The Book Of Genesis
April 2, 2017 - 't Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (NL)
It's most of the time, a real treat to see a professional Genesis tribute band. Most of all if they do a real copy of the live shows Genesis did when lead singer Peter Gabriel was still a member of the band. The fantastic progressive rock music in combination with the costumes and other props are a real feast for your eyes and ears. As many of you do know that the list of Genesis tribute bands is almost countless. In the past I have already seen several of them. Included are Genesis Project. Carpet Crawlers, ReGenesis, The Musical Box and The Watch. Unfortunately the last one only copies the music of Genesis and therefore no real visual aspects are included in their shows. A band which covers it all the way are The Book Of Genesis. An act which I hadn't seen before. The people from ProgFrog managed to get them on their stage during the first Sunday of April this year. Of course this was a great opportunity for our team to see how capable they are to relive the golden years of Genesis.
The first set (50 minutes long) started with a song which is used by many Genesis tribute bands to start with, just as the original band did in the seventies. It's the opening piece from Foxtrot (1972) and has the title Watcher Of The Skies. During this science-fiction themed piece lead singer Nigel Betteridge wore, just like Peter Gabriel, bat wings on the side of his head, had a kind of glowing UV make-up around his eyes, and a black cape on his shoulders. Although Nigel's differs from Peter's voice he managed to copy him well in all of his gestures and singing lines. Also the musicians (all dressed up in white except for the female drummer) that accompanied him, did copy the original performers the best way possible. Next up was again a track taken from the same album. For the property development-themed Get 'Em Out By Friday Nigel was wearing two different hats. He did this to visualize the conversation between the four characters which are mentioned
The usual encore done by Genesis was already done. So instead of hearing The Knife they of course did I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). A track which was released by Genesis as a UK single that reached No. 21 following its release in February 1974. Lawnmower hats were worn by the musicians on stage. Unfortunately Nigel didn't do the lawnmower walk or the Collins tambourine act. Instead a small section of Stagnation taken from Trespass could be enjoyed as well. After this piece of music was finished again an overwhelmed applause could be heard. Making clear that the Dutch audience loved them all the way and would love to have them back on a Dutch stage sooner or later.
No doubt about that! Because they brought back the fantastic musical period of Genesis between1970 and 1976. The Book Of Genesis are most certainly capable to relive the golden years of Genesis. Anybody present during this sunny Sunday afternoon at 't Blok will agree with me! They certainly want more! Much more!
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Setlist The Book Of Genesis:
Watcher Of The Skies
Get 'Em Out By Friday
The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
The Musical Box
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Carpet Crawlers
Can-Utility And The Coastliners
Firth Of Fifth
Bobís Bits (section Blood On The Rooftops & Horizons included)
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (section Stagnation included)
The Book Of Genesis
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Line up The Book Of Genesis:(left to right)
bass guitar, bass pedals, backing vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar and double neck bass/ six-string guitar.
electric and acoustic guitars
keyboards, 12 string acoustic guitar
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