Genesis: 50 years ago the first success abroad starts from Belgium, January 15, 1972 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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In January 1972, the Genesis begin to "colonize" countries across the Channel. Here are the first steps of an international success.

They have already performed abroad, in Belgium, in March and August, here is the recording of the first concert, on 7 March 1971:

And they also recorded mini-concerts at the Belgian TV. On August 7, 1971 the Nursery cryme Tour it started right in Belgium, in Brussels, and on December 17th they did the first concert in France, at the Gibus Club in Paris. Here is the poster:

But the Genesis still hasn't set foot firmly outside the UK.

Il January 15, 1972 at the Petite Salle of Arlon, in Belgium, instead begins a mini tour, destined to expand and to bring them also to Italy, in April and then in the summer.

Here is theconcert audio the day after, at the Charleroi Festival:

Here a reflection by Phil Collins on this tour, taken from No, I'm not dead yet: Autobiography:

"Just a year and a half ago I was a boy from Hounslow who lived at the end of the subway. And now this more or less international worship. It doesn't matter that in England we almost always play in pubs, or on beer boxes, or both.

Yes, back in the real world we still go to play with a bus hired by a shady company in Kensington. The quality of the bus decides our punctuality at the concert. We often have breakdowns on the street. Even several times. During the trip to Aberystwyth University we break down three times in the first leg, arrive too late to play, and again we walk twice on the way back. "

Others artwork di bootleg with the recording of the Charleroi concert:


From January 22 another minitour, also in Belgium. It starts from the Athenee Royal Du Woluwe St Pierre in Brussels, the day after the Genesis still perform at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Charleroi. On the 24th morning in the Belgian TV studios in Brussels, to then finish the same evening at 
Trocadero of Liege.

They will also return to Belgian TV on March 20Here is the recording:

Success is about to come and Belgium is the first nation to understand the musical proposal of Genesis. Even in Italy the number of fans is growing exponentially. And the tour in the peninsula will prove it. But that's another story.

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