On the 23rd March, Mama performed their first ever show. We’d like to share a great review from the Congleton Chronical with you.
“Tribute bands come and go, and indeed the whole tribute scene seems to be slowing down, but those paying homage to the big prog bands still seem to draw the crowds. Maybe it’s because of the general inactivity of the real thing, and indeed, Genesis remain a sleeping dinosaur. We 50 year-old men live in hope but in the meantime, “Mama” are a very acceptable alternative on a Friday night. In Birkenhead.
Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the now defunct “Face Value”, one of the most successful and long-lasting Genesis tributes, this was their very first show, and the next to last concert to be held at the Pacific Arts Centre, a fantastic 800-capacity venue in Beirut Birkenhead. It’s council-owned, hence why it’s shutting. The last show, the night after, was by a Rush tribute, so my first paragraph refers.
Tonight’s gig was a treat for Genesis fans of all eras, and indeed, that’s part of the bands marketing, and even a Gabriel number and Steve Hackett instrumental were thrown in for good measure, the latter rather more successful and actually a highlight of the setlist, along with “Mama” itself, opening the second half, “Domino” (closing the first), and a jolly fine stab at the “In the cage” medley, including the “Cinema show” section that invariably sets my spine vibrating.
Similarly, the closing section of “The musical box” was awesome, and would carry even more impact if segued onto something else, as Genesis themselves often did. Indeed, as the band grows in confidence, its own, unique medley arrangement should not be a task beyond their undoubted talents. Despite some first-night nerves, the musicianship was first-class, as it has to be not only to be anything like a “tribute” to the original masterclass act, but also to satisfy those sad 50-yearold blokes I mentioned, like me, who know every note and make mental notes of any missed.
A particular nod of respect to the drummer who was as relaxed as Phil himself and added his own personality as well as paying respect to the original arrangement. Class. These boys will only get better — and bigger — and the first gigs already include an ambitious date at the Albert Halls in Bolton, but rather closer (and cosier) is the Box in Crewe on Saturday, 19th May. Treat yourself.”
Thanks to Andy Banks / Congleton Chronical for allowing us to reproduce their review in its entirety.
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