Summer stories: August 1972, Genesis in Italy between problems and concerts

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After their debut in Italy, in April 1972, Genesis return to our country in August. Here are the stages with memories, sounds and images of that historical adventure.

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The summer part in Italy of Nursery Cryme Take the Tour it starts with a few hitches. Indeed, skip the Rimini date, scheduled for 14 August and postponed to 23, because of delay caused by customs controls a bit slow in mid-August.

And probably for the same reason it comes also canceled the date of Fano (Pesaro) scheduled for 16. For an accurate reconstruction of these events, read Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo.

And also the location of the concert on August 18th it is not the original one. In fact, programmed at Dancing Rose Lake of Arquà Petrarca (Padua), the live instead takes place at the sports field of Feltre (Belluno). An apparently unexplained variation, although some say it was due to accidents that occurred a few days earlier during a Van der Graaf Generator concert. 

But even here the concert was in doubt until the last minute due to the uncertain weather. But then Genesis can finally perform. Here is the registration:

This is Piero Gai's story on Horizons Radio:

"Unfortunately, even though it happened 800 meters from my house, I had to collect the information as I was too young to go there.
In the afternoon, there was also time for a mixed-team soccer match between those present and them, with a recovery ball and using one of the doors of the field. After hitting the net several times, Peter he threw the boom of the microphone still on the poor net, which took its revenge by entangling itself around it. It took some beauty and goodness to recover it.
The intro of "Watcher of the skies"caused a stampede between staff and relatives of the sick in the neighboring civil hospital (just a few meters away), given that the rumble that precedes the earthquake was thought of.
Last thing, but I could not verify it. Due to the problems that occurred during the concert, Peter had the money returned to those present. To some, he delivered them in person. "

So he remembers it the Belluno drummer Franco De Poli at the Gazzettino del Nordest and quoted by Rael Matrix in Genesis Forum Italy:

"He was at the sports field, with the lawn covered with sheets of panforte and in the middle of the field a kind of wooden house with a cellophane roof that served as a stage with the Genesis instruments inside, with Mellotron already on because it needed to warm up. In all we would have been two hundred. about twenty arrived from Belluno, ten from Feltre, the rest from all over the Veneto. Seeing them in that poor situation ... it's wonderful to remember. Gabriel had already kidnapped his forehead, put on his eyes, still didn't use masks ... and in the crescendo of "Musical Box", the stage was six meters from the net that divided it from the audience, it began to run towards us and to give big hits to the net with the microphone boom. Many ran away frightened! I remember they did everything"Nursery Crime", two tracks from"Foxtrot"and a preview of" Selling England By The Pound ".

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In Marina di Ravenna, on August 19th, there are two shows and in the afternoon Genesis perform for the first time (they will do it again in Genoa three days later) Seven Stones.

Unfortunately there are no audio or video testimonials, but some interviews and some anecdotes are reported in the book Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo.

Double concert also at Piper 2000 in Viareggio, on 20 August, at 18 and 21. The evening one has an encore that is most likely only offered on this occasion: Harold The Barrel.

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An appointment masterfully described by Silvano Martini in its Blog "Last Music Rebel", where he tells both evenings as a spectator in the front row and also a background outside the stage. READ THE ARTICLE BY SILVANO MARTINI

The excerpts from Foxtrot, album in the recording phase and expressly mentioned during the concert, they are now in the final version, with some exceptions, as the book recalls Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo, where other anecdotes of this date are told.

August 21. The Albenga concert, the first of the two in Liguria, has no musical recordings either memorabilia to show off. But the reported testimonials of the excellent Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo, they tell of a Palasport that is actually a bowler, complete with screams from the players, a few hundred people and use of pyrotechnic material, never used before.

Almost 900 people are part of the audience of the Genesis concert at the Alcione Theater in Genoa, one of the major audiences on this tour. 

Here the audio recording of the evening of 22 August (not integral):

And some moments of the concert, the presentation of Can-utility And The Coastliners:

And the absolute rarity, the execution of Seven Stones, never recorded live in other concerts, instead of Get'em Out By Friday:

The concert is open by the Milanese group Jumbo and the Neapolitans Osanna, whose singer and keyboard player Lino Vairetti said:

"I remember that Peter was particularly impressed by our disguises and by the fact that we went on stage with painted faces and when two years later at the concert in Naples I saw Gabriel's masks I thought that perhaps he had at least partly taken inspiration from us". (from Dusk of 28 April 1999, quoted in: Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo)

And here is the memory of Nanni Iguera on Horizons Radio:

Collectible materials of this concert (click on the image):

Bootleg covers of the concert:

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Some two concerts in Rimini, stage moved from 14 to 23 August due to customs problems entering Italy, there are only a few photos taken by Giorgio Tagliabue - LOOK at them Genesis The Movement and by Armando Gallo - LOOK at her books.

Rimini, La Locanda del Lupo, where Genesis performed on August 23, 1972.

Too bad there are no audio recordings, since at the end of the concert, together with the Osanna shoulder group, Genesis (or rather, three of them) they improvised one jam session, as he tells in detail and with various testimonies of the protagonists Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Perfume.

The stage of Travagliato, perhaps on August 24, marks the end of the two Italian forays of the Genesis in theirs Nursery Cryme Take the Tour. But the proof that this concert really took place lies in the research carried out by Mino Profumo in the archives of the Giornale di Brescia, where he found two advertising boxes on 20 and 24 August and re-published on Genesis in Italy. The concerts 1972-1975.

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Tivoli Music Hall - photos from the web

Also there is the testimony on metallized.it by Richard Milella, present at the first concert in Travagliato on April 16th.

About the execution of Watcher Of The Skies, Milella can only refer to August, the period in which the song is permanently inserted in the lineup already in the form that will see him open the upcoming Foxtrot, while in April, as is known, the song is in the process of gestation during the Italian tour. Here is what he writes:

"Peter speaks in his language but makes it clear that he will now perform a song recorded a few days ago and that it will be released on the next LP entitled Foxtrot. I remember the song very well because it moved us all from the first listening with its majestic gait between the keys of the Hammond: Watcher of the Skies it is a milestone and Gabriel also played it theatrically crouching in the chiaroscuro of the organ and literally jumping high in the orchestral explosions.
Some literature says that the song was conceived during this first tour in our house; wrong, when they performed it on Italian dates it was already so beautiful, so complete and so arranged as to certify a painstaking preparation even if on disc it will actually come out months later. "

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