It is Friday 14th September and I am on my way to G-Live to see a band called “Los Endos". The last time they played here I was away and was disappointed to miss the event. Los Endos is a band of five musicians who recreate the music of Genesis, one of the pioneers of so-called progressive rock, way back in the 1970’s. As an aside, Genesis came into being in 1967 at Charterhouse School, Godalming.
But you may be asking why my retrospective evening out warrants a mention in St Pius InPrint...
Well, the lead singer of Los Endos in none other than Jack Lipinski. Many parishioners will remember Jack and his wife Jacqui who were active members of the St Pius community some years ago, setting up and leading very popular youth groups. Jack also played drums and sang in the music group.
As I take my seat I can’t help noticing that the audience is predominantly “of a certain age”, which is understandable but also makes me smile inwardly for some reason.
The lights go down and Los Endos – who take their name from the title of a Genesis track – take up their positions on stage. The sound of drumsticks beating together four times triggers the band and the light show into life, with their first piece, the exotically-named “Eleventh Earl of Mar”, which receives an enthusiastic response from the audience. Jack bids us welcome and immediately establishes a rapport with his audience, asking whether there are any youngsters in the house. When we all shout “yes” he tells us we are sad and deluded people! Jack goes on to explain that tonight’s concert is a re-creation of the Genesis set at the Knebworth Festival of 1978 – 40 years ago – when Genesis were top of the bill. Now we all realise how old we are!
The show progresses, the band skilfully emulating the sound and drama of the Genesis song book, re-creating their distinctive bass-rich sound with impressive precision and obvious enthusiasm. Jack Lipinski’s vocals achieve the impressive feat of presenting songs originally performed by both of the Genesis singers of that era – Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins – in an equally convincing manner.
The band concludes the show with a 25-minute piece called “Supper’s Ready”, from the Genesis album “Foxtrot”, which I originally heard as a first-year student in 1972… When this ends, Los Endos earn a well-merited standing ovation for their performance.
Good work Los Endos! Keep it up and come back soon.
More on Los Endos: http://www.losendos.co.uk/