The Musical Box – The Exclusive Authorized Re-creation Of Genesis’ “The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway”
Wed December 12, 2012
Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 8:00 pm
Cost: $35 Adv/$40 Day Of Show
About the Event:
With so much going on visually and musically, there is something new to catch with every performance of this show! Please take advantage of this night as this is their last Atlanta performance of Lamb!
- “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 – voir Montreal – Nov 2002)
- “When it came to the gig (Geneva, Feb 24th 2005), I watched and listened. They played that stuff better than we ever did.”
(Phil Collins’ official website – March 2005)
- “I cannot imagine that you could have a better tribute for any act. They not only manage to sound, but look virtually identical. It seems as though nothing is too difficult for them.”
(Steve Hackett – Story.New.Yahoo.com – Jul 2002)
- “It was bette than the real thing actually. It was great, that was fantastic.”
(Mike Rutherford – BBC News – Feb 2002)
- “I have seen a video of them and the guy who does Peter Gabriel is
(Tony Banks – Nova TV – FEB 1998)
The Musical Box
In May 1974, The Selling England by the Pound tour being over, Genesis take in hand their most ambitious project, a concept album.
Many ideas are proposed, including the story of “The Little Prince”. But finally, Peter begins writing a story of a contemporary character which he entitles intitule “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”.
The other musicians set up at Headley Grange to write the music. Sometimes, they improvise on certain themes; “Pharaons going down the Nile” will become “Fly on a windshield” and “The Evil Jam” will become “The Waiting Room”.
The album is recorded in Wales in August 74 and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is finally released on November 18th, 1974. The tour scheduled to start in October in England, was postponed when Steve injures his hand. The first concert is performed at the Chicago Auditorium on November 20th. After only 5 concerts, Peter Gabriel decides to leave the band at the end of the tour.
Even though the tour is a success, mainly in Europe, Genesis finds that the production is not stable enough to be recorded, so the show is never filmed.
After more than 100 performances, the last concert of Genesis with Peter Gabriel is held in France, in May 1975.
THE MUSICAL BOX
From the beginning in 1993, it was obvious to The Musical Box that the biggest challenge would be the recreation of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
In February 2000, nearly 2 years after the first request to Genesis and Peter Gabriel, THE MUSICAL BOX receives confirmation that a license for the provinces of Quebec and Ontario in Canada will be provided. Never before has any other band obtained these rights.
Most of the documentation is based on more than a 1000 photos and slides. A few Super-8mm private movies including a 13 minutes film take in Liverpool in April 1975, give a better understanding of the choreographies and the general atmosphere.
In June 2000, THE MUSICAL BOX receives a copy of the 1120 slides used in the original Genesis tour. More than a month is recessary to put them back in order and locate them in the songs.
Finaly, thanks to Genesis and to people who worked on the original tour, the remaining questions were answered.
For the music and the sound, the same instruments and equipement as the ones used for the album were found. The acquisition of a Micro-Fret 6 string bass and the access to Michael Rutherford double neck has allowed an exact reproduction. Masks, costumes, make-up, accessories, sets, lights, special effects, choreographies and staging of the show are all recreated with meticulous precision. The slipperman alone requires nearly 2 months of work. Each detail being scrupulously reproduced by hand. To re-create the Lamia, many models including one real size were necessary.
THE MUSICAL BOX’s first presentation of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was performed at the Spectrum in Montreal on October 11th, 2000 more than 25 years after the last performance of Genesis with Peter Gabriel. The story of Rael is told again, for those who wish to hear IT and see IT.