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Following the poor commercial performance of the album Calling All Station in the United States...
.the North American tour of 27 dates in large arenas scheduled for early November 1997, was deleted given the insufficient sale of tickets.
A resized 22-date tour to smaller locations has also been canceled.
Genesis then embarked on a 47-date European tour from January 29 to May 31, 1998.
In Italy the Genesis arrived on February 17th. First date: Bologna, Casalecchio sports hall.
Here is the video of the show:
The trio Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Ray Wilson joined the Israeli musician Nir Zidkyahu on drums, percussion and backing vocals and Irishman Anthony Drennan on guitar and bass.
Second date Italian: February 18 at the Palasport in Rome. Here is the video:
Rehearsals were held at Windsor's Bray Film Studios and Chiddingfold's Working Men's Club.
Most of the songs from the early Genesis years have been transposed into a lower key to accommodate Wilson's vocal range.
In this video Ray Wilson, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford talk about the Calling All Stations period. And not only:
Third date: on the 19th in Milan Filaforum.
Here is aGenesis (and Phil Collins) interview on the album:
At the end of the tour, Genesis stopped. He would have been the last of the band until Collins returned for the reunion 2007 Turn It On Again.
"Do I regret Calling All Station?" - he wonders Mike Rutherford in his autobiography.
"No: professionally I do not regret anything - Mike continues -. We did it because Tony and I had written some songs together that we liked. We had replaced the singer before, even though I was aware that the hill to climb was quite high, this time.
Ray Wilson did a good job as a vocalist but him he was not a writer. Without a third composer there was no one who amalgamate me and Tony, nobody to bring us back in the middle ground.
I had never been aware of how musically Tony and I were before this album. I only understood then that Phil put us both in line, he did his best and found an atmosphere between us.
Calling All Station sold two million copies - not bad - but when the disc was released I got it perceived that the mood had changed, swe became a catalog band.
Tony e Ray were eager to continue, but I knew we were going to have need another composer. It seemed right to stop there, there is nothing wrong."
The tour is filmed live on the promotional album Calling Radio Stations.
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