In the Beginning

Canadian quintet pays respects to early Genesis music machine.

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Musical Box founder Sébastian Lamothe suspects the Montreal-based quintet will update its re-enactments of Genesis' 1970s concerts after tonight's show at Playhouse Square. But until then, the band will recreate the tour that heralded the Brit supergroup's 1973 album, Selling England by the Pound, with songs like "Supper's Ready," "Horizons," and "The Return of the Giant Hogweed." "We're beyond curious; we're fascinated. At the same time, we're obsessed with trying to nail it down and understand not only the way they wrote the songs but the way they were performed," says the 37-year-old Lamothe, who impersonates guitarist Mike Rutherford. "As much as we learn, the fascination goes up."The group formed in 1993 to commemorate the album's 20th anniversary by reconstructing a live Genesis concert, complete with '70s-era speakers, guitars, and black-light stage imagery. Since then, they've shared the stage with several Genesis alumni, including guitarist Steve Hackett during a 2002 show at London's Royal Albert Hall. Drummer Phil Collins has even said that his Canadian counterparts play his songs better than he did. "Genesis has been very supportive after some bunch of years, and they feel comfortable with our approach," says Lamothe. "This is about trying to put back onstage the reality of what they were."Still, the band is gearing up to revamp its act to mirror Genesis' ascent to '80s pop, with albums like Abacab and Invisible Touch. "Every single time is an adventure onstage," says Lamothe. "We cross our fingers and hope for the best." Relive Genesis at 8 tonight at the Palace Theatre, 1615 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $10 to $38.75. Call 216-241-6000 or visit
Sun., Dec. 9, 8 p.m., 2007
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