Reviewed by Amanda Hayes
My husband and I set off for The Hawth in Crawley yesterday (Saturday 23 September 2017) to watch the Genesis tribute band, Afterglow. We both love Genesis’ music and having been to see a couple of other tribute bands we thought we knew what to expect, lots of popular Phil Collins hits with the odd album track.
The reality couldn’t be more different as Afterglow really are a Genesis tribute band, not a standard Phil Collins copy. Don’t expect a large band with super polished performances but accomplished musicians who really enjoy the music of Genesis, accompanied by a lead vocalist that did Phil Collins proud. The band is stripped back with Michael Peatfield on lead guitar, Martin Wadsworth on bass, Andy Daish on drums and Dan Parratt on keyboards. Pete McDonagh on lead vocals is a new addition to the band and in fact this was only there 2nd gig together. This did show in parts with the stage show not always going totally to plan but I can see with a few more under their belt it will be as polished as the other tribute bands on the circuit.
Afterglow performed several of the early prog rock tracks that have long instrumental guitar and drum solos lasting for anywhere between 5 and 11 minutes long which really showcased the talent of the band. A lot of the tracks were not popular hits and the audience, us included, hadn’t heard them recently or in some cases didn’t know them at all. It made for an interesting evening and certainly got me searching the internet for copies of the tracks today. Domino, Home by The Sea and That’s All were some of the more well-known tracks all performed expertly and with real passion.
After a standing ovation, the band reappeared disappointingly with a track neither I nor my husband knew, but it was performed brilliantly so no real complaints there. I would say though that a few of the more popular tracks would have gone down well with the audience and got people out of their seats.
We saw this production at The Hawth in Crawley which is easy to get to and has plenty of free parking. The bar area is comfortable and relaxing and well stocked with both drinks, snacks and high-quality ice creams. We had the Honeycomb ice cream and it was delicious.
We have seen a lots of cover bands in our time and although no lead singer will be exactly as the original we considered Pete McDonagh from Afterglow to be one of the closest we have seen. So please try and get to see them if you can.
Afterglow are currently touring the UK, for more information and tour dates visit afterglow-gtb.com.
For other shows at The Hawth in Crawley visit hawth.co.uk or call the box office on 01293 553636.
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, Sussex, RH10 6YZ | 01293 553636