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The February XNUMX XNUMX atRainbow Theater in London, on Foxtrot On tour, Peter Gabriel wears his first costumes and masks destined to become famous. A turning point for Genesis, which began on September XNUMX of the previous year withthe women's dress and the fox head worn at the end of The Musical Box - FIND OUT MORE' . Music, images and memories of that evening.
The audio recording of the concert:
Peter introduces himself in the dressing room with a huge trunk in which he crammed the costumes, unbeknownst to his companions. Steve Hackett has repeatedly stated that Gabriel never tried to wear those disguises during rehearsals before that performance and that it was a surprise for them too.
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"If in Italy the triumph is now taken for granted, for Genesis things are about to change even in old England because the band, a month after the Italian glories (January 20 and 22, Reggio Emilia and Rome - Editor's note), embark on the first tour as headliner (...).
Peter then decides to imprint one further acceleration to the theatrical aspect of his appearances inventing new masks and costumes (...). The rest of the band accept this scenographic change with barely concealed reluctance, even knowing that the growing popularity is certainly not foreign, at least in the media ".
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"Peter's costumes become increasingly outlandish as the tour progresses. For Watcher of the Skies he paints his face with phosphorescent paint and wears a cape and bat wings on his head. It's not the ending: it's the first song of the concert. The theatricality is accentuated by Tony who plays a long moody introduction with the Mellotron (which can now be used with the right hertz).
Peter's theatrical gestures are now integrated into the live performance. As for the press and the public, it is the hallmark of Genesis. In the context of the early seventies it doesn't seem too crazy. There is Alice Cooper doing strange things with snakes, Elton John who dresses as a duck and wears glasses bigger than his head, the Who who are blowing out concept albums. Our quirkiness, however, is a little different, a strange and typically English thing, perhaps for this reason it is so popular in the United States.
Peter will not warn us of the flower mask he will wear for the part of Willow Farm in Supper's Ready, nor for the triangular box that he puts on his head for the next part, Apocalypse in 9/8. We also see them at the same time as the public sees them.
He does not want to know how to decide in a group in these cases. According to Peter, a democratic process for those exquisitely theatrical issues would slow everything down, due to the discussions about the colors that the dress should have or if the flower is an annual plant or perennial. "
"" Thatthe Rainbow was one of our best concerts ", Banks says. "To thetri did something with the costumes, but we used the whole spauncle of the stage. When you went to a Genesis show you saw them veiled curtains, and then artificial smoke, which is now a cliché but alhe was not at all now. You saw bat wings and make-up eyesyou. You heard the sound of the Mellotron, practically the first effect in steguilty. There were no other concerts of that level in the world. The first diethere were minutes of incredible power. I think we were among the very first groups to capture the beauty of the fusion of music and efvisual fects. A little happened by chance and luckily, a little because the aBilita in that sense was truly unique. "
"It was all flour from Peter's sack," recalls Macphail. "I find Guy Chapman, who made him the masks of Supper's Ready and Foxtrot, and the black cloak ».
«When you put the maflower shape, it assumed the contours of the artist from the music hall, "detto Banks. "And it increasingly gained the center of attention».
«The flower-shaped head was supposed to be a kind of game. Was was meant to be manifestly unrealGabriel said to «Circus» in 1974. «I didn't want to scare anyone. Let's say that I would have preferred to be Fellini. Indeed, the flower walk invitesit sheds more Shirley Temple, which is always better than mimicking Eric Clapton. ''
"It was also during this period that Peter cut his hair in a strange way, shaving a small triangle on the front, so as to appear
a bit like an alien. He understood that simply playing good music was not enough. You had to stand out to get people's attention, so it started to get more and more outrageous on stage.
And so came the flower-shaped mask in Supper's Ready and the bat wings became the signature of Watcher of the Skies. During this time Peter was becoming increasingly central on stage, after Dublin there was no way to stop him. (...)
Of course it was always and only Peter. Tony has never compromised on this point. The biggest concession I ever made was to wear a white shirt when playing on a white stage. (...)
The Genesis concert at the Rainbow was a real turning point for the bandsold out with a standing ovation at the end. Photographer Barrie Wentzell took a photo of Peter in his flower headdress which appeared on the front page of the Melody Maker. In his review entitled "The Genesis of Genesis", Chris Welch wrote:
«The Genesis received such an ovation at London's Rainbow Theater that has visibly moved this usually imperturbable group»."
In Get'Em Out By Friday Gabriel wears a bowler hat, in Supper's Ready goes wild: the crown of thorns, the flower, the red rhomboid box, the long black cloak that Peter gets rid of for a white dress and a tube of white light for the finish. Das of September 1973 in The musical box leave the foxhead and the red woman dress for theold man.
Watch two videos on Supper's Ready costumes:
The weekly Ciao 2001 publishes a detailed account of this historical show in the April 15 issue. Here is the cover and article (as reported from the web):
And here are some types of ticket for the evening:
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