Genesis: 50 years ago the first concert without Anthony Phillips, 6 August 1970 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On August 6, 1970, Genesis resumed the tour of From Genesis to Revelation in the Gaumont Cinema in Doncaster in the UK, without Anthony Phillips

In fact, a few days earlier, on July 18, at Sussex Hall in Haywards Heath, Ant had performed in concert for the last time with the Genesis

"The stage phobia was much more than just a fear, it was terror", he says Mike Rutherford in his autobiography The living years.

Ant is very thin and appears destroyed, but the band does not have the time to notice what is happening in the friend's soul. It is a time when things seem to move. They just registered Trespass (will be released in the fall) and they are on tour, even if the dates are not for large numbers, as we will see later.

Among the many commitments of Genesis at that time is the recording of Jackson Tapes on January 9, 1970 at the BBC Studios Shepherds Bush in London. LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO.

"After the recording sessions I felt like a zombie", Phillips recounted in 2007. Plus he had health problems, probably related to too much work. 

"I was mentally and physically debilitated - told Ant seven years later to Armando Gallo and reported in his book Genesis: I Know What I Like -.  We were a bunch of perfectionists. After each concert there were always long, long, long autopsies".

The music he loves so much is becoming the cause of unhappiness for Ant and his good English education prevents him from facing his teammates hard-nosed to try to change the dynamics of the band. "I no longer felt like anyone's friend - continues Ant - I was almost alienated. We were now divided into two groups that had lost their way"

Mike is the first to know Ant's intentions. Just before a concert at the Richmond Rugby Club, they retreated and the revelation arrived like a cold shower. Rutherford knows that his friend is afraid of the stage, but there was no time to deepen the speech and Ant had no longer mentioned his phobia.

Here is a very rare video of Genesis in concert at that time. It was filmed at the Atomic Sunrise Festival, March 11, 1970 at the Roundhouse Club in London:

That July 18th ad Haywards Heath Genesis play in front of 25 people. The journey home Mile Rutherford and Peter Gabriel do it in Pete's new car, a Hillman Imp. Together they take the situation into consideration.

"For me there was no doubt that without Ant the Genesis had no reason to exist", remembers Mike inautobiography. Anthony seems irreplaceable, the Genesis appear as indivisible, the urge to quit is about to take over.

Yet during the journey something different matures, the idea of ​​being able to do it even without a friend takes over. "It was about developing a new philosophy based on the assumption 'let's try and see what happens'", writes Mike. So a pause is not considered to allow Anthony to gather his ideas. Must go on.

Here are the Genesis performing the unpublished "The Shepherd"live on the BBC radio program"Nightride"on April 22, 1970. Probably the oldest live Genesis recorded on a disc, the bootleg homonym:

A decision shared also by Tony Banks and that today seems right, but very painful: "It was the hardest blow we've ever received"Gabriel said to a magazine the following year and quoted in Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel by Daryl Easlea. "There would be other departures - reveals Mike -, but none would have the effect on me that leaving Ant had".

The Genesis take advantage of this to make a small revolution. Phil Collins, who will be supporting the audition in these days, and Steve Hackett are about to join the band. 

A bond with Ant, however, has not broken. In his first solo album The Geese And The Ghost, there is several material composed with Mike. Phil Collins sings in two tracks and John Hackett plays the flute there. And in the first demos of Peter Gabriel after leaving Genesis there is Ant's hand.


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