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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway 2020 / 2021

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The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway

After The Musical Box have finished their A Genesis Extravaganza Tour, they will return with an familiar show in fall 2020: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. This show was always subject to discussions, rumors and has always been a bis mystic. The German Genesis Fanclub has already organized two sold out events about that album and tour in 2001 and 2012. Also, the list of tourdates has been updated frequently with new facts and info.

The Musical Box will return with The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway in fall 2020 with shows in Europe (continent). UK shows are now confirmed for early 2021.

BACK IN 1974

In May 1974, the Selling England by the Pound tour being over, Genesis approaches its most ambitious project: writing and recording a concept album.

Many ideas are proposed, including the story of The Little Prince. But finally, the band accepts Peter Gabriel's proposal to write a contemporary story set in New York City, which he entitles The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.

The other musicians set up at Headley Grange in England to write the music. Genesis quickly realized that they had material not just for two, but three good sides, so they decided to produce a double album. Meanwhile, Peter writes the lyrics himself, with minimal help from his bandmates on just one or two songs.

The album is recorded in Wales in August 74 and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway is finally released on November 22nd, 1974. Much work went into preparing the show and the entire new album would be performed live. The tour scheduled to start in October in England, is postponed when Steve Hackett injures his hand.

The first concert is performed at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago on November 20th. After only five 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 Lamb shows [see complete list of tour dates here], Genesis performs its last concert with Peter Gabriel in May 1975 in France. In August 1975, the announcement of Peter Gabriel's departure from Genesis was officially made.

It was the end of an era.


From the beginning of its project in 1993, it was obvious to The Musical Box that recreating The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour would be its greatest challenge.

In July 2000, The Musical Box received a 1 year licence from Genesis and Peter Gabriel to recreate The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in Canada. Never before had any other band obtained these grand rights. To fulfil its mission of accurately recreating the original tour, The Musical Box assembles extensive documentation, mainly in the form of more than a 1000 photos and slides. A few Super-8mm private movies give a better understanding of the choreographies and the general atmosphere of the show.

The Musical Box receives, from Genesis, copies of the 1120 slides used in the original tour. More than a month is necessary to put them back in order and situate them in the songs. Finally, thanks to Genesis and to people who worked on the original tour, most of the remaining questions about the show were answered.

For the music and the sound, the same instruments and equipment as Genesis used for the album were found. Access to Michael Rutherford’s original guitar and the acquisition of a rare Micro-Fret 6 string bass allowed an exact reproduction to be made. Masks, costumes, make-up, accessories, sets, lights, special effects, choreography and staging of the show are all recreated with meticulous precision. The 'Slipperman' alone required nearly 2 months of work, each detail being scrupulously reproduced by hand. To re-create the 'Lamia', many models were necessary, including a full size prototype.

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.

In 2004, The Musical Box has been granted a 2 years world wide licence to perform The Lamb and this time they toured North America and Europe with this show. It was the last time fans could see a recreation of that show.

No, The Musical Box will gi on the road again with the Lamb - at least in 2020 and 2021.

The story of Rael is told again, for those who wish to hear IT and see IT.

What Phil Collins said in 2005 about the show:

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen, Friends and Fans....
Well 30 years has whistled by and we find ourselves on a celebratory journey back to 1974 to rediscover that ancient work....
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
I remember it like it was yesterday, the writing sessions in the rat infested Headley Grange, near Guildford... Pete in one room with a grand piano with sheathes of blank paper waiting to be filled with lyrics, every now and then joining the rest of us as we thrashed through various jams and unfinished pieces of songs that were floating around. The incredible day we "wrote" what was to become
The Waiting Room... then titled Evil Jam, improvising wildly through our dictionary of the nastiest noises we could find, and then, when suddenly our "mood" shifted so did the weather outside, from thunder and pouring rain to sunshine and rainbows..... I guess you had to be there, but it WAS very special!!!
The recording at a Farm in somewhere in Wales. Us set up in a barn, with the Island Mobile parked by the pig sty..... John Burns ever ready with a roll up!!! Having more material than the time to finish it, we ended up doing 24 hour sessions at Island Basing Street Studios, now Sarm West (home of Frankie goes to Hollywood the Band Aid single to name but several). Racing to finish tracks so we could get it all wrapped up in time to go to America and play the entire double album before a bewildered public, who had not heard a note of it as it hadn't been released yet!!! Now that WAS interesting!!!
It also leads me to why I'm writing this.
The Lamb was never filmed for posterity. There are some very short patchy videos, very scratchy quality, taken by fans from an audience P.O.V.... but otherwise nothing to jog your memory, until now that is.
The Musical Box are a group of artists who have, over the years, painstakingly recreated various periods of the early Genesis years, with amazing accuracy and aplomb. In the early days, whenever we were invited to go to a bar to see a band playing some of our stuff, I was always amazed at how they actually played it BETTER than we did. Nowadays there are a few bands out there doing it, but right at the top of the pile are who you have come to see tonight.... The Musical Box.
I've heard of them for ages, but never gotten around to ACTUALLY see them. Having done so, I have to say it's an eerie feeling because they have uncannily captured US BACK THEN in every way. Using the original back projection slides from our old show, they now have the advantage of technology unavailable to us back then. We probably only managed a handful of shows (at most) where everything worked as it should have done. Tonight, God willing, you'll see the show as it should and could have been back then if the projector hadn't caught fire, or if the operator hadn't pressed the wrong button by mistake and fast forwarded the slides to the next song!!! Hey, this was the 70's remember!!! Anyway I doff my hat to the lads and their crew.... they've picked up the baton and run with it, and it's there for all to see. Enjoy it.

Phil Collins (the singing drummer)

Watch this space for shows to be announced!

last update: 15/02/2020


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Paris - L'Olympia

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Bordeaux - Théatre Femina

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Marseille - Cepac Silo

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Lausanne - Salle Métropole

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Brussels - Cirque Royal

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Lisbon - Aula Magna

Barcelona - BARTS

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Frankfurt - Jahrhunderthalle

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Chemnitz - Stadthalle

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Munich - Circus Krone

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27/11/20 Essen - Grugahalle

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28/11/20 Karlsruhe - Konzerthaus

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03/12/20 Stuttgart - Liederhalle

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04/12/20 Eindhoven - Muziekgebouw

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05/12/20 Osterholz-Scharmbeck - Stadthalle

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06/12/20 Utrecht - Tivoli

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Edinburgh - Usher Hall

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12/02/21 Newcastle - Tyne Theatre

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13/02/21 Cambridge - Corn Exchange

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14/02/21 York - Barbican

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16/02/21 Manchester - Bridgewater Hall

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19/02/21 Bath - Forum

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20/02/21 Cardiff - St. David's Hall

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21/02/21 Plymouth - Pavillions

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23/02/21 Portsmouth - Guildhall

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25/02/21 Leicester - De Monfort Hall

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26/02/21 London - Eventim Apollo

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27/02/21 Birmingham - Symphony Hall

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