The Waiting Room was formed in late 1998. Keyboardist Rich DellaPietra, who was on hiatus from another project, decided to bring together a group of musicians to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the release of "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" in 1974. The lineup was Josh Gleason on vocals, Rich DellaPietra on keyboards, John DiVincenzo on guitar, Herb Renke on bass, and Scott Ryan on drums.
In the spring of 1999 they played two shows which featured a 45 minute set of early Genesis, followed by a complete performance of the 90 minute "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" album in its entirety. The band members went their separate ways after these shows, but they all had so much fun that two years later they reformed the band to play out regularly.
The Waiting Room also plays material from Peter Gabriel's solo career. Although Gabriel's solo career took a different direction from the music he was creating with Genesis, it still maintained the creativity, dynamics, and some aspects of the complexity that is reminiscient of early Genesis. TWR has been known to throw any number of Gabriel songs into their performances. TWR applies the same attention to detail to the Gabriel material as they do to the Genesis. Chris will bring out the Chapman Stick for songs such as "I Don't Remember" and "Humdrum". The band uses authentic drum loops and samples for songs like "San Jacinto" and "Games Without Frontiers". And on occasion, a female vocalist has been recruited for songs such as "In Your Eyes" and "Don't Give Up".
The band has also performed the entire masterpiece album from Marillion called "Misplaced Childhood". There is no affiliation between Genesis and Marillion, although many consider Genesis to have "passed the progressive rock torch" on to Marillion in the early 80's. The members of TWR are huge Marillion fans and "Misplaced Childhood" is the band's signature album. TWR's first performance of this epic was at the Prog in the Park festival in September 2005, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the album's release. There are video clips of this performance available on the Media page. Performing Marillion is not a regular thing for TWR, so keep checking back to see when they'll play it again.
The current lineup was established in late 2003. For more information on each band member, visit the Band page. TWR has performed all over the Northeast U.S., from Buffalo to Boston to Philadelphia to New York City. To keep up with the band's constantly changing tour schedule, visit the Tour page.