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Musical Box: Selling England By The Pound


Nov 21, 2013


Thu, 11/21/2013 - 8:00pm

In the autumn of 1973, a musical event was about to re-define the concept of a rock show. Five British musicians, under the name of Genesis, began touring Europe and North America to promote the release of their fourth album, Selling England by the Pound. Both the theatrical imagination of Peter Gabriel and the intricacy and intensity of Genesis' music reached their apex, and were enhanced by surrealistic sets and special visual effects, leaving the audience spellbound. For what proved to be one of the first-ever multimedia performances, Selling England by the Pound remains a vivid memory for those privileged to have attended it. The timelessness of the artistry was such that almost 30 years later, the show is still contemporary, and enjoys a cult-like following and has become a classic.

To pay homage to the artistic genius of Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford, that Classic is being restaged by Montreal-based group The Musical Box. A team of musicians, technicians and collectors invested years of work in reproducing the original Selling England by the Pound concert in painstaking detail. All masks, costumes, make-up, accessories, sets, lighting design, special effects, choreography and musical presentation to be meticulously duplicated. The construction of certain scenic elements demanded extensive research, as a number of materials used by Genesis at the time have since become extremely rare. Access to the original slides used by Genesis in their tour completed the visual recreation. To do justice to the intensity of Genesis' music, the show reproduction was based on the studio versions of the pieces.

In view of the fact that no printed music of Selling England by the Pound exists, there was no choice but to work it all out ‘by ear’, which proved to be quite a challenge. It also became necessary to acquire the instruments that characterized the Genesis sound: among others, the Mellotron sounds, the Hammond Organ, the Hohner Pianet, Rickenbacker double-neck guitars, bass pedals, Leslie cabinets, etc.

For the first time since 1974, the Genesis’ Selling England by the Pound show was performed in England in the Spring 2002. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett attended the show. The itinerary featured some venues from the original tour and ended at the London Royal Albert Hall with Steve Hackett playing an encore with the band. The Musical Box has shown that an original show can be recreated successfully.

Licensed by Genesis and Peter Gabriel

Ticket Price: $60.00




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80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, CT

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