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Want to see a 1973 Genesis concert?

Jan 4th, 2016 - 6:30PM /
Bob Giarda
bgiarda [at] cityofkingston.ca

“The Musical Box recreated, very accurately I must say, what Genesis was doing. I saw them in Bristol with my children so they could see what their father did back then” – Peter Gabriel

The Musical Box
The exclusive, authorized by Peter Gabriel

Re-Creation of Genesis' Selling England by the Pound

Date/Time: Friday, January 22, 2016  7:30p.m.

So What Is It?

In 1973, Genesis toured Europe and North America to promote the album Selling England By The Pound with a unique stage show. It was the very first concert to make use of special lighting, sets, and visual effects, becoming one of the first ever multimedia performances, changing major concerts in an enduring fashion.

The Musical Box, a group based out of Montreal, is internationally acclaimed for its historical reenactment of early Genesis’ works, is coming to Kingston to perform Selling England By The Pound, the emblematic 1973 show that made Genesis and Peter Gabriel attain rockstar status, complete with Peter Gabriel’s famous theatrics and Genesis’ unique musicianship, the band’s artistry would produce some of the most iconic images and sound of the progressive rock era, such as the mythic 23 minutes long Supper’s Ready, considered as one of the most intense live experience ever created.

This '73 concert tour revolutionized how concerts were performed – no more were artists just standing there playing instruments, the concert experience was now a theatrical extravaganza.  Think of the sparse staging of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, compared to the over the top concert tours of today like U2, Coldplay and Madonna where lasers, pyrotechnics, fog and video imagery are the norm.  Genesis in 1973 changed it all, not with pyrotechnics and lasers, but with elaborate staging, dazzling costumes, wild makeup and masks, slide imagery and strobe lighting. 

They blew their audiences minds – and they’re going to do it again here in Kingston.

Did You Know?

  • The album’s title Selling England by the Pound (SEBTP), reflects the loss of English folk culture and an increased American influence.
  • The show is a 1973 theatrical recreation of that cultural point in time.
  • The actual, original tour played Queen's University in Bartlett Gym on November 9, 1973.
  • Closest thing to a Genesis reunion with Peter Gabriel.
  • In 1973, Genesis performed Selling England by the Pound at Queen’s University as a stop on the original tour.
  • Sex, drugs and rock and roll became an official mantra in 1973. 
  • Average concert ticket price was $5 in 1973.  At Massey Hall, tickets sold for $3.00 advance and $3.80 at the door.
  • For the tour, Gabriel shaved the hair in front of his head, wore fluorescent eye make up (which showed up great under the black lights), a cape and bat wings.  Sounds odd by today’s standards, but consider Alice Cooper was shocking audiences with Dead Babies, KISS was in full makeup and costumes, and David Bowie was glittering as Ziggy Stardust.  But Gabriel’s outlandish stage antics got the band noticed by the press.
  • Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, never had a hit single in the United States, however were still able to mount successful North American tours.
  • SEBYP was Genesis’ fifth studio album and was their first charting success in the UK Top 10 at #3 and #70 in the USA. 
  • John Covach Review of the show:  http://www.ibiblio.org/johncovach/genesis.htm
  • AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine of the album:  http://www.allmusic.com/album/selling-england-by-the-pound-mw0000189986
  • YouTube Links to Genesis and SEBPTP