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In The Cage, Nuneaton Arts Centre, 21st November 2003

Performing just 3 miles away from my doorstep, Genesis tribute band In The Cage hit the Nuneaton venue.  There are a few Genesis tribute bands around, The Musical Box, Re-Genesis and Seconds Out just to name three, but it was my first time to see In The Cage.

From the fog outside it wasn't much different indoors when the band opened with Watcher Of The Skies.  Singer Trevor Garrard complete with bat-wings and face paint controlled the small crowd with his movement and voice. 

Now, most Genesis tributes follow the Gabriel era, but ITC include the period up to 1980 so that means Phil Collins vocals, and Squonk, One For The Vine and A Trick Of The Tail showing us that the band have a wide and varied set.

Back to the Gabriel years, and a classic from ‘71, Fountain Of Salmacis, which featured a nice Mellotron opening from Mark Rae.  Next up, the Lamb kebab as was stated by Trevor which was a medley of The Lamb Lies Down, Carpet Crawl and In The Cage, the latter featuring an un-planned power failure just before the 'Outside the cage, I see my brother John' bit, but it appeared again in the second set!

Firth Of Fifth, Turn It On Again, I know What I Like formed a nice little start to the second half, and moving again to the Collins years, Burning Rope filled the venue to a lot of cheers. Cinema Show was next, and the classic Supper's Ready ended the set, with flower head, and Magog mask put the song firmly in its hall of fame.

Encores included Follow You Follow Me, Afterglow and a spine tingling version of It's Yourself with Los Endos putting an end to a enjoyable evening. The rest of the band features Patrick Heron on guitars and flute, Shaun Hunt on bass and Mark Jordan (of Summer Indoors fame) on the drums.

Danny Mayo

In the Cage

 

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