"Nursery Cryme" turns 50. We are approaching the birthday through the stages that led to this turning album in the history of Genesis, with audio, video, documents and much more.
The fourth stage takes place on January 14, 1971, when Steve Hackett makes his concert debut with Genesis at University College London. Here is the story of those eventful days.
As we have seen in previous installments - Read -, la band was very close to melting, because Anthony Phillips left his fellow adventurers and they also decided to replace John Mayhew, the drummer.
I Genesis have already hired Phil Collins on drums - Read -, now they have to find a good replacement on the guitar.
Both Ronnie Caryl have rehearsed in concertPhil's great friend (auditioned with him - Read) and guitarist of Flaming Youth, and Mick barnard, member of Farm, but both did not convince the demanding members of the band.
After the farewell of Anthony Phillips - READ and then with the arrival of Phil, the Genesis have then continued as a quartet, with Tony Banks playing all guitar parts on an electric piano Hohner filtered with a fuzz box. The research continues.
On December 14th, scrolling the Melody Maker, Peter is intrigued by the unusual announcement of a certain Steve, who is auditioned. Hackett joins Genesis - Read -.
And so we come to that January 14, 1971, when at University College London, Steve Hackett makes his debut in concert with Genesis. But it won't be an easy time.
«The first concert was a disaster for me. Until then I had used a borrowed fuzzbox or Tony's Marshall Superfuzz. So everything worked fine, but that night they gave me a Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz which is a great fuzzbox. I couldn't get a Marshall Superfuzz and thought, 'Oh, that sounds good.'
And when we did the sound check it seemed all right, but obviously when everyone was playing, it was much louder and the return was a disaster. I got discouraged and forgot all my parts. I remember a heated argument after the show and thought it was all my fault.
In hindsight, it wasn't. That was my most embarrassing moment on stage, being on stage with deeply arranged music and with the total inability to remember a note, because I couldn't control my sound. It's not a good start, I thought. "
It just describes how not very prestigious the first concerts with Genesis were, often set in schools (only for men or only for women), with a small number of audiences.
Listen to a live from that period:
Or Hackett removed the episode, even though Steve isn't actually the only one playing bad that night. Remember Mike Rutherford in its autobiography, The Living Years, Arcana - Buy it below and, in addition to the author, also help Horizons Genesis - READ HOW:
“As we would discover over the years, Phil had the great ability to drink a lot without showing it. At Steve's first concert - University College London, January 1971 - there was an exception. We had had a few pints but no one noticed that Phil had downed a few more than the others and was drunk. Phil was such a good drummer he could do just about anything, but that night he got ready for one of his big rolls and nothing happened. Silence. He had done it perfectly, too bad it was off twenty centimeters from each drum piece.
Poor Steve: it was his first gig, he was nervous and we had a drunk drummer. At the end of the night, Tony and I gave Phil a hard time, which didn't bother Phil, but unfortunately Steve thought we were fighting over him - we hated him and wanted to throw him out. As always, it never occurred to anyone to let the newcomer know how things were. "
«For the most part the concerts are conducted in a rather professional way: we arrive, play and go home. We smoke a few joints, but no exaggerated revelry. The only time that happens is at a concert at City University in London, Steve's first with Genesis. We play later than expected, so I spend my time downing some Newcastle Brown beers. When we go on stage, I am completely disoriented. I do all the right fills, but eight centimeters to the right of where I should. Other than air-guitar, this is air-drums. And then I repented: «What will the new guitarist think? His first concert and the drummer is dead drunk ». It's the first time I've played drunk, and it'll be the last too. "
Ma Stevedespite his concerns, pass the exam. And the confirmation comes from Peter Gabriel, who declares, reported in the aforementioned Giammetti book:
"We have had two guitarists in the last few months but I hope this is the definitive one, we found it through the Melody Maker and it seems to have adapted very well." (Peter Gabriei, Zig Zag n. 19, 5 / 71, "Genesis", anonymous). "
Here's what Anthony Phillips thinks today:
Steve will become a column of the Genesis, in the formation that many consider "the real one" and beyond. Until the sensational farewell.
The other stages of the 50 years of "Nursery Cryme":
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