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This weekend: The Musical Box and Taylor Hicks

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As tribute bands go, it's hard to think of one that has set its heights higher than the Music Box, the touring act dedicated to insanely accurate musical and visual recreations of vintage Genesis (the complex, ambitious but gorgeously melodic progressive rock band of the '70s, as opposed to the later hit-makers). This time through, the band is offering a simulacrum of "A Trick of the Tail," the first post-Peter Gabriel album, at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield. The show starts at 7:30 tonight and again tomorrow, and tickets are $43.50. Call (773) 472-0449.

Poor Taylor Hicks: The silver-haired Everyman with the golden voice seemed to hold the world in his hand after winning the fifth season of "American Idol" in 2006. Now he's just another musician struggling on tour and recently dumped by his major label, Arista Records. Nevertheless, the Soul Patrol, his dedicated legion of fans, will likely be out in force when he takes the stage at Martyr's, 3855 N. Lincoln, at 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $40 via Ticketmaster, (312) 559-1212 or

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It should also be mentioned that The Musical Box is an officially licensed "product" of Genesis; no doubt most in attendance will/have picked up their reissue box sets. Absolutely brilliant marketing while remaining respectful to their legacy.

Now contrast this with Yes who hired a tribute singer to dupe for an ailing Jon Anderson!

Ah, too bad:

I meant to see The Musical Box, but forgot when it was coming.

Hope they tour The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway one of these years.

Hey Ron they did the lamb about 2 years ago. Brilliant performance. Sorry you missed tit.

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