I'm Amazing by Peter Gabriel, the comments

Three years after the last new composition, surprisingly, a new song by Peter Gabriel was released. Here is a look at the comments from Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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Stories & Memories: Peter Gabriel, I'm Amazing released on June 17th 2016

I'm Amazing by Peter Gabriel was released on June 17, 2016. Here's how it was received two years ago.


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Facebook, public group Peter Gabriel Fans:

Few enthusiasts. Among the critics it goes by "Sounds like material already made before. It's not the best thing it has done, but it makes me feel good" a "I wonder why he didn't write something new. His life has certainly changed, he may have new stuff to write".

And there are those who hope that this release will be of good omen for the new album.

Facebook, public group All around Peter Gabriel:

here favorable comments increase. "Great song and I will listen to it many times, as always ", even if there are those who make irony about the concept of "being amazing ".

Facebook, public group The Peter Gabriel Community:

In this group, negative comments like "Nothing new under the PG sun","Now I understand why he hasn't recorded anything yet", alternate with positions like"Nothing new, but I like it".

From Peter Gabriel's Facebook page

Facebook, official page of Peter Gabriel:

The tones are of direct dialogue with Peter. There are those who complain about the lack of gods credits and who is happy to hear a new song, even if very similar to the sounds of Up. It is interesting to note the combinations of songs from the past. There are even those who evoke Don't Give Up.

From Twitter @itspetergabriel

But outside the groups or the official pages there are also very harsh comments: "Disappointment after disappointment after disappointment. A patchwork of gabrielate a lot per kilo. A tombstone on hopes for a new album". Or:"I liked Up ... this .. so-so ... and so-so also the things heard (and done) in recent years". And also: "Just look him in the eye ... he is a man made, totally satisfied with what he has done in his life. So, he no longer has the "anger", the necessary determination ...It has had its time, a glorious time ... but it's over ...".

Important to note, however, that those in favor "beat" the opposites numerically, although usually with less strong comments than the previous ones.

Twitter #IMAmazing:

On Twitter the rate of enthusiasm is greater: "Pretty good, Very 'Up'-esque","WONDERFUL"," Inspired song"" Yessss you're amazing", "It grows in me! Twists and turns with the usual PG poem" and many underline the surprise received by Peter, although they note that, for now, there is no trace of the album.

YouTube, Peter Gabriel channel:

Here a race broke out reconstruct the lyrics of the song. Also several comments associate the song with Blackstar by David Bowie, some instead of Big Blue Ball. Here too the pros and cons challenge each other, perhaps with harsher tones than elsewhere. And there is also a discussion on Gabriel's voice, considered by some still at a very high level, by others a little in difficulty on the higher notes. For someone we are now far from the first Peter Gabriel (in particular PG 3 or 4), considered the best ever.

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Between pros and cons, Peter did not 100% convince with I'm Amazing. But looking at the interventions on social media, surely you can always count on millions of fans who are eagerly awaiting every new note. One of them seems to send them the most significant message: "Don't give up ... you still have us ...".

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Peter Gabriel: Clues and Admissions Leading to New Album "I / O"

Peter Gabriel and the stages of his new album "I / O" (provisional title and not yet confirmed by the person concerned), in preparation for quite a few years. All the clues.

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All Peter Gabriel fans are wondering how far is the new album "I / O".

And Peter is having fun sowing some clues. The last is the interview with UNCUT Magazine, of July 16, 2020:

 

First, in an interview with the BBC on June 16, 2020 in which he declared:

«As far as music is concerned, I haven't had as much time as I usually do, which is not as before. But there have been some news. There is a COVID song - well, there is a COVID lyrics, actually -. I have been asked to write something and it will probably turn into a song. So there are songs and pieces that go in the right direction ». (Interview by Matt Everitt).

In March 2020 Peter had written to a newspaper giving another indication of his compositional activity, although very slowly.

The site genesis-news.com had signaled Peter Gabriel's reaction to a Times article (see Matt LeDonne's image taken from genesis-news.com).

Peter has thus revealed that he is working on a new song on aging, called "So Much".

In an article of March 6, the newspaper The Times reported Phil Collins' words: "Rock old men should talk about their generation."

Peter took pen and paper and replied that he is working on one "song about aging" called "So Much".

The author of the Times article posted it on Twitter, confirming that it was Peter who replied.

In an interview with BBC Radio 6 Music in April 2019, Peter had talked about new songs and the album:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003zly

In the winter of 2018 Peter published this post on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PeterGabriel/photos/a.10151980348369760/10155778088174760/?type=3

Again fueling the hopes of fans.

To these indications must be added the songs that Peter only mentioned, such as "Here Comes Love?", which he spoke about on Facebook on October 28, 2014 or released in various ways and which have not yet been included in an album, such as "I'm Amazing", posted on YouTube on June 17th 2016 (read here how the song was received) and inspired by the life and battles of Muhammad Ali.

 

The song was followed shortly after "The Veil", arrived on 8 September 2016 (read here how the song was received). It was part of the Oliver Stone film "Snowden", but without joining the soundtrack (another indication that bode well).

At the moment the picture is complete, in the sense that some material is available to fans even if, having spent so much time, we would expect something more concrete. We'll see. If you want to stay updated on developments, subscribe to our newsletter below.

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Edward Snowden, Cameo in Peter Gabriel's video 'The Veil'

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There is also a cameo from Edward Snowden in Peter Gabriel's video The Veil. The song is part of the soundtrack of Oliver Stone's film, which tells the story of the American computer scientist known for having publicly revealed details of several US government mass surveillance programs, hitherto kept secret. 

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Peter Gabriel has shared his new music video for "The Veil," a track inspired by and written exclusively for Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden film Snowden. In addition to photos from Snowden's past and footage from the upcoming biopic, the video features a cameo by the whistleblower himself, who is seen walking through the woods and gazing at his computer monitor.

The lyrics also draw from Snowden's story. "Some say you're a patriot / Some call you a spy / An American hero / Or a traitor that deserves to die," Gabriel sings on the track. "There's no safe place to go / Now you've let that whistle blow / Show exactly what is going on / Show exactly who was looking on."

"The Veil" is Gabriel's second new composition following a three-year hiatus, arriving after the singer's Muhammad Ali tribute "I'm Amazing."

Snowden is out in theaters Friday. "I was very happy to learn Oliver Stone had decided to make a film about Edward Snowden and believe this is a powerful and inspiring film," Gabriel added. "Oliver takes his music very seriously and I have always enjoyed collaborating with him and [music supervisor] Budd Carr."

 

 

Video Memories: Genesis announce European reunion tour for 2007, 7 Nov 2006 - SPECIAL

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Mayfair Hotel, London. On November 7, 2006 the press conference took place in which i Genesis announce the reunion and the relative tour.

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have conceded to journalists' questions and photos.

Also present were the representatives of the three biggest fan clubs: Mario Giammetti of DUSK (Italy), Alan Hewitt and Stuart Barnes of THE WAITING ROOM (England) and Christian Gerhardts of IT (Germany).

Here is the complete transcript of the press conference, taken from the website genesis-news.com (for the Italian version CLICK HERE):

David Baddiell: Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen - good afternoon everybody and also good afternoon if you're one of the thousands - who knows - millions - logging in on the live-webcast on genesis-news.com. Perhaps I could begin by explaining why I am here.
Let me take you back to 1977. A rough time in London, the time of skinheads and punk rock, a year in which I myself was beaten up twice on the streets of London - once for being Jewish, once for being a Pakistani - true story - I tried to explain to the bloke who was beating me up for being Pakistani that I was Jewish but it made very little difference. Anyway, like many 14 year olds I was trying very hard to prove I was cool and not somebody should be beaten up by being into punk rock, so I dyed my hair, I ripped off all my t-shirts and then my mate Richard Gerald played me Blood On The Rooftops from Wind And Wuthering and I just thought - this is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. And I went out to buy that album, and Trick Of The Tail, then all the earlier albums and comitragically for me I became a huge fan of Genesis just at the point in time when they were probably least fashionable - I mean you try and get it off with girls in 1977 by playing them Supper's Ready from Foxtrot - I mean they were out the door before "a flower". So it's been written in blood for me - liking this band - I've actually seen the Genesis tribute band The Musical Box twice, twice - and cried while watching them, they're that bad - so, the truth is: I am still a fan, they are still unfashionable - but who cares. They are a group who over 30 years created some of the most amazing songs in the history of popular music, so let's just remind ourselves of how good Genesis are.

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Okay, and now to tell us exactly where Genesis will be playing on the Turn It On Again tour, please welcome the European tour promoter John Giddings.

John Giddings: Hello - I grew up on the music of Genesis, I was one of millions who bought their albums the day they were released, took them home up to my bedroom and learned every word to every song. Along with Pink Floyd, they created a depth and emotion to music way beyond the three minute single. I saw them at the Culham College, at Hemel Hampstead, I think the support band was Medicine Head, I promoted them at University on the Foxtrot tour, I saw them at Wembley stadium five or six nights, then at Knebworth - and now, 15 years later, I'm really pleased and proud to announce they're going to start a European tour in Helsinki on the 11th of June, they are then going on to Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, they are going to play the first ever show in Monaco in the stadium there and they're going to finish the tour in front of the Colosseum in Rome to 300.000 people - a free show. They're going to play Twickenham in England and Manchester for the Northern fans. It's gonna be a fantastic tour - Turn It On Again, thank you very much. Back to you, David.

David Baddiell: Thank you very much, John. Okay, now could you please welcome to the stage - the main act, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins - ladies and gentlemen - Genesis!

Q: Hello guys, are you alright?
Mike: Oh dear ...

Q: Chaps, why have you waited 15 years for this reunion? What have you been doing?
Phil: Why have we waited fifteen years? … We just sort of felt that now was the kind of right time to have a go, really.

Q: How exactly did it come about? When did you first start talking about it?
Phil: Well I guess I left in '94 and I did some things on my own, Genesis carried on and you know, I used to listen to the odd bits and pieces at home, missed cameraderie a bit, you know ... Anyway I was on tour on my own when the first boxset came out with the Peter Gabriel stuff and I remember thinking that at some point someone would ask us to do something, and no-one did. That was how it went, and I was just talking about it, then the next boxset came out and I thought someone would ask us and, again, no-one did. Meanwhile, just talking about it and us three we've seen each others many many times since I left and we kind of bring it up every time we sat down together to talk about it - and sometimes we talked ourselves out of it and we just decided that this was as good a time as any to sort of actually do something.

Q: It's one of the interesting things about Genesis, I think, is - I mean the history of rock music is littered with bands who all hate each other but you lot, you don't, do you. So it seems to be very little rancour. It just seems to be very quiet, very friendly despite the fact that you've come and gone over the years.
Mike: Yes - I can't imagine being on the road with people I don't like and we had a great time just recording and writing stuff and touring.

Q: We saw some footage of rehearsals - how have the rehearsals been going, do you remember the songs?
Tony: Yes, we remembered the songs ...

Phil: He asked the wrong guy here -

Tony: ... but we wondered if we could still play them. A few things had to be worked through, get the fingers moving, get the drummer on speed, things like that. But after a few days we kind of…. The songs are so much part of our lives so we obviously still remember everything and we're doing songs right back from as far as 1973 in the shows, so, after a little bit of memory jogging you find your hands just slip back exactly where they were at that time.

Q: So it's a big European tour. Are you going to be touring in the US next year?
Phil: Yeah, there are plans to do a selection of shows rather than a tour - which is the way I like to look at it. I stopped touring, so I don't call it a tour, it's a selection of shows, which we will do all over Europe and then another selection of shows in North America - and there's only 20 of these, and there's only 20 in America ., that doesn't seem like a tour, it seems more like a selection of shows, really. Shall I say it again? A smorgasbord of shows.

Q: Are you rugby lovers, as you're playing Twickenham, aren't you? Do you like rugby or do you like football more? 'Cause you're playing Old Trafford the next day. What will it be like to play a stadium like that?
Mike: I think it will be quite good - no one is too far away - I mean the old Wembley with guys at the very back you know.
Phil: When I was at school I ran at Twickenham - I lived in Hounslow and went to school just a stonethrow from Twickenham and I lost many a race at Twickenham.

Q: I was told to ask you this, so don't be offended, but do you have Peter Gabriel's phone number, did you ask Peter about joining you?
Tony: Well, I have. Well when we first started talking about it the original idea was actually to do The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with Peter and Steve and we had lots of talks about it and then we finally had a meeting which I thought was gonna be the day where we say "yes let's do it today" but Peter said - this is a meeting of thinking about talking about things in the future. And we thought at that point, this is gonna be quite a long way away - 2, 3, 4 5 - 10 years - in Peter's schedule 25 years. So we thought at that time - we were still in the same room, why not doing this tour, the three of us with Chester and Daryl on drums and guitar - and that's why we're here.

Q: But do you think that there is a chance in the future of doing something with Peter?
Mike: The idea of ​​doing The Lamb is quite fun and appealing, I mean Peter has an album coming out next year and he may be on tour the same time as us.
Phil: Well sometimes you read that he is into it, sometimes you read he is not. I think he is far more sensitive than we are about what it means, you know. This is just music, us getting together and playing some songs. I think that certainly from my point I have done as much as I can, and this is, I think, great fun to do, whereas Peter, since he left, has very much been doing his thing, albeit lots of things under that umbrella . I think he's just a little overcautious sometimes about going to back to doing something that, basically, fundamentally, is just fun.

Q. So can you give us any clues about the set list? I would like you to a song called More Fool Me from Selling England By The Pound, which you sung, which I really love and it's just you and acoustic guitar. Will you be doing that?
Phil: No. But if you would come along, I'm sure Mike will accompany you. We've started to run through things. We've had two weeks rehearsals already which was actually a layover from the Peter thing because… We were going to do The Lamb, we were talking about doing The Lamb Lies Down and having seen The Musical Box as well, actually, I'd kind of forgotten most of it and got terrified at having to play it. And I think they both felt…

Q. Is it just really hard to play?
Phil: Yes. The person that you were thirty-two years ago played differently than now. We all did, you know. But these two weeks we had in New York was mainly just to get our feet wet with playing that stuff, and that kind of fell out of the window with all that's been happening round the Peter thing. So we just used the time to play through the songs that we may do.

Q. So there's going to be a huge range of stuff going back, as you said, Mike, to 1973, right up to the last album you released?
Mike: Definitely. We rehearsed far too much, as usual, but we'll play with Daryl [Stuermer] and Chester [Thompson] again. We're doing a fair amount of the longer instrumental stuff, and the double drum stuff I kind of missed, you know. The sound you get when you got two drummers. The racket you get when you got two drummers.

Q. That's all the questions that I've got, but [adressing the press] you've probably got some questions. I will take my leave now, but I think Claire is going to come and field questions from the audience.

Q. I'd like to know if the dynamics between you have changed in the intervening years, what it feels like to be back together and are you also trying out new material?
Tony: The funny thing is: When you get back together it's just like you'd never been apart, really. You just slip back into the same way you used to behave. That's half the appeal, really, you're going back it. It's the same thing with old friends, school friends - you might meet even 20 years later and it's funny how quickly you slip back into it. So I don't think the dynamics have changed from that point of view. To answer the second part of your question, there is no plan at this point in time to do anything new.
Phil: We do see each other quite a lot, you know, for various reasons, like when both box sets came out. There were birthday parties, weddings, all kinds of things. We see each other quite a lot, it's not like we haven't seen each other. We haven't played together, well, actually we did play together at my 50th and we played at my wedding. But we actually see each other quite regularly. We played at Peter's wedding, didn't we? So it's not really that special in terms of us getting back together. We just haven't been working in the same office, as it were.

Q: You are playing eight gigs in Germany, more than any other country. Is there any reason for this? Do you love Germany or…?
Phil: [laughs] We knew we'd be asked this. Germany is a big country, and trying to get from A to C we have to go through B. For a variety of reasons we're playing places that, historically, have been very good for us as well as some places that we have never played before. Just trying to find a balance, really.
Tony: Germany attracts from the neighboring countries as well. We're not doing Denmark, we're not doing lots of other places. It is that sort of central point that people can come to. And it would be fair to say that, of all countries, probably Germany's always been the place that wants to see us most. So that's why we're paying a little more time there.

Q: Phil, you've talked about the hearing loss you've suffered in your left ear. What sort of advice to you have medically about going on a tour? Will you be playing drums at some point each night during the tour? Will you be able to protect your hearing on this tour?
Phil: Oh, I don't go for the protection. [laughter] My hearing is no better and no worse than it was six years ago when it happened. At one point I was advised not to do any more live shows because - why take the risk of buggering the other one up? But it wasn't music that did it, it was a viral infection which could have happened to anybody and unfortunately happened to me. I went on my last tour because I realized that it wasn't actually going to suffer, I could perform without it really taking any toll. So I will be playing drums, oh God, yes, I will be playing drums, but as soon as I practiced I realized that… Those two weeks in New York I realized maybe I've got to practice more. There'll be lots and lots of drum moments. It doesn't really get in the way. In a loud environment, like in a loud restaurant I find it very difficult to hear, but normally it's fine. It's leveled off, my brain has adjusted - which is good for drumming.

Q: Turn it on again - The tour. Was this a long-term plan of you coming together, going on tour again or did it just happen to be?
Mike: It just happens to be. We're not very good at long-term planning. Sometimes you make these big long plans and they don't happen and people just get a bit annoyed. We just do what comes along. As we've said, this is the right time for us, for many reasons, and then we'll just see, really. For years when we were asked about touring, and I would say “never”, but then here we are. There's nothing planned, but who knows?

Q: How important is the fun part?
Mike: Fun part? God, it's really important. If we couldn't make this fun to do, why do it? We get on great and I think it will be great. I'm really looking forward to it.
Phil: I know it's hard to believe right now, but we spend an awful lot of the time laughing. This isn't the most natural environment for us, but we do get on really, really well. We just had two weeks in New York, and it was fifty percent laughing, well, 25 percent laughing, 25 percent playing and 50 percent hanging around. It was great fun.

Q: We talked with each other two years ago at The Farm about the box set, and the material of Wind And Wuthering and A Trick Of The Tail. Are you going to do some material of that because that's the most likely, lovely to play, I guess. Are you going to do that old stuff?
Tony: We're going to play from… Well, we also got sixteen albums so we're playing a bit from everything. In the case of Trick Of The Tail, yes, we're definitely playing some things from that, certainly Los Endos. We haven't totally finalized exactly what we're gonna play. There'll be stuff from every era, Wind And Wuthering we're certainly doing Afterglow and stuff, you can't do. You just can't do too much from any one era. I suppose the era we're doing more of is the last couple of albums, the last couple of albums we did with Phil, at least We Can't Dance and Invisible Touch because it produced a lot of hits, and people coming to the shows would like to hear some of those. That's how we're sort of deciding.

Q: Do you intend to release the shows as an Encore Series, like Peter Gabriel did? What about releasing the soundboard shows from previous tours and the Jackson tape and all that stuff?
Phil: Huh?
Mike: Dear me, I don't know. Haven't though about it.
Tony: It has been talked about for the existing tour. There's certainly no technical reason why it can't be done.
Mike: [to Tony] What do you think?
Tony: Warts and all if people wanted it. In terms of the old board tapes, we've got stacks of them. A lot of them would be recorded over, I have to say, for other things. There's an awful lot there, and we've talked many times about doing this. It's just a lot of work to do for somebody to get it in a state where it can actually be put of to people who like to have it. If people would like to have it - I know people would, you know, but we've talked about it for quite a few years and not done anything yet, so don't hold your breath.
Phil: I would have thought there would be some kind of momentum for it in some shape or form. We're going to have screens, I'm sure, because we're going to be playing outdoors, and if you're filming every night you may as well record it if you're doing a live shoot, so it's probably kind of inevitable. We haven't actually got that far in talking about it.

Q. You are kind of denying the tour because you call it “shows” although it's written on the screen there, “the tour”. [laughter all around] I just wonder if you're worried about the physical stress…
Phil: [calls out in mock surprise as he pretends to notice the words on the screen for the first time] It's wrong, it's a selection of shows.

Q: [continues] How do you prepare physically for the 'selection of shows', then?
Phil: I don't, personally speaking. Tony goes into a very rigid regime when he's, uh, [makes piano playing gestures with his hand] all night. The rehearsing does it. I'm not very good at training, I've never been good at just sitting on a bike in the same place. I find I get healthier and fitter doing it, so I'll be trying my best in the rehearsals. My main thing is not getting fit, it's actually making sure I don't get ill, a cold or something, because that would bugger the whole thing up. I'll be trying my best to do that. It's not that strenuous, a selection of shows.

Q. How important is the financial element of this tour, or is it a purely artistic endeavor?
Mike: Oh, that question ...
Tony: We're just doing it for fun, and also, hopefully,… Any other area I care about a little thing is that, if Genesis is played on the radio at all these days it tends to be (in England, I can 't speak for the rest of the world) - it tends to be things like Follow You Follow Me or I Can't Dance or something. Genesis has another side to it, which is what makes us distinctive, I think, and is probably the reason why we've lasted all the years I have, which is of a rather more complex area of ​​music. The band is slightly schizophrenic. Sometimes one area gets slightly more attention than the other. So I am very pleased about it that we're going to play things like Los Endos, Domino, In The Cage and something like this which represent the other side of us as well. That's one of the motives for me for doing it, trying to reacquaint people. Genesis is not a group that is sort of mentioned these days in the papers I read, anyhow. I'd just like to remind people that we did do a lot of different things.
Phil: If money was an issue, we'd be doing more than 20 shows. If we would just satisfy the demand that I suspect there is out there we would be playing in the Far East, we would be playing South America, we would be playing Asia, we would be playing more shows than we are in Europe, more shows than we are going to be playing in America. I think we are all loaded enough [laughter] without worrying about where the next million or two will be coming from. No, it's true, we would be playing multiple dates in multiple stadiums. The reason we put a cap on it is we want to do this for us as much as anything else.
Mike: It also makes it seem more special than the whole year tours we used to do. It becomes something else by being just the twenty shows here and in America. It should feel more special for that reason.

Q: I wonder if you have a visual concept for your series of shows.
Phil: A visual concept. We're still doing that, we've had meetings where it's been thought of that area. We owe it to ourselves to try and make it look good. If we are playing some stadiums there are people at the back that won't see things, so of course there will be some kind of visual presentation. Bigger isn't necessarily better. We're still humming and hahing about that. We're talking about next June so we still got plenty of time, but we have started thinking about it.

Q: I'm a little bit surprised that Steve Hackett's name hasn't come up so far in this discussion because he was very proactive, so I'm led to believe, in the reunion. What's the score with that?
Mike: That was one of two combinations. One was as the five-piece with Peter and Steve doing something from that era, and the other was obviously the three-piece. The three-piece comes with Daryl and Chester, really.

Q: Is he upset that he's not involved in this?
Tony: I think he would have liked to do, certainly if we were doing the thing with Peter. And this era, the four-piece if you like, was a very short period of time. + It is not really malleable to think that we would tour for years after that with Daryl. + That's how I see it. It would get uncomfortable to go back to a hybrid kind of situation.
[transcriber's note: Tony's answer is very difficult to hear. The sentence marked by + in particular is hardly intelligible. Readers who can make out better what Tony says are heartily invited to improve on my version]

Q: Classic Rock readers would hate me if I didn't ask this, but are you perhaps planning to do Supper's Ready?
Tony: We're not planning to do Supper's Ready. Well… you asked were we planning!

Q: I would like to know if there is any chance that you perform any songs from the Calling All Stations album?
Mike: No. At the moment we've rehearsed a lot of music, way too much already. We look forward to playing it, really. At the moment we've got far too much material to play so nothing comes first really.

Q: So - have you guys lost it?
Mike: What do you think?
Tony: Come and judge for yourself when we're playing, I think, is the answer to that. I've been playing quite a bit, to test my fingers, did a classical project three years ago. It's just getting back to playing that kind of music, it's just those parts again, really. It shouldn't be a problem, but who knows?

Q: Apart from yourselves, another band, All Saints, have reformed. What's your take on that?
Tony: I'm afraid I don't know they split up. You're asking the wrong person. I haven't really listened to very much since about 1968.

Q: You mentioned that you're actually playing songs this time so does that mean that we'll actually have complete songs rather than conflated medleys this time round?
Phil: Picky, picky, picky! - We are only too aware, I think, that you try and please everybody and you end up pleasing nobody sometimes. We used to put these medleys together because they referenced an era as well as anything else. Sometimes we realized that they kind of fall between two stools and don't satisfy anybody because they're just little bits. We are addressing that problem and the committee is meeting. No, we have sorted that out. And we're doing more of them. There'll be a couple.
Tony: Instrumental medleys, anyhow.

Q: Phil, a couple of years ago there was a rather surprising hip hop tribute album released by a load of American hip-hoppers and R 'n B acts, a tribute to you, obviously. Now, hip-hoppers have a very strong tradition of appearing on stage on each others concerts, so when you tour America you think that 50 Cent and the gang might be doing a guest appearance at your show?
Phil: [lost for words] If they can drum and sing they can certainly take my place, but… We're much hipper than people think. There is a kind of rebirthing interest amongst other bands and sampling stuff. One track, Land Of Confusionby Disturbed comes to mind. It was kind of a big hit in the States. If you actually talk to musicians there's quite a lot of respect for bands like us. I doubt that they'd come onstage with us because we're really not that kind of band. It's not as if we do a twelve-bar and everybody would come on and sing along. It's very flattering, I gotta say. There had been versions of my songs and also of That's All.There's a track called That's All which I played the guys the other day 'cause I keep an eye open for this kind of stuff and I grab a copy and I played them That's All because it's illuminating. It just means that we're not stuck in the 80s as some people tend to think of us. People go back and revisit this stuff and they bring it into this day and age. It's flattering to be looked at slightly differently from another area of ​​music.

Q: A question about the last show in Rome. It is the only show outside a stadium in a public square. Are you preparing something special for that occasion? Phil: Well, hopefully the event itself will be special. There'll be a lot of people so obviously there's gonna be some changes. We're gonna make sure that it works if it's gonna be that big for that many people. It's too early to get specifics on that one. It's going to be a fantastic opportunity to play to an awful lot of crazy Italians. Perfect.

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Steve Hackett on the Cruises - SOCIAL & VIDEOS UPDATES

Steve Hackett: 4 - 9 February on the Cruise To The Edge 2019, 10 - 15 Feb. On The Blue Cruise. SOCIAL & VIDEOS.

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Departing from Tampa, Florida, Cruise t the Edge is the greatest Prog Rock Vacation on Earth. 

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April 2019

22 April - Kursaal Oostende Oostende, BELGIUM - Tickets

23 April - Laeiszhalle Hamburg, GERMANY - Tickets

24 April - TonHalle Munich, GERMANY - Tickets

26 April - Hegel - Saal Stuttgart, GERMANY - Tickets

27 April - Museumsquartie Vienna, AUSTRIA - Tickets

29 April - Conciliazione Auditorium Rome, ITALY - Tickets 

30 April - Auditorium Europa Bologna, ITALY - Tickets

May 2019

2 May - Colosseum Theater Turin, ITALY - Tickets 

3 May - Creberg Theater Bergamo, ITALY - Tickets 

5 May - Haus Auensee Leipzig, GERMANY - Tickets

6 May - Earth Hall Poznan, POLAND - Tickets

7 May - Klub Studio Krakow, POLAND - Tickets

9 May - Hall compensation Vilnius, Lithuania - Tickets

10 May - Alexela Concert Hall Tallinn, ESTONIA - Tickets

11 May - Circus Helsinki, FINLAND - Tickets

13 May - Nalen Stockholm, SWEDEN - * SOLD OUT *

14 May - Sentrum Scene Oslo, NORWAY - Tickets

15 May - Pustervik Gothenburg, SWEDEN - Tickets

16 May - Amager Bio Copenhagen, DENMARK - Tickets

18 May - Posten Odense, DENMARK - Tickets

19 May - Train Aarhus, DENMARK - Tickets

21 May - Lichtburg Essen, GERMANY - * SOLD OUT *

22 May - Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS - * SOLD OUT *

23 May - Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS - * SOLD OUT *

24 May - Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS - * SOLD OUT *

May 26 - Rockhal Club Esch-sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG - Tickets

May 27 - Trianon Paris, France - Tickets

May 28 - Volkshaus Zurich, SWITZERLAND - Tickets

29 May - Zitadelle (outdoor venue) Mainz, GERMANY - Tickets

31 May - Hall 1, National Palace of Culture (NDK Hall 1) Sofia, BULGARIA - Tickets

June 2019

5 June - Mediterranean Conference Center (MCC) Valletta, MALTA - Tickets

September 2019

12 September - Riviera Theater, North Tonawanda, NY, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

13 September - State Theater, Ithaca, NY, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

15 September - Grand Theater de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA
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17 September - Oakville Center for Performing Arts, Oakville, CANADA - Tickets

18 September - Oakville Center for Performing Arts, Oakville, CANADA - Tickets

20 September - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, CANADA - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

21 September - Place des Arts Theater Maisonneuve, Montreal, CANADA - * SOLD OUT *

22 September - Place des Arts Theater Maisonneuve, Montreal, CANADA - Tickets

24 September - Wilbur Theater, Boston, MA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019 - (Pre-sale code: BOSTON)

25 September - Beacon Theater, NYC, NY, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

26 September - The Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

27 September - Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

28 September - Keswick Theater, Glenside, PA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

October 2019

1 October - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall, PA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019 - (Pre-sale code: musichall)

2 October - Masonic Auditorium, Cleveland, OH, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

3 October - 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

4 October - The Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019 (pre-sale code: GENESIS)

5 October - The Copernicus Center, Chicago, IL, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 8, 2019

7 October - Pantages Theater of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019 - (Pre-sale code: WALRUS)

10 October - Moore Theater, Seattle, WA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019 - (Pre-sale code: WALRUS)

11 October - Vogue Theater, Vancouver, CANADA - Tickets (pre-sale code: STEVEHACKETT)

12 October - Revolution Hall, Portland, OR, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

16 October - Fox Tucson Theater, Tucson, AZ, US - Ticket link to follow

17 October - The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 8, 2019

18 October - Orpheum Theater, Los Angeles, CA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

19 October - Crest Theater, Sacramento, CA, US - Ticket link to follow

20 October - Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, US - Tickets - Onsale: February 1, 2019

November 2019

2 November - Waterside Aylesbury, UK - Tickets

November 3 - Leas Cliff Hall Folkestone, UK - Tickets

5 November - City Hall Sheffield, UK - Tickets

6 November - Corn Exchange Cambridge, UK - Tickets

8 November - De Montford Hall Leicester, UK - Tickets

9 November - St. David's Hall Cardiff, UK - Tickets

11 November - Philharmonic Liverpool, UK - Tickets

12 November - Dome Brighton, UK - Tickets

13 November - Guildhall Portsmouth, UK - Tickets

15 November - City Hall Salisbury, UK - Tickets

16 November - Hexagon Reading, UK - Tickets

18 November - Symphony Hall Birmingham, UK - Tickets

November 19 - Barbican York, UK - Tickets

20 November - Forum Bath, UK - Tickets

22 November - Victoria Theater Halifax, UK - Tickets

23 November - The Sage Gateshead, UK - Tickets

25 November - Usher Hall Edinburgh, UK - Tickets

26 November - Bridgewater Hall Manchester, UK - Tickets

27 November - Cliffs Pavilion Southend, UK - Tickets

29 November - Hammersmith Eventim Apollo London, UK - Tickets

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Setting off on 22nd April, Steve and his band will perform in 31 shows in 17 countries.

For the first time ever, Steve will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No. 3 in the UK charts, has been described as 'the definitive Genesis album.' It includes firm favorites such as Dancing with the Moonlit KnightFirth of FifthCinema Show and, of course, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Other favorite classic Genesis tracks will also feature in the show.

2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve's most popular solo albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will rightly celebrate this milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from the album.

Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve's new album, to be released in 2019. Steve explains,

 "I'm thrilled to be performing the whole of my favorite Genesis album, SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND, which caught the attention of John Lennon in 1973. I felt that I was now playing guitar in the world's best band, and everything was opening up for us ...

Also I look forward to playing all the favorite songs from SPECTRAL MORNINGS, marking its anniversary, plus new album tasters, as well as additional Genesis gems in a terrific grand slam !. "

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Introducing Craig Blundell, Steve Hackett's new drummer for next year's tour - INFO, VIDEO & SOCIAL

Craig Blundell is Steve Hackett's new drummer for next year's tour. More info.


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2019 TOUR DRUMMER NEWS: CRAIG BLUNDELL

November 2018: "I'm excited to announce that Craig Blundell will be drumming for us throughout the 2019 Tour! Craig has won countless magazine polls around the world and is in very high demand. He played on 39 different projects in 2018 and is the current touring and recording drummer for Steven Wilson. Voted by modern drummer and rhythm magazine readers as one of the top progressive and forward thinking drummers in the world ... "

Craig Blundell has been playing drums since the age of 3 and is now recognized in the top handful of “Progressive” drummers, educators and clinicians in the world ... MORE

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Steve Hackett had revealed, through social media, that the drummer Gary O'Toole leaves the band. Own with albums and live engagements coming soon.

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Steve Hackett, the new album: At The Edge Of Light. Release scheduled for January 25, 2019.

* PRESS RELEASE *

Following the tremendous success of 2017's 'The Night Siren' (charted at # 22 in Germany, # 28 in the UK), legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces the release of his new studio album 'At The Edge Of Light' on the 25th January 2019. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric all brought together in Steve Hackett's unique style.

Steve says: "In these dangerous times, deep shadows feel even sharper than usual and we find ourselves standing at the edge of light ... The contrast between dark and light weaves its way throughout the album in many ways, from the sense of good fighting evil through to the interplay of dark and light opposites magically combining in cultures, including the heartbeat of India and primal tribal rhythms. Ultimately, this album embraces the need for all musical forms and cultures to connect and celebrate the wonder of unity in this divided world. "

At The Edge Of Light is released in a number of formats including a Mediabook CD plus extra DVD with 5.1 surround sound mix & behind the scenes documentary, double vinyl LP + CD, Jewelcase CD and digital album.

Steve Hackett has established himself as one of Rock music's finest and recognizable guitarists through his time with the legendary Genesis who he joined in 1971 and a solo career following his departure from Genesis in 1977 and is a hugely influential guitarist particularly in the Progressive Rock genre. 'At The Edge Of Light' will be Hackett's 26th studio album in a solo career that began in 1975 with the release of his debut solo album Voyage Of The Acolyte.

'At The Edge Of Light' was mainly recorded in Steve's own studio but also around the world. The album features international artists, including Durga and Loreley of Pink Floyd vocal fame with drummers Nick D'Virgilio and Simon Phillips from USA, Sheema on sitar from India, Icelandic drummer / percussionist Gulli Briem, tar player Malik Mansurov and Swedish bass player Jonas Reingold ... This album also features Paul Stillwell on didgeridoo, Rob Townsend on sax, bass clarinet and duduk, Amanda Lehmann on vocals, John Hackett on flute, drummer Gary O'Toole, Roger King and Ben Fenner on keyboards, Dick Driver on double bass, violinist and viola player Christine Townsend ... All magically honed and engineered by Roger King.

Full Track Listing:

1. Fallen Walls and Pedestals
2. Beasts In Our Time
3. Under The Eye of the Sun
4. Underground Railroad
5. Those Golden Wings
6. Shadow and Flame
7. Hungry Years
8. Descent
9. Conflict
10. Peace

Steve Hackett working on the new album: photos and comments from social media.

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Steve Hackett concluded the tour Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra show - SOCIAL & VIDEO

Steve Hackett, Genesis Revisited Band & Orchestra show. INFO, SOCIAL & VIDEO. 


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New 2019 Tour, Europe dates revealed. And more dates to be announced. TICKETS.

From the website: 

Setting off on 22nd April, Steve and his band will perform in 31 shows in 17 countries.

For the first time ever, Steve will perform the seminal Genesis album Selling England By The Pound in its entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No. 3 in the UK charts, has been described as 'the definitive Genesis album.' It includes firm favorites such as Dancing with the Moonlit KnightFirth of FifthCinema Show and, of course, I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Other favorite classic Genesis tracks will also feature in the show.

2019 also marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve's most popular solo albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will rightly celebrate this milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from the album.

Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve's new album, to be released in 2019. Steve explains,

 "I'm thrilled to be performing the whole of my favorite Genesis album, SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND, which caught the attention of John Lennon in 1973. I felt that I was now playing guitar in the world's best band, and everything was opening up for us ...

Also I look forward to playing all the favorite songs from SPECTRAL MORNINGS, marking its anniversary, plus new album tasters, as well as additional Genesis gems in a terrific grand slam !. "

Joining Steve on this tour are Roger King (keyboards), Gary O'Toole (drums / percussion), Rob Townsend (saxes / flutes), Jonas Reingold (bass / twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals.

April 2019

April 22 - Kursaal Oostende Oostende, BELGIUM - Tickets

April 23 - Laeiszhalle Hamburg, GERMANY - Tickets

April 24 - TonHalle Munich, GERMANY - Tickets

April 26 - Hegel - Saal Stuttgart, GERMANY - Tickets

April 27 - Museumsquartie Vienna, AUSTRIA - Tickets

April 29 - Conciliation Auditorium Rome, ITALY - Ticket information soon

April 30 - Auditorium Europe Bologna, ITALY - Ticket information soon

May 2019

2 May - Colosseum Theater Turin, ITALY - Ticket information soon

May 3 - Creberg Theater Bergamo, ITALY - Ticket information soon

May 5 - Haus Auensee Leipzig, GERMANY - Tickets

May 6 - Earth Hall Poznan, POLAND - Tickets

May 7 - Klub Studio Krakow, POLAND - Tickets

May 9 - Compensation Hall Vilnius, Lithuania - Tickets

May 10 - Nordea Hall Tallinn, ESTONIA - Tickets

May 11 - Circus Helsinki, FINLAND - Tickets

May 13 - Nalen Stockholm, SWEDEN - Tickets

May 14 - Rockefeller Oslo, NORWAY - Tickets

May 15 - Pustervik Gothenburg, SWEDEN - Tickets

May 16 - Amager Bio Copenhagen, DENMARK - Tickets

May 18 - Posten Odense, DENMARK - Tickets

May 19 - Train Aarhus, DENMARK - Tickets

May 21 - Lichtburg Essen, GERMANY - Tickets

May 23 - Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS - Tickets

May 24 - Cultuurpodium Boerderij Zoetermeer, NETHERLANDS - Tickets

May 26 - Rockhal Club Esch-sur-Alzette, LUXEMBOURG - Tickets

May 27 - Trianon Paris, France - Tickets

May 28 - Volkshaus Zurich, SWITZERLAND - Tickets

May 29 - Zitadelle (outdoor venue) Mainz, GERMANY - Tickets

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November 7, 2006, the Genesis announce the reunion

Mayfair Hotel, London. On November 7, 2006 the press conference took place in which i Genesis announce the reunion and the relative tour.


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Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have conceded to journalists' questions and photos.

Also present were the representatives of the three biggest fan clubs: Mario Giammetti of DUSK (Italy), Alan Hewitt and Stuart Barnes of THE WAITING ROOM (England) and Christian Gerhardts of IT (Germany).

Here is the complete transcript of the press conference, taken from the website genesis-news.com (for the Italian version CLICK HERE):

David Baddiell: Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen - good afternoon everybody and also good afternoon if you're one of the thousands - who knows - millions - logging in on the live-webcast on genesis-news.com. Perhaps I could begin by explaining why I am here.
Let me take you back to 1977. A rough time in London, the time of skinheads and punk rock, a year in which I myself was beaten up twice on the streets of London - once for being Jewish, once for being a Pakistani - true story - I tried to explain to the bloke who was beating me up for being Pakistani that I was Jewish but it made very little difference. Anyway, like many 14 year olds I was trying very hard to prove I was cool and not somebody should be beaten up by being into punk rock, so I dyed my hair, I ripped off all my t-shirts and then my mate Richard Gerald played me Blood On The Rooftops from Wind And Wuthering and I just thought - this is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. And I went out to buy that album, and Trick Of The Tail, then all the earlier albums and comitragically for me I became a huge fan of Genesis just at the point in time when they were probably least fashionable - I mean you try and get it off with girls in 1977 by playing them Supper's Ready from Foxtrot - I mean they were out the door before "a flower". So it's been written in blood for me - liking this band - I've actually seen the Genesis tribute band The Musical Box twice, twice - and cried while watching them, they're that bad - so, the truth is: I am still a fan, they are still unfashionable - but who cares. They are a group who over 30 years created some of the most amazing songs in the history of popular music, so let's just remind ourselves of how good Genesis are.

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Okay, and now to tell us exactly where Genesis will be playing on the Turn It On Again tour, please welcome the European tour promoter John Giddings.

John Giddings: Hello - I grew up on the music of Genesis, I was one of millions who bought their albums the day they were released, took them home up to my bedroom and learned every word to every song. Along with Pink Floyd, they created a depth and emotion to music way beyond the three minute single. I saw them at the Culham College, at Hemel Hampstead, I think the support band was Medicine Head, I promoted them at University on the Foxtrot tour, I saw them at Wembley stadium five or six nights, then at Knebworth - and now, 15 years later, I'm really pleased and proud to announce they're going to start a European tour in Helsinki on the 11th of June, they are then going on to Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, they are going to play the first ever show in Monaco in the stadium there and they're going to finish the tour in front of the Colosseum in Rome to 300.000 people - a free show. They're going to play Twickenham in England and Manchester for the Northern fans. It's gonna be a fantastic tour - Turn It On Again, thank you very much. Back to you, David.

David Baddiell: Thank you very much, John. Okay, now could you please welcome to the stage - the main act, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins - ladies and gentlemen - Genesis!

Q: Hello guys, are you alright?
Mike: Oh dear ...

Q: Chaps, why have you waited 15 years for this reunion? What have you been doing?
Phil: Why have we waited fifteen years? … We just sort of felt that now was the kind of right time to have a go, really.

Q: How exactly did it come about? When did you first start talking about it?
Phil: Well I guess I left in '94 and I did some things on my own, Genesis carried on and you know, I used to listen to the odd bits and pieces at home, missed cameraderie a bit, you know ... Anyway I was on tour on my own when the first boxset came out with the Peter Gabriel stuff and I remember thinking that at some point someone would ask us to do something, and no-one did. That was how it went, and I was just talking about it, then the next boxset came out and I thought someone would ask us and, again, no-one did. Meanwhile, just talking about it and us three we've seen each others many many times since I left and we kind of bring it up every time we sat down together to talk about it - and sometimes we talked ourselves out of it and we just decided that this was as good a time as any to sort of actually do something.

Q: It's one of the interesting things about Genesis, I think, is - I mean the history of rock music is littered with bands who all hate each other but you lot, you don't, do you. So it seems to be very little rancour. It just seems to be very quiet, very friendly despite the fact that you've come and gone over the years.
Mike: Yes - I can't imagine being on the road with people I don't like and we had a great time just recording and writing stuff and touring.

Q: We saw some footage of rehearsals - how have the rehearsals been going, do you remember the songs?
Tony: Yes, we remembered the songs ...

Phil: He asked the wrong guy here -

Tony: ... but we wondered if we could still play them. A few things had to be worked through, get the fingers moving, get the drummer on speed, things like that. But after a few days we kind of…. The songs are so much part of our lives so we obviously still remember everything and we're doing songs right back from as far as 1973 in the shows, so, after a little bit of memory jogging you find your hands just slip back exactly where they were at that time.

Q: So it's a big European tour. Are you going to be touring in the US next year?
Phil: Yeah, there are plans to do a selection of shows rather than a tour - which is the way I like to look at it. I stopped touring, so I don't call it a tour, it's a selection of shows, which we will do all over Europe and then another selection of shows in North America - and there's only 20 of these, and there's only 20 in America ., that doesn't seem like a tour, it seems more like a selection of shows, really. Shall I say it again? A smorgasbord of shows.

Q: Are you rugby lovers, as you're playing Twickenham, aren't you? Do you like rugby or do you like football more? 'Cause you're playing Old Trafford the next day. What will it be like to play a stadium like that?
Mike: I think it will be quite good - no one is too far away - I mean the old Wembley with guys at the very back you know.
Phil: When I was at school I ran at Twickenham - I lived in Hounslow and went to school just a stonethrow from Twickenham and I lost many a race at Twickenham.

Q: I was told to ask you this, so don't be offended, but do you have Peter Gabriel's phone number, did you ask Peter about joining you?
Tony: Well, I have. Well when we first started talking about it the original idea was actually to do The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with Peter and Steve and we had lots of talks about it and then we finally had a meeting which I thought was gonna be the day where we say "yes let's do it today" but Peter said - this is a meeting of thinking about talking about things in the future. And we thought at that point, this is gonna be quite a long way away - 2, 3, 4 5 - 10 years - in Peter's schedule 25 years. So we thought at that time - we were still in the same room, why not doing this tour, the three of us with Chester and Daryl on drums and guitar - and that's why we're here.

Q: But do you think that there is a chance in the future of doing something with Peter?
Mike: The idea of ​​doing The Lamb is quite fun and appealing, I mean Peter has an album coming out next year and he may be on tour the same time as us.
Phil: Well sometimes you read that he is into it, sometimes you read he is not. I think he is far more sensitive than we are about what it means, you know. This is just music, us getting together and playing some songs. I think that certainly from my point I have done as much as I can, and this is, I think, great fun to do, whereas Peter, since he left, has very much been doing his thing, albeit lots of things under that umbrella . I think he's just a little overcautious sometimes about going to back to doing something that, basically, fundamentally, is just fun.

Q. So can you give us any clues about the set list? I would like you to a song called More Fool Me from Selling England By The Pound, which you sung, which I really love and it's just you and acoustic guitar. Will you be doing that?
Phil: No. But if you would come along, I'm sure Mike will accompany you. We've started to run through things. We've had two weeks rehearsals already which was actually a layover from the Peter thing because… We were going to do The Lamb, we were talking about doing The Lamb Lies Down and having seen The Musical Box as well, actually, I'd kind of forgotten most of it and got terrified at having to play it. And I think they both felt…

Q. Is it just really hard to play?
Phil: Yes. The person that you were thirty-two years ago played differently than now. We all did, you know. But these two weeks we had in New York was mainly just to get our feet wet with playing that stuff, and that kind of fell out of the window with all that's been happening round the Peter thing. So we just used the time to play through the songs that we may do.

Q. So there's going to be a huge range of stuff going back, as you said, Mike, to 1973, right up to the last album you released?
Mike: Definitely. We rehearsed far too much, as usual, but we'll play with Daryl [Stuermer] and Chester [Thompson] again. We're doing a fair amount of the longer instrumental stuff, and the double drum stuff I kind of missed, you know. The sound you get when you got two drummers. The racket you get when you got two drummers.

Q. That's all the questions that I've got, but [adressing the press] you've probably got some questions. I will take my leave now, but I think Claire is going to come and field questions from the audience.

Q. I'd like to know if the dynamics between you have changed in the intervening years, what it feels like to be back together and are you also trying out new material?
Tony: The funny thing is: When you get back together it's just like you'd never been apart, really. You just slip back into the same way you used to behave. That's half the appeal, really, you're going back it. It's the same thing with old friends, school friends - you might meet even 20 years later and it's funny how quickly you slip back into it. So I don't think the dynamics have changed from that point of view. To answer the second part of your question, there is no plan at this point in time to do anything new.
Phil: We do see each other quite a lot, you know, for various reasons, like when both box sets came out. There were birthday parties, weddings, all kinds of things. We see each other quite a lot, it's not like we haven't seen each other. We haven't played together, well, actually we did play together at my 50th and we played at my wedding. But we actually see each other quite regularly. We played at Peter's wedding, didn't we? So it's not really that special in terms of us getting back together. We just haven't been working in the same office, as it were.

Q: You are playing eight gigs in Germany, more than any other country. Is there any reason for this? Do you love Germany or…?
Phil: [laughs] We knew we'd be asked this. Germany is a big country, and trying to get from A to C we have to go through B. For a variety of reasons we're playing places that, historically, have been very good for us as well as some places that we have never played before. Just trying to find a balance, really.
Tony: Germany attracts from the neighboring countries as well. We're not doing Denmark, we're not doing lots of other places. It is that sort of central point that people can come to. And it would be fair to say that, of all countries, probably Germany's always been the place that wants to see us most. So that's why we're paying a little more time there.

Q: Phil, you've talked about the hearing loss you've suffered in your left ear. What sort of advice to you have medically about going on a tour? Will you be playing drums at some point each night during the tour? Will you be able to protect your hearing on this tour?
Phil: Oh, I don't go for the protection. [laughter] My hearing is no better and no worse than it was six years ago when it happened. At one point I was advised not to do any more live shows because - why take the risk of buggering the other one up? But it wasn't music that did it, it was a viral infection which could have happened to anybody and unfortunately happened to me. I went on my last tour because I realized that it wasn't actually going to suffer, I could perform without it really taking any toll. So I will be playing drums, oh God, yes, I will be playing drums, but as soon as I practiced I realized that… Those two weeks in New York I realized maybe I've got to practice more. There'll be lots and lots of drum moments. It doesn't really get in the way. In a loud environment, like in a loud restaurant I find it very difficult to hear, but normally it's fine. It's leveled off, my brain has adjusted - which is good for drumming.

Q: Turn it on again - The tour. Was this a long-term plan of you coming together, going on tour again or did it just happen to be?
Mike: It just happens to be. We're not very good at long-term planning. Sometimes you make these big long plans and they don't happen and people just get a bit annoyed. We just do what comes along. As we've said, this is the right time for us, for many reasons, and then we'll just see, really. For years when we were asked about touring, and I would say “never”, but then here we are. There's nothing planned, but who knows?

Q: How important is the fun part?
Mike: Fun part? God, it's really important. If we couldn't make this fun to do, why do it? We get on great and I think it will be great. I'm really looking forward to it.
Phil: I know it's hard to believe right now, but we spend an awful lot of the time laughing. This isn't the most natural environment for us, but we do get on really, really well. We just had two weeks in New York, and it was fifty percent laughing, well, 25 percent laughing, 25 percent playing and 50 percent hanging around. It was great fun.

Q: We talked with each other two years ago at The Farm about the box set, and the material of Wind And Wuthering and A Trick Of The Tail. Are you going to do some material of that because that's the most likely, lovely to play, I guess. Are you going to do that old stuff?
Tony: We're going to play from… Well, we also got sixteen albums so we're playing a bit from everything. In the case of Trick Of The Tail, yes, we're definitely playing some things from that, certainly Los Endos. We haven't totally finalized exactly what we're gonna play. There'll be stuff from every era, Wind And Wuthering we're certainly doing Afterglow and stuff, you can't do. You just can't do too much from any one era. I suppose the era we're doing more of is the last couple of albums, the last couple of albums we did with Phil, at least We Can't Dance and Invisible Touch because it produced a lot of hits, and people coming to the shows would like to hear some of those. That's how we're sort of deciding.

Q: Do you intend to release the shows as an Encore Series, like Peter Gabriel did? What about releasing the soundboard shows from previous tours and the Jackson tape and all that stuff?
Phil: Huh?
Mike: Dear me, I don't know. Haven't though about it.
Tony: It has been talked about for the existing tour. There's certainly no technical reason why it can't be done.
Mike: [to Tony] What do you think?
Tony: Warts and all if people wanted it. In terms of the old board tapes, we've got stacks of them. A lot of them would be recorded over, I have to say, for other things. There's an awful lot there, and we've talked many times about doing this. It's just a lot of work to do for somebody to get it in a state where it can actually be put of to people who like to have it. If people would like to have it - I know people would, you know, but we've talked about it for quite a few years and not done anything yet, so don't hold your breath.
Phil: I would have thought there would be some kind of momentum for it in some shape or form. We're going to have screens, I'm sure, because we're going to be playing outdoors, and if you're filming every night you may as well record it if you're doing a live shoot, so it's probably kind of inevitable. We haven't actually got that far in talking about it.

Q. You are kind of denying the tour because you call it “shows” although it's written on the screen there, “the tour”. [laughter all around] I just wonder if you're worried about the physical stress…
Phil: [calls out in mock surprise as he pretends to notice the words on the screen for the first time] It's wrong, it's a selection of shows.

Q: [continues] How do you prepare physically for the 'selection of shows', then?
Phil: I don't, personally speaking. Tony goes into a very rigid regime when he's, uh, [makes piano playing gestures with his hand] all night. The rehearsing does it. I'm not very good at training, I've never been good at just sitting on a bike in the same place. I find I get healthier and fitter doing it, so I'll be trying my best in the rehearsals. My main thing is not getting fit, it's actually making sure I don't get ill, a cold or something, because that would bugger the whole thing up. I'll be trying my best to do that. It's not that strenuous, a selection of shows.

Q. How important is the financial element of this tour, or is it a purely artistic endeavor?
Mike: Oh, that question ...
Tony: We're just doing it for fun, and also, hopefully,… Any other area I care about a little thing is that, if Genesis is played on the radio at all these days it tends to be (in England, I can 't speak for the rest of the world) - it tends to be things like Follow You Follow Me or I Can't Dance or something. Genesis has another side to it, which is what makes us distinctive, I think, and is probably the reason why we've lasted all the years I have, which is of a rather more complex area of ​​music. The band is slightly schizophrenic. Sometimes one area gets slightly more attention than the other. So I am very pleased about it that we're going to play things like Los Endos, Domino, In The Cage and something like this which represent the other side of us as well. That's one of the motives for me for doing it, trying to reacquaint people. Genesis is not a group that is sort of mentioned these days in the papers I read, anyhow. I'd just like to remind people that we did do a lot of different things.
Phil: If money was an issue, we'd be doing more than 20 shows. If we would just satisfy the demand that I suspect there is out there we would be playing in the Far East, we would be playing South America, we would be playing Asia, we would be playing more shows than we are in Europe, more shows than we are going to be playing in America. I think we are all loaded enough [laughter] without worrying about where the next million or two will be coming from. No, it's true, we would be playing multiple dates in multiple stadiums. The reason we put a cap on it is we want to do this for us as much as anything else.
Mike: It also makes it seem more special than the whole year tours we used to do. It becomes something else by being just the twenty shows here and in America. It should feel more special for that reason.

Q: I wonder if you have a visual concept for your series of shows.
Phil: A visual concept. We're still doing that, we've had meetings where it's been thought of that area. We owe it to ourselves to try and make it look good. If we are playing some stadiums there are people at the back that won't see things, so of course there will be some kind of visual presentation. Bigger isn't necessarily better. We're still humming and hahing about that. We're talking about next June so we still got plenty of time, but we have started thinking about it.

Q: I'm a little bit surprised that Steve Hackett's name hasn't come up so far in this discussion because he was very proactive, so I'm led to believe, in the reunion. What's the score with that?
Mike: That was one of two combinations. One was as the five-piece with Peter and Steve doing something from that era, and the other was obviously the three-piece. The three-piece comes with Daryl and Chester, really.

Q: Is he upset that he's not involved in this?
Tony: I think he would have liked to do, certainly if we were doing the thing with Peter. And this era, the four-piece if you like, was a very short period of time. + It is not really malleable to think that we would tour for years after that with Daryl. + That's how I see it. It would get uncomfortable to go back to a hybrid kind of situation.
[transcriber's note: Tony's answer is very difficult to hear. The sentence marked by + in particular is hardly intelligible. Readers who can make out better what Tony says are heartily invited to improve on my version]

Q: Classic Rock readers would hate me if I didn't ask this, but are you perhaps planning to do Supper's Ready?
Tony: We're not planning to do Supper's Ready. Well… you asked were we planning!

Q: I would like to know if there is any chance that you perform any songs from the Calling All Stations album?
Mike: No. At the moment we've rehearsed a lot of music, way too much already. We look forward to playing it, really. At the moment we've got far too much material to play so nothing comes first really.

Q: So - have you guys lost it?
Mike: What do you think?
Tony: Come and judge for yourself when we're playing, I think, is the answer to that. I've been playing quite a bit, to test my fingers, did a classical project three years ago. It's just getting back to playing that kind of music, it's just those parts again, really. It shouldn't be a problem, but who knows?

Q: Apart from yourselves, another band, All Saints, have reformed. What's your take on that?
Tony: I'm afraid I don't know they split up. You're asking the wrong person. I haven't really listened to very much since about 1968.

Q: You mentioned that you're actually playing songs this time so does that mean that we'll actually have complete songs rather than conflated medleys this time round?
Phil: Picky, picky, picky! - We are only too aware, I think, that you try and please everybody and you end up pleasing nobody sometimes. We used to put these medleys together because they referenced an era as well as anything else. Sometimes we realized that they kind of fall between two stools and don't satisfy anybody because they're just little bits. We are addressing that problem and the committee is meeting. No, we have sorted that out. And we're doing more of them. There'll be a couple.
Tony: Instrumental medleys, anyhow.

Q: Phil, a couple of years ago there was a rather surprising hip hop tribute album released by a load of American hip-hoppers and R 'n B acts, a tribute to you, obviously. Now, hip-hoppers have a very strong tradition of appearing on stage on each others concerts, so when you tour America you think that 50 Cent and the gang might be doing a guest appearance at your show?
Phil: [lost for words] If they can drum and sing they can certainly take my place, but… We're much hipper than people think. There is a kind of rebirthing interest amongst other bands and sampling stuff. One track, Land Of Confusionby Disturbed comes to mind. It was kind of a big hit in the States. If you actually talk to musicians there's quite a lot of respect for bands like us. I doubt that they'd come onstage with us because we're really not that kind of band. It's not as if we do a twelve-bar and everybody would come on and sing along. It's very flattering, I gotta say. There had been versions of my songs and also of That's All.There's a track called That's All which I played the guys the other day 'cause I keep an eye open for this kind of stuff and I grab a copy and I played them That's All because it's illuminating. It just means that we're not stuck in the 80s as some people tend to think of us. People go back and revisit this stuff and they bring it into this day and age. It's flattering to be looked at slightly differently from another area of ​​music.

Q: A question about the last show in Rome. It is the only show outside a stadium in a public square. Are you preparing something special for that occasion? Phil: Well, hopefully the event itself will be special. There'll be a lot of people so obviously there's gonna be some changes. We're gonna make sure that it works if it's gonna be that big for that many people. It's too early to get specifics on that one. It's going to be a fantastic opportunity to play to an awful lot of crazy Italians. Perfect.

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