Counting out time
The freshly launched 2007 will be a big year for lovers of progressive-rock legends Genesis. First, the long-awaited -- and clearly long overdue -- restoration of the band's catalog, beginning with the early "Trespass" (essential), and stretching up to and including "Calling All Stations" (less so) begins.
Each of these original albums will be remastered and issued in a double-disc set with deluxe packaging and a bonus DVD with surround-sound mixes in two formats: Digital Theater Surround and Dolby 5.1. They will arrive as mini box sets, which should satisfy the "album-as-artifact" fetishists among the old-school Genesis fan base, of which there are surely many.
In the slightly tempered good news category, there will indeed be a Genesis reunion, replete with world tour and rumored new recordings, in 2007, roughly coinciding with the staggered release schedule for the reissue campaign. That's the good news. The bad news is, neither Peter Gabriel nor Steve Hackett will be on board, which leaves the trio of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks -- responsible for Genesis music both inspired and lasting ("And Then There Were Three . . .," "Duke") and lifelessly stiff ("We Can't Dance," anyone?) -- to hoist the Genesis flag across Europe and, later on, America.
In the meantime, the Genesis-starved among you -- I know you're out there, and I feel your pain -- can get a temporary fix from one of the finest period-specific Genesis tribute bands working, the Waiting Room. The group comes to the Tralf, 622 Main St., next Friday for an 8 p.m. show. Advance tickets are $10 (box office, Ticketmaster). Admission at the door will be $12.
Burn out the night
In August, Blue Oyster Cult put the naysayers -- and anyone who likes to scream "More cowbell!" during rock shows -- in their place with a fiery, visceral and delightfully strange set on the grandstand stage at the Erie County Fair. Digging deep for gems from the past, the group reminded us of a time when rock music was complex and slightly dangerous, ominous and fun, virtuosic and physical, smart and sardonic -- the list of things rock music isn't very often anymore doesn't have to end here, but I'm breaking my own heart, so I'll stop. You get the drift.
At any rate, B.O.C. was in rare form that night, and its music sounded surprisingly contemporary, a fact underscored by the presence in the fairgrounds crowd of a healthy number of B.O.C. T-shirt-sporting teens and twentysomethings. The group's progressive blend of hard rock has been passed down from parents to children, apparently, and the group's legacy appears to be in good hands.
Judge for yourself when Blue Oyster Cult -- led, as ever, by the trio of Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma and Alan Lanier -- arrives for a show inside Club Paradise, 3950 McKinley Parkway, Hamburg, at 7 p.m. next Friday. Tickets are $20 in advance through Tickets.com. Admission at the door on the night of the show will be $25.
If you've read the above, you might be surprised to learn that, in Buffalo this very week, a non-classic rock concert will indeed take place! Yes, folks, former Futher Seems Forever vocalist Jason Gleason -- who is at least a decade away from being considered a classic rocker -- will bring his new project, Action Reaction, to the Buffalo Icon, 391 Ellicott St., beginning at 6 p.m Sunday.
Though Gleason is rightfully considered one of the major proponents of the emo-core boom that swept across this country in the early years of the decade, with Action Reaction he has broadened his horizons a bit, delving into a sound that still packs a wallop but is far more open-ended than much of what currently passes for emo.
In the band's bio, accompanying its recently released Equal Vison Records effort "3 Is the Magic Number," Gleason credits his love for "ELO, Travis, Pearl Jam, Talking Heads and U2" for the refreshing maturity and expansiveness of the new direction he and his bandmates appear dead-set on pursuing.
On Sunday inside the Icon, Action Reaction shares an exciting triple-bill with power-poppers the Pink Spiders and Chicago-bred shoegazers Kill Hannah. Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Icon box office or through www.ticketmaster.com. Admission at the door on the night of the show will be $12.