“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
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.
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