Genesis, especially with original frontman Peter Gabriel, is a thing of the past and unlikely to happen in the future.
So the next best thing -- even according to the band members themselves -- is the Musical Box.
The Montreal-based tribute troupe has been recreating Genesis shows since 1993, with the full endorsement of the Genesis organization. And its current presentation of the 1974 rock opera "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" is fully sanctioned, right down to costuming and visuals provided by the Genesis camp.
"There's definitely a huge mystery around 'The Lamb...' because (Genesis) purposely didn't want to record the show at the time, or film it. They really purposely tried to keep it on the dark side," notes Sebastien [cq] Lamothe, the Musical Box's stand-in for Mike Rutherford on bass and guitar.
"The first time we presented 'The Lamb...' there was such an appetite for it, mostly because people absolutely have no idea what the show was about apart from people who saw it. So there's a sense from people that they have to see this."
Lamothe, 41, says the Musical Box plans to keep "The Lamb..." show on the road until late 2012 or even into 2013. After that it may return to one of the other 70s Genesis productions,
"We're always trying to bring back memories for people who attended the shows in the early days," Lamothe says "or show people who didn't get to see those early shows -- like me and everybody in (the Musical Box) -- what was going on. We feel it's something worthwhile and something people love to see, so we're really happy to play pretty much anywhere we feel there's that old Genesis vibe or interest."
The Musical Box performs Genesis' "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.