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    Posted: February 18 2017 at 10:13
I had the great pleasure to attend The Musical Box's performance of "Selling England By The Pound" last night (17 Feb, 2017) at the historic Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Illinois. 

I'm a fan of TMB, having seen their Foxtrot and Lamb shows, so I had high expectations & was not disappointed!  

TMB is more than a tribute band to Genesis....they strive to recreate the feel of the original Genesis concerts by using vintage instruments (real Mellotron!), electronics and stage settings.  They also pride themselves on performing the music nearly perfectly, note-for-note in a concert setting.  

The show opened with "Watcher of the Skies," which is an excellent opening song for this band!  After a quick costume change, they launched into "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight," with lush Mellotron 8-Voice chorus tapes filling the room!  

In addition to the tracks on "Selling England," they performed "The Musical Box," "Supper's Ready" and "Can Utility and the Coastliners" which was the encore song.  

If you ever have a chance to see this hard-working and dedicated band, please do so!!  






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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Darious Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2017 at 10:27
I'm only waiting when they're coming back to the UK, and then I don't care where they are going to perform - I will be there, I heard enough about them

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2017 at 12:02
Originally posted by Darious Darious wrote:

I'm only waiting when they're coming back to the UK, and then I don't care where they are going to perform - I will be there, I heard enough about them

You will love them!  The Lamb show was outstanding, and they used many of the slides from the original Genesis tour.  

They will be in the UK later in 2017: 


I am always amazed at how perfectly they perform these works....like most of us, I think I know every nuance, every drum beat, every guitar note etc. in the songs, and they have those down exactly!!  


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This was during the opening song, Watcher of the Skies!



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 18 2017 at 12:27
This was the song "Musical Box" as I recall!  Nice lights!



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Blacksword Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 23 2017 at 23:57
I saw them doing SEBTP in London, last October. Incredible show! I hope they tour the lamb some time soon.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kepler62 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 24 2017 at 06:42
I saw them in Montreal, Quebec some years ago doing Foxtrot at the Bell Center where the Montreal Canadiens play. It was in the smaller theater-like cut down set up. Funny thing was that we went the day of the show hoping to score some tickets off a scalper but there was a guy giving them away as a promo ! Concert was great. They also did some other stuff that I can't remember. There was another band called Over The Garden Wall that used to play the clubs with a chick keyboard player back in n the eighties that I saw quite a few times. Not as elaborate as The Musical Box but really great nonetheless. They didn't play full albums but jumped around all over the place if I remember correctly. Even the later Phil Collins crap. 

Just found a vid of them. 




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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Mirror Image Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2017 at 11:33
The whole idea of a cover band seems rather ridiculous to me. I prefer to hear what a band can bring to the musical table that is their own and not someone elseís. Obviously, thereís nothing wrong with emulation and being influenced by a mega prog band like Genesis, but Iíd say these guys are better off trying to write their own music. I definitely have more interest in that than listening to a band play a Genesis piece note-for-note. If I want to listen to Genesis, Iíll listen to them.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote cstack3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 04 2017 at 22:51
Originally posted by Mirror Image Mirror Image wrote:

The whole idea of a cover band seems rather ridiculous to me. I prefer to hear what a band can bring to the musical table that is their own and not someone elseís. Obviously, thereís nothing wrong with emulation and being influenced by a mega prog band like Genesis, but Iíd say these guys are better off trying to write their own music. I definitely have more interest in that than listening to a band play a Genesis piece note-for-note. If I want to listen to Genesis, Iíll listen to them.

It is not only the music, but the entire vibe of Genesis in concert circa 1972-73!  Musical Box are perfectionists, who recreate the stage setting precisely.  They use vintage instruments & effects, and really bring this old music back to life. 

I don't know how much Genesis toured the US in those old days, and I never saw them until "And Then There Was Three," so it was a fine experience to hear the music faithfully performed and presented.  

I consider them to be far more than a cover band.  
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barbu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: June 12 2017 at 21:08
^ Absolutely.

Saw them a good ten times in the last 20 years, even traveled in the early days and will definitely go see them again.

You don't do that for a cover band.
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