Security Project - Live 1
The “Tribute Band” concept can sometimes wear thin, especially here in the Madison market, but, the big stages on the touring circuit occasionally see more interesting and fully-realized concepts come through, particularly in the prog rock realm. The Security Project is one of the more spellbinding tribute productions currently in existence.
To sum this group up, they are performing the early material of Peter Gabriel, with a strong emphasis on his 3rd and 4th album songs. If you only know of Gabriel via his overly saturated radio/video hits “Sledgehammer” and “Big Time”, then this is probably not for you. If you appreciate the inventiveness of “Biko” and “No Self Control”, then you’ll get it.
What’s really amazing here are the vocals of Brian Cummins, who sounds almost more like Peter Gabriel than Gabriel himself nowadays. Famed rock drummer Jerry Marotta, who played on those Gabriel albums, brings some solid cred and those crucial polyrhythmic drum patterns to the proceedings. Trey Gunn’s 10-string touch guitar replicates the original Tony Levin bass parts admirably. And the song selection is truly inspired, spanning Genesis-era gems like “Back In NYC”, to the “Games Without Frontiers/Of These, Hope” (from ‘The Last Temptation Of Christ’) medley. Recommended.