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Review: Genesis Connected turn it on again at the Harlow Playhouse

Entertainment / Sat 10th Feb 2024 at 01:01pm

THIS was Genesis Connected’s first appearance at the Harlow Playhouse.

Playing in front of a close to capacity audience who loved every single minute of it, we feel they will be back.

What may draw them back was a red hot second half.

We find that with a lot of tribute groups, they do tend to pace themselves. Geneses Connected were no exception. A faithful first half as they went through s collection of Genesis in the eighties, plus a few Mike and the Mechanics as well as a brave stab at a new Peter Gabriel number.

But when they came out in the second half to the menacing first bars of Mama, they really turned up the heat and produced what was a fantastic second half of close to ninety minutes.

At the centre of the performance is singer Pete Bultitude. He is an effortless Phil Collins without “doing” Phil Collins. Then again Phil Collins voice is not that different from Peter Gabriel and Paul Carrack is sort of similar as well.

They produced a classic In the Air Tonight followed by Los Endos from Trick of the Tail. There is a magical Solsbury Hill in there, a really funky Easy Lover and a triumphant Biko.

It was hit after hit but played by a really tight professional band who were really enjoying themselves.

Maybe next time they will fit in Get Em Out Tonight (if you know you know) and they are the type of band you would love to take on a whole album (maybe not Lamb Lies Down on Broadway) but maybe Duke?

Speaking of which, Turn It On Again was an absolute belter (or it banger these days/).

A great evening, enjoyed by a very appreciative crowd.

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