The Book Of Genesis
February 21, 2020 - Parkvilla Theater, Alphen a/d Rijn (NL)
Congratulations to the people of Serious Music Alphen. This year they celebrate their 10th anniversary and started the new season very strong by booking one of the best Genesis tribute bands on the planet. Yes, the amazing music, visuals and props of The Book Of Genesis were back at the Parkvilla in Alphen aan de Rijn in the Netherlands after being away for 2 years. After their first performance (see review) at the same venue I wrote that of course I could go on and on raving about this amazing performance by this excellent Genesis tribute band. Words hardly could describe what took place at the stage at the time. The second time on a Dutch stage was a major success and there probably will be a third time, fourth time, fifth time as well. Because we always want more and more! Much more! And the third time takes place again at this lovely cosy venue. Even a fourth time will take place this year because the following day the band will do a concert in Ulft as part of the mini European tour. A tour which also included a performance at the Spirit of 66 in Verviers in Belgium one day before this concert.
But before the band could start the first set with the Peter Gabriel years in the spotlight, a short introduction was done by a special guest of honour. Namely Richard Macphail, the manager, cook, van driver of Genesis in the early '70s. He wrote his memories of that time in his book My book of Genesis, which has a foreword by Peter Gabriel. After that it was show time again with a capital S. This time around Betteridge was wearing a wig during the whole first set, something he didn't wear three years ago. This certainly made him look more like Gabriel. As usual was the opening piece Watcher Of The Skies. Of course Nigel wore the bat wings on the side of his head and a black cape on his shoulders. Also during Dancing With The Moonlit Knight he put on some special clothes. With a helmet on his head and wearing a shield in the colours of the British flag it was obvious for everybody present that he was Britannia, even if someone shouted 'Brexit'.
After the break it was Phil Collins time. Meaning the spotlight was now on the person who replaced the bands original vocalist behind the microphone. This didn't mean the second part what less spectacular in visuals and music. No way! The band once again went full speed and entertained the audience throughout the entire second set. From the instrumental Squonk until the oldest Genesis composition performed (The Knife) during the final encore, it was one big musical highlight for everybody present. Therefore, a standing ovation was once again in place. They had witnessed a band in great shape copying the Collins years with songs taken from A Trick Of The Tail (1976) and Wind & Wuthering (1976) the best way possible. For example, during Entangled bass player Kirk Watson played the acoustic guitar in a perfect way, just like the earlier mentioned Arnold and Boder playing the six and twelve strings in a very delicate way. But also, songs originally sung by Gabriel got a excellent live rendition. Most of all the songs taken from The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Once again, the excellent musicians on stage brought back the fantastic musical period of Genesis between1970 and 1977. I guess everybody who has seen The Book Of Genesis know that they are most certainly capable to relive the golden years of Genesis in a perfect way. No doubt about the fact that they will return next year for more musical tributes to one of the best progressive rock acts in the genre. Because just like the last time we want more and more! Much more!
Henri Strik (edited by Dave Smith)
Setlist The Book Of Genesis:Set 1
Watcher Of The Skies
The Fountain Of Salmacis
Dancing With The Moonlit Knight
Firth Of Fifth
After The Ordeal
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Musical Box (Coda)
The Carpet Crawlers
Blood On The Rooftops
In The Cage medley/Afterglow
Dance On A volcano/Drum Duet/ Los Endos
The Book Of Genesis
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Line up The Book Of Genesis:(left to right)
lead vocals and additional drums
electric and acoustic guitars
bass guitar, bass pedals, backing vocals, 12 string acoustic guitar and double neck bass/ six-string guitar.
keyboards, 12 string acoustic guitar
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