Doug Melbourne's 'The Lamb Diaries'
So, we had a line-up and obviously, a set list. The next step was putting together some sort of show.
As mentioned, Steve Wilson was the original inspiration, along with the original show. How to structure it? I established some basic principles.
PRINCIPLE ONE: IT’S NOT THE ORIGINAL SHOW!
When Genesis did the shows in the Seventies, they had slide projectors which frequently jammed (in fact, I have a mate who saw it several times and said it never worked once!). Many of the slides were just found somewhere from stock media, not developed specifically for the album. Why would we want to do that? In 2016 we had options to run computer images, animation, film footage, all kinds of stuff. Let’s do that!
PRINCIPLE TWO: KEEP IT SIMPLE
Projections would be onto a single large screen, run from a single projector using a single computer.
PRINCIPLE THREE: IT’S A GIG!
Projections NOT to be used all the way through. Let's see the band, hear the music and enjoy the lights occasionally!
PRINCIPLE FOUR: SOMETHING YOU’VE NOT SEEN BEFORE
The visuals will be all new visual interpretations of the songs provided by talented young artists (bit of a stretch that one. How?).
PRINCIPLE FIVE: IT’S OUR SHOW.
We would only perform in venues that could accommodate our technical needs and cover our costs. This was a problem when we'd done The Lamb before - we'd turn up a venue and try to work out where to position the projector and screen, and finish up having to balance a projector on beer glasses, or a willing fan, lighting up a screen next to the toilets at the other end of the auditorium.
PRINCIPLE SIX: NO SLIPPERMAN OUTFIT!
PRINCIPLE SEVEN: OK, OK, WE’LL HAVE A BLOODY SLIPPERMAN OUTFIT
PRINCIPLE EIGHT: BUT IT’S OUR SLIPPERMAN OUTFIT!
Outfit NOT to resemble the original. In addition to looking different, it must be easy to get on and off and not leave Tony desperately buttoning his gusset during “Silent Sorrow”. So no leotards, no inflatable testicles! Why did the original outfit have inflatable testicles anyway? The lyrics make no mention of inflatable testicles, mainly because it's hard to find words that rhyme with "inflatable" or "testicles". It does, of course, mention a penis. Several times. But as my great-grandmother used to say: "Life's too short to waste it trying to build artificial penises". She was a unique personality. Oh – and let’s have something you can actually SING out of.
Obviously, Four was the difficult one. (not the Slipperman outfit – we can just pop along to Slipperman Outfits R Us for that one).
But then I had an idea!