Genesis tribute turn it on at KMT
A GENESIS tribute band are returning to their roots when they play the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, on Sunday. Los Endos, fronted by Barking singer Dennis Stewart, play at the Oakfield Road theatre as part of a nationwide tour performing the hits that ma
A GENESIS tribute band are returning to their roots when they play the Kenneth More Theatre, Ilford, on Sunday.
Los Endos, fronted by Barking singer Dennis Stewart, play at the Oakfield Road theatre as part of a nationwide tour performing the hits that made Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and co famous in the 1970s and '80s.
Formed in 2003 by keyboardist Alan Pearson and original singer Nigel Betteridge - and named after an instrumental track from Genesis' 1976 album, A Trick of the Tail - the band are now playing to full houses at prestigious venues up and down the country - a far cry from their humble beginnings in pubs and clubs, including The Cauliflower, High Road, Ilford.
Dennis, 48, of Wilmington Gardens, has been lead singer since 2007, and is overjoyed at the band's recent success and honoured to be performing so near home.
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He said: "I'm really looking forward to playing the Kenneth More. It means a lot to me, performing on home turf."
After a passionate affair with live music, founding a number of bands at the height of the punk revolution in the 1970s and '80s, it would appear Dennis has at last found his true calling.
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"My first love was Genesis. And the feeling you get singing and playing their music live beats a set of headphones on your head any day."
The father of two equally enthusiastic and talented musicians, Dennis is fortunate enough to call on his children for support.
Son Bill, 17, plays drums for Monkey See (another of Dennis' bands, who still hold residency at The Cauliflower on the first Friday of every month) and daughter, Lisa, 19, is one half of a piano/vocal duo supporting dad's band during the tour.
Recapturing the radicalism of early Genesis material, Los Endos prides itself on remaining committed to the definitive, progressive rock sound.
Offering a three-hour live music and light extravaganza, complete with costume changes, the band goes all out to deliver a spectacular show.
Dennis says: "I try to interpret what I believe would enhance the story behind the song, add some humour or complement what the guys are playing."
Off the back of an impressive tour in 2008/09, amassing a notable following, the band is striving to capitalise on its success.
Los Endos will be on stage at the KMT at 7.30pm, playing numbers from all the albums up to Wind & Wuthering.
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Tickets are �11 from the box office on 020 8553 4466.