The Security Project
The Center for the Arts Natick
When I was first informed that this show was being put together I immediately started to recruit some of my friends to get tickets. Having seen Peter Gabriel during his tour for the second solo release (aka Scratch) I knew the show would be a fascinating trip back into my early days as a Genesis/Gabriel fan. Also, having been inside TCAN in the past I knew this room would be amazing to catch this show as it is intimate and the acoustics are great.
The Security Project lineup includes Jerry Marotta on drums, Jerry was in the studio on drums for Peter Gabriel's second, third and fourth records. Trey Gunn on the Warr guitar who's had the distinction of playing with King Crimson for almost ten years. Michael Cozzi on guitar who spent years touring with the UK band Shriekback. David Jameson on a custom keyboard setup that also uses iPads and iPhones in the control scheme, the Eigenharp is also used to create some of the more amazing sounds generated by this band. David also performs in the band Beyond The Wall. Last but certainly not least is vocalist Brian Cummins who has been touring with the UK band The Carpet Crawlers and had just finished up a 40th anniversary of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour.
The show opener was Casey Desmond, a former Voice contestant from Boston whose parents were from the Boston band Bentmen. Casey's set was filled with vocally driven pop drenched in keyboards. Casey also filled in marvelously for Kate Bush during the "Don't Give Up" duet with Brian later on in the evening.
The nights material focused heavily on the music from Peter Gabriel's first five solo records but did dip into the Genesis catalog as well (see set list) with the excellent renditions of the first three tracks from that amazing record.
The entire night was a showcase of talent, the band excelled at playing the material that others would shy away from due to the complexities of the music. Some of the highlights of the almost two hour show were the aforementioned duet with Casey Desmond, Trey Gunns solo was incredible, Jerry Marotta showed why he is one of the top rated drummers around with an amazing sound and a recording resume to die for. Another was the remarkable, new to me, instrument the Eigenharp prominently featured in the song Biko. Evidently it uses velocity sensitive multi-expressive keys, each of which act like a 6-way joystick. This allows simultaneous pitch bend and modulation of each note played.
The band having just finished up this tour are planning a return in the October / November time frame. If you are a fan of Genesis or Peter Gabriel, do yourself a favor and catch one of these shows you will not be disappointed.
1- Lay Your Hands on me - 1982, Peter Gabriel (4th solo release aka Security)
2- I Don't Remember - 1980, Peter Gabriel (3rd solo release aka Melt)
3- Family Snapshot - Melt
4- No Self Control - Melt
5- The Family and the Fishing Net - Security
6- I Have The Touch - Security
7- Moribund the Burgermeister - 1977, Peter Gabriel (1st solo release aka Car)
8 - Solsbury Hill - Car
9- The Rhythm of the Heat - Security
10- Don't Give up (with guest vocalist Casey Desmond) - 1986, Peter Gabriel (5th solo release titled So)
11- Mercy Street - So
12- San Jacinto - Security
13- Intruder - Melt
14- Here Comes The flood (including Trey Gunn solo) - Car
15- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - 1974, Genesis (The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway)
16- Fly on a windshield - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
17- Broadway melody of 1974 - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
18- On The Air - 1978, Peter Gabriel (2ne solo release aka Scratch)
19 - Biko - Melt