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Phil Collins' last concert with Genesis, September 18, 1993- AUDIO & RICORDI

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On September 18, 1993, al Cowdray Park, in Sussex, United Kingdom, in a very special concert, it is staged Phil Collins' last concert with Genesis (not definitive). Here is the story of those days.

A benefit concert for the King Edward VII Hospital, at Cowdray Park, near Oxford, has become an absolute special event, but historic for Genesis.

On stage, in front of about 1000 people, there are that September 18, 1993 Queen without Freddy Mercury, Pink Floyd and Genesis with Phil Collins for the last time (although not definitive).

Genesis play I Can't Dance, That's Just The Way It Is (by Collins soloist), Turn It On Again, Hold On My Heart e Invisible Touch with Phil Collins on vocals, Mike Rutherford on bass, Tony Banks on keyboards, Tim Renwick on guitar, Gary Wallis and Roger Taylor on drums.

The supergroup is called The Ruins Band, name and formation that will last the space of one night and which takes its cue from the location of the concert, in the ruins of Cowdray Castle. Band members like Queen, Pink Floyd and Genesis make it up.

Mike Rutherford also plays bass for Pink Floyd, while Mike Young of Mike + The Mechanics sings and duets with David Gilmour. Eric Clapton performs two songs accompanied by Mike Rutherford and Roger Taylor.

Then all together on stage for encores: Ain't That Peculiar, Gimme Some Lovin ' e Witness Together.

Here is the recording of a part of the concert:

And here's the super line-up: TONY BANKS Genesis Keyboards, ERIC CLAPTON Guitar, PHIL COLLINS Genesis Vocals, JOHN DEACON Queen Bass, DAVID GILMOUR Pink Floyd Guitar, ADRIAN LEE Mike &. Mech Keyboards, NICK MASON Pink Floyd Drums, TIM RENWICK Mech./Floyd Bass / Guitar, MIKE RUTHERFORD Genesis Guitar / Bass, ROGER TAYLOR Queen Vocals / Drums, GARRY WALLIS Drums, RICHARD WRIGHT Pink Floyd Keyboards, PAUL YOUNG Mike &. Mechanics Vocals.

But let's go back to Phil Collins. For him this is not a concert like the many that he has already supported in his career. IS will have a devastating role in the future of Genesis.

Phil writes in his autobiography No, I'm not dead yet, Mondadori:

"On 17 November in Wolverhampton, the last date of the We Can't Dance Tour, there are no heads. After the gigantic series of concerts around the world, they are broken."

Il We Can't Dance Tour it was exhausting, but triumphant. Phil again:

"The success of Genesis has never been so immense, but I have never felt so small. (...) Looking back on the We Can't Dance Tour, I realize that the weight of leadership had worn me out. Sin from the beginning of the most grandiose tour in the history of Genesis there had been a sense of nostalgia, "look how far we've come" style. "

Listen to the BBC interview, in the Rockline program on May 6, 1992, on the start of the tour in Dallas:

As it often happens in Phil's life, sentimental situations complicate things, even in the professional sphere. A tangle of emotions, the basis of the solo album Both Sides, which will be released in October 1993.

"As I fly left and right to promote" Both Sides "at the end of 1993, my life is chaos. I released what I consider my best album, but at what price? These songs are born from the attempt to clarify within me: they speak of separation, of a lost love. Furthermore, the freedom that I experienced realizing them made me want to record other records as "Both Sides", personal and self-sufficient. Who forces me to have a group? "

Just in a moment of great afterthoughts and sentimental "woes", this concert arrives in Cowdray, which brings Phil back to the band's companions after almost a very troubled year. But something snaps that day Collins definitely feels that the adventure with Genesis is over.

"Well, for positive and negative reasons, after dedicating half of my life to the Genesis, it's time to say goodbye to them."

He talks to manager and confidant Tony Smith about it. However, he asked him not to make the decision known immediately. A practice reminiscent of Peter Gabriel's farewell. On this topic READ THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO.

"The people around me take me crazy, I notice it. Tony Smith, in particular, realizes that leaving Genesis and my second wife will cost me dearly, or rather double. But it doesn't matter to me, I need air. "

Tony Smith hopes for an afterthought by Phil, which however does not happen. Phil again:

"I don't blame Genesis for the constant trauma in my private life. It may be that I felt perpetually obliged to go on tour, to honor commitments and projects, to guarantee everyone satisfaction and work. Basically, however, the responsibility is mine. "

During a dramatic lunch, Collins communicates his intention to others. Here is the memory of Mike Rutherford in his autobiography The Living Years, Arcana:

"Thinking about it now, I realize how strange it was for him to switch from the role of drummer to that of singer. He did it with such ease that Tony and I did not notice all the implications that it could entail, but it remained something that was not it had never been in his plans. All this meant that when we set up a meeting at Tony Smith's house in Chiddingfold one day in 1996 and Phil said, "I think it's better to stop here," it wasn't really a surprise. The surprise was that it was remained with the Genesis for so long, after all that had happened to him with his solo career "

The March 28 1996 a press release to press agencies around the world tells the end, after more than 25 years, of Phil Collins' long adventure with the band, although it promises the continuation of the Genesis experience with a new vocalist.

And, as we know, too Phil's farewell will not be final, albeit episodic. Mike felt it then:

"And I think I also knew that there was a possibility that it wasn't quite finished yet."

But that's another story.

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Genesis: the 70th anniversary of Richard Macphail - the BOOK, the VIDEOS, the MEMORIES

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Richar Macphail turns 70. He was born on September 17, 1950. He celebrates with the release of his book in the Italian version. The former Genesis tour manager had talked about it in Italy. Here are all the details.

It's called "My life with Genesis", the Italian version of the book by Richard Macphail, the ex road manager the period from 1969 to 1973, the early days of the band and the sessions for recording the album Trespass , which came to life right in the legendary Cottage owned by his parents.

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Increasingly important figure within the Genesis, until the sensational farewell later Foxtrot. Officially to deal with other things, but it seems he was increasingly in difficulty in the face of the appetites of the music business towards the band.

A last and warm greeting you can find it on the back cover of the album Genesis Live, enough to alarm fans and make them fear Richard's death. Who is instead alive and well, still in contact with Genesis & Co. and often participates in Genesis Days all over the world, including Italy.

Already in "My Book Of Genesis" Peter Gabriel's preface demonstrates Macphail's excellent relations with former adventure companions.

The book is written with Chris Charlesworth and will give readers a picture of the life of the band of that period, viewed from its angle. In addition to Gabriel there will be interventions by the other members of the band and even more photos and an unpublished chapter compared to the English version.

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Richard Macphail, guest in Italy in August 2019 at the Prog Days in Savignone (Genoa), talked about his book and his days with Genesis. VIDEO.

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Phil Collins: “In the Air tonight” in the first episode of Miami Vice, September 16, 1984 - VIDEO

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On September 16, 1984, Phil Collins' "In the Air tonight" aired on NBC in the first episode of Miami Vice.

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"In the Air Tonight" appears in the episodes "Brother's Keeper" and "A Bullet for Crockett", "I Don't Care Anymore" in "No Exit":

Miami Vice Best Music - Phil Collins - I Don't Care Anymore from Topdisco Radio on Vimeo.

"Take Me Home" in "The Prodigal Son":

e "Long, Long Way to Go" in "Sons and Lovers":

Genesis' "Land of Confusion" also appeared in Miami Vice, in the episode "Freefall".

Not only. On December 13, 1985, Phil Collins made his entrance as an actor in Miami Vice, in the part of the drug dealer Phil the Shill.

"Phil the Shill"is the eleventh episode of the second season of Miami Vice.

The song "Life is a Rat Race"has never been included in an album since it was performed on the series.

The surname of Phil Collins's character is Mayhew and those of other minor roles in the episode are Stewart, Bruford, Banks, Hackett and MacPhail.

Phil as a preacher, at the end of the episode, is particularly ironic, given that he would later record "Jesus He Knows Me"with the Genesis, satire on those who exploit people for profit, in We Can't Dance.

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Genesis: Foxtrot tour begins, 9 September 1972 - PODCAST, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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September 9, 1972, at the Seloncourt Festival in the Halle Polyvalente of Montbeliard in France Genesis starts on Foxtrot Tour, full of twists and historical moments for the group. Here is the story of those days.

Listen to the podcast (in Italian) on the occasion of the 45th anniversary:


  1. Stories of summer: September 9, 1972, the Foxtrot Tour begins
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Il Foxtrot Tour of Genesis touches the United Kingdom, Europe and North America.

The show at the National Stadium in Dublin, on September 28th, will remain in the history of Genesis because, in the finale of The Musical Box, Peter Gabriel shows up on stage wearing a fox head and a red woman dress of his wife Jill, unbeknownst to his companions. The beginning of an era of theatricality and costumes, which gave the band a hitherto unknown visibility and popularity.

In fact, the 9 February, at the Rainbow Theater in London, Peter Gabriel wears a full trunk in the dressing room and wears his famous costumes and masks on stage . On the notes of mellotron di Watcher Of The Skies, Peter comes out for the first time in a black suit and bat wings on his head.

Here is the effect (in a video of the next tour, October 1973 Live Shepperton Studios):

And then again, new twists throughout the concert. Images that will mark, for better or for worse, the band forever. Here is Phil Collins' comment in his autobiography "No, I'm not dead yet", Mondadori:

"Before this there had been no indication that Peter wanted to start dressing up. How, later, he won't warn us of the flower mask he will wear for the part of Willow Farm in Supper's Ready, and not even for the triangular box that you put on your head for the next part, Apocalypse in 9/8. We also see them at the same time as the public sees them. He does not want to know how to decide in a group in these cases. (...) These are the very unconventional things that Peter Gabriel is now doing on stage with Genesis. After Dublin, Ms. Volpe reappears at every concert, always in the same spot. We get used to it early, and it's better for us: a photo of Peter in the new costume ends up straight on the cover of the «Melody Maker», and adds a zero to the Genesis engagement rate. We go from thirty-five pounds to three hundred and fifty pounds a night. "

Mike Rutherford tells in his autobiography The Living Years, Arcana:

"We had been kept completely in the dark about Pete's intentions; he knew, moreover, that if he had anticipated something we would have tried to stop him."

Remember Tony Banks in Without Borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel di Daryl Easlea, Arcana:

"Others did something with the costumes, but we took advantage of all the space on the stage. When you went to a Genesis show you saw the curtains veiled, and then the artificial smoke, which yes is now a cliché but then it wasn't at all. bat wings and eyes made up. You heard the sound of the Mellotron, practically the first effect in stereo. There were no other concerts of that level in the world. The first ten minutes were of incredible power. I think we were among the first groups to capture the beauty of the fusion of music and visual effects. A little happened by chance and luckily, a little because Peter's ability in that sense was truly unique. "

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The first time of Peter Gabriel's costumes.

The Delmale Flowers: Peter Gabriel's costumes.

It is during this tour that the Genesis land for the first time in the United States, for a Christmas concert, full of problems, at the Philharmonic Hall in New York on December 13 1972, preceded by a live for a few students at Brandeis University in Boston two days earlier. Phil Collins again:

"As soon as we arrived we found out that our American manager, (...) organized a concert at Brandeis University near Boston, Massachusetts. At lunchtime. So our first performance on American soil is an atrocious and hasty disappointment. English rock students, or at least ours, care less about what we thought, and they seem more interested in their studies or sandwiches. This does not stand in favor of the good fortunes of Genesis in the United States. 'America.

(...) Approaching for the first time in New York, we are overwhelmed by the enormity of the metropolis that falls on a group already dazzled by the failure of Boston. But entering the sunset from George Washington Bridge, the Manhattan skyline lights up gradually, illuminated by millions of lights. New York! We saw it in the movies, and now we're here. (...)

And then we go to Philharmonic Hall to test and discover a very big problem: the different electrical system in America implies that electromechanical instruments go to 60 hertz and not to 50 as in England. This means that the Mellotron (a new toy that we bought from the King Crimson) and the Hammond organ are out of tune compared to the guitars.

Listen to i Genesis live at the Philharmonic Hall in New York:

We find an improvised solution and, that evening, we do the concert at the least worst. It seems that the audience does not notice anything strange, but despite the fact that the five of us are synchronized telepathically, for Genesis the concert is a mess. We get off the stage, take the lift to the dressing rooms and the air is green with anger. Even years later, just naming that first concert in New York makes us all agitated and brings back horrible memories. "

A first stage in the United States that was not particularly successful, perhaps due to the unripe times and the notoriety of the band that is still scarce overseas, despite the expensive promotional campaign organized by the Charisma's US branch, Buddah Records. The technical problems certainly had great importance. Again Mike:

"The Rickenbacker bass I played made a hideous buzz: I didn't hear a note all evening. The others also felt nothing and the feeling was that we were throwing away an opportunity. (...) Immediately after the show I threw it to the ground my bass in an attack of anger, cursing and cursing. "

An experience that is repeated ai early March, with some dates in the USA and Canada, this time with more success.

Il ! 1973 the Italian part of the Tour begins in Reggio Emilia. READ AND LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO ON THE TOPIC:

The album Genesis Live was recorded in February 1973 during the English part of the tour.

Started on September 9, 1972, in fact, the tour ends on August 26, 1973 at the Reading Festival, UK. LISTEN TO THE GENESIS EXHIBITION:

Setlist of the tour:

  1. "Watcher of the Skies"
  2. "The Musical Box"
  3. "Supper's Ready"
  4. "The Return of the Giant Hogweed"
  5. "The Knife"

Other pieces performed during the tour:

  • "Can-Utility and the Coastliners"
  • "Get 'Em Out by Friday"
  • "The Fountain of Salmacis"
  • "Twilight Alehouse"

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Video Memories: Happy Birthday Ray Wilson, September 8, 1968 - VIDEO

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September 8. Ray Wilson's birthday.

Here are some moments with Genesis:

Tracklist:

00:00:00 Intro

00:02:30 Band Introductions

00:03:36 Not About Us

00:06:42 More Band Introductions

00:12:04 No Son Of Mine

00:15:15 Interview

00:19:42 Supper's Ready (Part I Lover's Leap)

00:21:57 Interview

00:26:42 Turn It On Again

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The return of Genesis to Italy on 6, 7 and 8 September 1982 - PODCAST & RICORDI

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On September 6, 7 and 8, 1982, Genesis return to concert in Italy after 7 years of absence. Here is the story of those days.

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For many Italian boys - like me, who are from 1963 - it is the first live of the Genesis, which they had not been in concert since March 25, 1975. Then there was still Peter Gabriel, he was the The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Tour and that of the Ruffini Park in Turin, would have been their last concert, for many years, due to the clashes with the police. The Italian tour was in fact canceled after the accidents and scuffles in other live shows, which are about to condemn our country to a quarantine without foreign artists that lasted for years. In fact it remains one of the last of that period. WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO ON THE 1975 TURIN CONCERT.

There is therefore great anticipation especially for the old songs, from Supper's Ready a The Lamb, while the interest in more recent albums is significantly lower, especially Abacab.

Collector's Corner: GENESIS original poster in concert Tirrenia 1982.

The first date is in Tirrenia (Pisa), at the National Unity Day. Here is a long RAI report, which has not escaped the importance of this event for many Genesis fans.

LOOK AT THE PICTURES and here is the audio recording of the concert:

It is a magical summer, that of 1982. We in 63 took the high school exam, studying in the moments left free by the unforgettable World Cup of Spain, won by Italy. Then we enjoyed the well-deserved rest. These first days of September, with the Genesis a few kilometers away, are yet another wonderful piece of that period.

And Phil Collins knows it. He knows that we have been waiting for many years and he knows that we are the world champions. And he plays with us, makes us scream and laugh, knows that he can make fun of us and joke with us, that we are "hungry" for them.

From www.genesis-movement.org

In fact, in the second stage, two dates: on 7 and 8 at the Palaeur in Rome, his presentation is enthralling. Listen to it at 16.00 of the audio recording of the concert:

Of course, I have not listened to Genesis since I was 14 years old. Those of Nursery Cryme, the first I found out about them or about Foxtrot, the first one I bought. They are not even those of The Lamb, which surprised me at the first listening and which I re-evaluated later in the years, a cornerstone of the history of prog and not only or of To Trick e wind, those without Peter, but still excellent, up to the live masterpiece Seconds Out.

Now Steve is gone, too, and the latest albums are not in the least up to those of the golden years, but the Genesis are before us, in flesh and blood (LOOK AT THE PHOTOS OF ROME), still capable of making us dream with Supper's Ready, I Know What I Like, long medley evocative of the best times, like The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway + Watcher Of The Skies o In The Cage + The Cinema Show + The Colony Of Slippermen + Afterglow.

Supper's ReadyPrecisely, still in the Genesis lineup, but now and then and with the concerts counted. Phil presents her remembering her birthday, because she is 10 years old in these days. Indeed, it seems that the whole tour take inspiration from this anniversary, in addition to advertising the third live album Three Sides Live. For those who are there with one, or rather two stone guests, Peter and Steve, and for those who evoke the ex-singer in the choirs, it is an apotheosis. I loved it in Foxtrot, but I also liked the version of Seconds Out. And I must say that this does not disappoint at all, also because Daryl Steurmer is now on the fourth tour with Genesis, the second in which the suite is present (missing in the Duke and in 'Abacab Tour).

The two absentees, in fact: Gabriel and Hackett. We certainly didn't miss Peter two years before, I loved him on September 28, 1980 at the Parco delle Cascine, in Florence, (the next day in Genoa and the 30 in Turin, see video above). Gabriel was among the first to arrive in Italy after the "reopening of the borders".

And then we appreciated Steve less than two months later, six Italian dates, I saw him on November 26 at the Palaeur in Rome. The other three were therefore missing to ideally reform the base quintet, those who for some are the real and unique Genesis (including many of those who are in Tirrenia and Rome and who make it understood in many ways, even if not very civil, at times).

That's why the atmosphere is very hot. Impossible to stay seated, we all crowd towards the stage and Phil begs us to back off, there are those who embrace and those who push themselves (a mini-brawl develops right in my sector of parterre). But in the end we are all sweaty, voiceless and happy, even those who have not liked certain songs, because "our" Genesis have been able to mix old and new expertly.

And we all think, we think: see you next time.

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Video Memories: Peter Gabriel @ Philipshalle, Dusseldorf Germany, September 5th 1980 - RARE VIDEO

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September 5, 1980, Peter Gabriel performs live at the Philipshalle in Dusseldorf in Germany.

Here is a rare video excerpt from that concert:

A rare black and white movie shot during the China 1984 Tour il September 5, 1980 at the Philipshalle in Dusseldorf in Germany.

Line-Up:

Peter Gabriel - Vocals / Keyboards
John Ellis - Guitar
Jerry Marotta - Drums
Larry Fast - Keyboards
Tony Levin - Bass
John Giblin - Bass

Set List:

Intruder / I Don't Remember / Solsbury Hill / Family Snapshot / Milgram's 37 / Modern Love / Not One of Us / Lead a Normal Life / Moribund the Burgermeister / Mother of Violence / Humdrum / Games Without Frontiers / And Through the Wire / I Go Swimming / Biko / On the Air / Here Comes the Flood

A curiosity. For this tour Gabriel decided to invent a version of Mao Tse-tung quotes, contained in the so-called "Mao's Little Red Book", which had helped solidify Mao's takeover in the People's Republic of China in the XNUMXs.

The 1980 tour schedule thus suggested a dystopian work of fiction, which echoed Orwell's 1984 in the name, China Tour 1984, thus forever confusing historians.

In fact Gabriel was not on tour in China and it wasn't 1984. The tour was limited to Europe and North America. It was basically a joke of him or whatever.

In any case, perhaps to recreate the bizarre parody of the tour's totalitarian China, the band wore black suits, similar to the Chinese ones, and the tour program it was made in such a way that it resembled quotations from Mao Tse-tung's 1966 book.

The booklet showed Gabriel's head superimposed on those of other individuals and ads in Chinese newspapers, political posters and comic books.

These images of the Tour Program are taken from Ebay.

Peter Gabriel - Melt

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary, Peter Gabriel released this rare 'Games Without Frontiers' movie recorded live in Buenos Aires in 2009.

On May 28, 2020, Peter released this video which takes up an interview made in 2002 for the release of the re-mastered CD. Gabriel talks about the realization of his third self-titled album, called melt because of the iconic cover image, created by Storm Thorgerson of Studio Hipgnosis.

And here are 10 reasons to listen to this album again.

1. It 's Gabriel' s album with a lot of studs prestigious guests, like the manufacturer Steve Lillywhite and the guitarist Dave gregory (I Don't Remember e Family Snapshot) of XTC, the beginning of the long collaboration with David Rhodes, the old friend Phil Collins and the percussionist Morris Pert (Intruder e No Self Control), the new employee Kate Bush (No Self Control e Games Without Frontiers), the English saxophonist Dick Morissey (Start), Paul Weller, then leader of the Hours (And Through The Wire).

2. For the first time Peter used the drum machine (Games Without Frontiers e Biko, in particular) and has experienced that particular sound on drums, with the gated reverb, that characterizes Intruder, used the year after by Phil Collins for In The Air Tonight. A sound that has become a standard model for much of the English pop of the eighties.

3. Phil Collins was initially skeptical about the idea of ​​not using dishes at all. But Peter was immovable, since he could take advantage of the high tones with a whole new set of sounds, a variety of fields to explore. Paradoxically, Gabriel was accused of plagiarizing Collins when In The Air Tonight has had worldwide success.

4. Gabriel was one of the first musicians to use the Fairlight, a revolutionary synthesizer that sampled natural sounds. Peter even became its distributor in England, in partnership with a cousin. In the disc we also find new sounds for the rock groove (post-progressive) in which it is still located, such as the xylophone (Intruder), the sax (Start), the marimba (No Self Control e Lead A Normal Life), the bagpipes, the drums surdu and original South African choirs (Biko).

5. Family Snapshot is inspired by the book An Assassin's Diary (A diary of a murderer) by Arthur Bremer, a text that also inspired the screenwriter of the film Taxi Driver di Martin Scorsese. But another book, Dispatches, whose photos suggested some verses to Gabriel Games Without Frontiers, created quite a few censorship issues with the BBC.

6. The album seems to have a common thread of psychological deviance, addressing issues like it stalking (Intruder), schizophrenia and paranoia (No Self Control), removal (I Don't Remember), bad media influence (Family Snapshot), the absence of communication (And Through The Wire), mental illness (Lead A Normal Life). But the "political" aspect is also important. Peter takes a stand against the war (Games Without Frontiers), fear of the "other" (Not One Of Us), L 'apartheid (Biko).

7. Davide Castellini in The songs of Peter Gabriel, Editori Riuniti, points out that there are many negative expressions in titles and texts (No., no, Note, never without). Peter himself had noticed, so much so that, always quoted by Castellini, he was afraid of "turn the album into a sermon to a child, full of not doing this, not doing that".

8. Gabriel was unsure whether to publish or not Biko in the disc. Despite his sincerity towards the topic, he feared that he was not a valid voice for a cause so geographically and socially distant from him. In addition, the story of Steven Biko had already been told in various songs, including A Motor Bike In Africa di Peter Hammill, his friend, collaborator, and neighbor in Bath.

9. Biko is then inserted in the album at the insistence of his friend Tom Robinson. "It was a keystone in my career as a musician and lyricist", says Gabriel, quoted by Mario Giammetti in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Editions sign. Indeed, Peter's journey towards the commitment to civil rights begins, which will see him in all the events that the world of music will organize to raise awareness of the planet.

10. For the cover, fourth and final collaboration with the Hipgnosis studio and its founder Storm Thorgerson. Through the technique called Krimsography, invented by the American Les Krim, a Polaroid with the portrait of Peter is manipulated with an eraser on the still fresh emulsion. And the effect melt, in fact, which gives the album the informal title, it's done.

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Peter Gabriel - Melt

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50 years ago Phil Collins began rehearsals with Genesis, August 29, 1970 - PODCAST & RICORDI

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In late August 1970 Genesis began rehearsing with their new drummer: Phil Collins. Here is the story of those summer days.

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As we have seen, on August 8, 1970 a phone call extended the life of the Genesis, who, after the farewell of Anthony Phillips, already seemed close to the end. READ THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO ON THOSE SUMMER DAYS.

"Hello Phil? I'm Peter Gabriel. That of Genesis. The place is yours, if you want it ».

In the previous days Phil Collins has supported an "audition" with Genesis, after replying to their announcement.

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The band was very close to breaking up, because Anthony Phillips left the adventure companions and they also decided to replace John Mayhew, the current drummer.

A few days after the call, Genesis and Phil Collins meet in Tony Stratton-Smith's office at Charisma in Soho. Phil recounts in his autobiography:

"The meeting is fine. I especially like the part where I find out that Genesis have a weekly wage of ten pounds, because it doubles the level of income I'm used to."

But there is also bad news: Tony, Mike and Peter plan to take a two week vacation. Collins hoped to get started right away and not just out of enthusiasm. He needs money.

And so, as he always reveals in his autobiography, Phil starts painting as a painter for two weeks.

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On August 24, Peter, Mike and Tony return from vacation. Rehearsals can begin and therefore Phil's new employment, although the band has yet to honor some dates in the old lineup, such as the legendary Marquee Club.

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Since they all live in the parts of Surrey and Collins in the west suburbs of London, Mike invites him to stay at his home in Farnham. Phil tells:

"It's another great house, albeit with a very warm and easy-going atmosphere. I happily take my leave of London and move to Mike (...) I like to live at Mike's parents' house. At breakfast there are hard-boiled eggs and there is always something that cooks on cheap cooking ".

The evidence for the new Genesis lineup takes place in Maltings, a agricultural complex in Farnham, in fact. Again the autobiography of Phil:

"The rest of my life begins with the first rehearsals of the new Genesis formation in September 1970, in the environment covered with pigeon guano of Maltings, an old agricultural complex in Farnham. We assemble the equipment and start playing with what I would describe a confused enthusiasm: various friends of Peter, Tony and Mike come to visit us from the private school, I discover new exotic foods such as Marmite and tahina, and often everything is wrapped in the sweet smell of the grass ".

In addition to the various friends of the Charterhouse, who come to see them, hit Phil is lwith constant presence of Richard MacPhail. Remember Phil:

"He had been the singer of Anon, one of the pre-Genesis groups at the Charterhouse. He is the road manager and sound technician, as well as a great reed smoker. Maybe he has no choice, since he sleeps in Maltings, sharing the berth with the pigeons and their guano, and watching the instruments. He is the one who introduces me to the pleasure of listening to headphones from smoke. "Déjà Vu" by Crosby, Stills & Nash has just come out and Richard brings the disc, prepares a gigantic rod and urges me and Mike to immerse ourselves in the majestic sound harmonies of Carry On. It's not quite like kicking open the doors of perception, but at least I knock on it gently. "

Maltings is a very comfortable old barn here the new Genesis are comfortable playing, improvising. And here they prepare future concerts with the new lineup. The atmosphere is apparently relaxed, though in its own autobiography, The Living Years, Mike Rutherford underlines the differences between them:

"We and Phil did not live on the same planet. He always had the carefree attitude of a boy next door: we go to the bar to have a drink, tell a joke, smoke a cigarette or a joint. Life is beautiful. And I think that one of the reasons Pete liked it was because Phil didn't have our background, he didn't come from a narrow and limited world like us. Pete was less rigid than me and Tony, much more inclined to emotions and feelings; much more curious towards the world in general. "

E Phil reveals that:

"In any case, the customs learned at school are hard to die, and the social hierarchy is soon evident. No wonder: I am the last."

Even if it is not only to "contrast" with the three, because with them there is another guitarist, Mick Barnard. We have seen that after the farewell of Anthony Phillips and then with the arrival of Phil, the Genesis have continued as a quartet, without guitarist, with Tony playing all the guitar parts on an electric piano Hohner filtered with a fuzz box. Then they found Mick, but he is not the right person and the search for a guitarist continues.

One time, scrolling the Melody Maker, find the announcement of Steve Hackett.

But that's another story.

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Peter Gabriel to the newspapers: “I leave Genesis”, August 16, 1975 - PODCAST & RICORDI

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On August 16, 1975, the newspapers published a statement by Peter Gabriel, who made his decision to leave the band known.

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Here it is in its original version:

I had a dream, eye's dream. Then I had another dream with the body and soul of a rock star. When it didn't feel good I packed it in. Looking back for the musical and non-musical reasons, this is what I came up with:

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The vehicle we had built as a co-op to serve our songwriting became our master and had cooped us up inside the success we had wanted. It affected the attitudes and the spirit of the whole band. The music had not dried up and I still respect the other musicians, but our roles had set in hard. To get an idea through "Genesis the Big" meant shifting a lot more concrete than before. For any band, transferring the heart from idealistic enthusiasm to professionalism is a difficult operation. I believe the use of sound and visual images can be developed to do much more than we have done. But on a large scale it needs one clear and coherent direction, which our pseudo-democratic committee system could not provide. As an artist, I need to absorb a wide variety of experiences. It is difficult to respond to intuition and impulse within the long-term planning that the band needed. I felt I should look at / learn about / develop myself, my creative bits and pieces and pick up on a lot of work going on outside music. Even the hidden delights of vegetable growing and community living are beginning to reveal their secrets. I could not expect the band to tie in their schedules with my bondage to cabbages. The increase in money and power, if I had stayed, would have anchored me to the spotlights. It was important to me to give space to my family, which I wanted to hold together, and to release the daddy in me. Although I have seen and learned a great deal in the last seven years, I found I had begun to look at things as the famous Gabriel, despite hiding my occupation whenever possible, hitching lifts, etc. I had begun to think in business terms; very useful for an often bitten once shy musician, but treating records and audiences as money was taking me away from them. When performing, there were less shivers up and down the spine. I believe the world has soon to go through a difficult period of changes. I'm excited by some of the areas coming through to the surface which seem to have been hidden away in people's minds. I want to explore and be prepared to be open and flexible enough to respond, not tied in to the old hierarchy. Much of my psyche's ambitions as "Gabriel archetypal rock star" have been fulfilled - a lot of the ego-gratification and the need to attract young ladies, perhaps the result of frequent rejection as "Gabriel acne-struck public school boy". However, I can still get off playing the star game once in a while. My future within music, if it exists, will be in as many situations as possible. It's good to see a growing number of artists breaking down the pigeonholes. This is the difference between the profitable, compartmentalized, battery chicken and the free-range. Why did the chicken cross the road anyway? There is no animosity between myself and the band or management. The decision had been made some time ago and we have talked about our new direction. The reason why my leaving was not announced earlier was because I had been asked to delay until they had found a replacement to plug up the hole. It is not impossible that some of them might work with me on other projects. The following guesswork has little in common with truth: Gabriel left Genesis. 1) To work in theater. 2) To make more money as a solo artist. 3) To do a "Bowie". 4) To do a "Ferry". 5) To do a "Furry Boa round my neck and hang myself with it". 6) To go see an institution. 7) To go senile in the sticks. I do not express myself adequately in interviews and I felt I owed it to the people who have put a lot of love and energy supporting the band to give an accurate picture of my reasons.

Newspapers publish the letter delivered by hand in the editorial offices.

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Peter has already informed his teammates of his decision to leave the band on November 25, 1974 all 'Swingos hotels Cleveland, USA, among the first stops of the tour. LISTEN TO THAT CONCERT:

The band is first incredulous, then bewildered, then worried about their future.

Also there is a demanding tour to carry on, with songs little known by the public - the lineup provides everything The Lamb, released only a few days before + two encore: The Musical Box e Watcher Of The Skies, sometimes replaced by The Knife - and the fear that Peter's abandonment could leak out and cause a crash in ticket sales.

Here is thelast recording of a concert in Peter Gabriel's Genesis. The final concert of 4 May 22 precedes by 1975 days:

On August 26, therefore, Genesis are forced to release an official statement, to supplement that of Peter. In this they write that the band is looking for a new singer, who is composing a new album and will soon start recording it. The disc will be released at Christmas and the tour will start at the beginning of the new year.

The news causes one shock in the music world and the media begin to give up the Genesis experience. But, as Gail Colson says, his close collaborator for years,

"Tony Stratton-Smith (founder and manager of Charisma Records Editor's note) was the only one who believed in them 100% and predicted that they would have grown even bigger without Peter. He always said that as long as there were Tony Banks and his tunes, then there were Genesis. "From: Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, di Daryl Easlea.

Stratt seems to be right. A Trick Of Th Tail, first album without Gabriel and with Phil Collins singer, released in March 1976, sells more than previous records and paves the way for success for Genesis and a career far from the end. Though for millions of fans the band without Gabriel is no longer theirs.

Peter currently retires to private life, although, as we know, not definitively. But that's another story.

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Genesis: the summer encore in Italy, August 1972 - PODCAST, VIDEO & RICORDI

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After their debut in Italy, in April 1972, Genesis return to our country in August. Here are the stages with memories, sounds and images of that historical adventure.

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The summer part in Italy of Nursery Cryme Tour it starts with a few hitches. Indeed, skip the Rimini date, scheduled for 14 August and postponed to 23, because of delay caused by customs controls a bit slow in mid-August.

And probably for the same reason it comes also canceled the date of Fano (Pesaro) scheduled for 16. For an accurate reconstruction of these events, read Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo.

And also the location of the concert on August 18th it is not the original one. In fact, programmed at Dancing Rose Lake of Arquà Petrarca (Padua), the live instead takes place at the sports field of Feltre (Belluno). An apparently unexplained variation, although some say it was due to accidents that occurred a few days earlier during a Van der Graaf Generator concert.

But even here the concert was in doubt until the last minute due to the uncertain weather. But then Genesis can finally perform. Here is the registration:

This is Piero Gai's story on Horizons Radio:

"Unfortunately, even though it happened 800 meters from my home, I had to collect the information since I was too young to go there.
In the afternoon, there was also time for a mixed team soccer match between those present and them, with a recovery ball and using one of the gates of the field. After hitting the net several times, Peter he threw the microphone stand still on the poor net, which retaliated by tangling around it. It took good and good to recover it.
The intro of "Watcher of the skies"in the neighboring civil hospital (a few meters away) caused a flee from staff and relatives of the sick, given that the rumble that preceded the earthquake was thought of.
Last thing, but I was unable to verify it. For the problems that occurred during the concert, Peter had the money returned to those present. To some, he handed them over in person. "

So he remembers it Belluno drummer Franco De Poli to the Gazzettino del Nordest and mentioned by Rael Matrix in Genesis Forum Italy:

"He was at the sports field, with the lawn covered with sheets of panforte and in the middle of the field a kind of wooden house with a cellophane roof that was the stage with the Genesis instruments inside, with the Mellotron already on because it needed to warm up. In all we would have been two hundred. about twenty arrived from Belluno, ten from Feltre, the rest from all over the Veneto. Seeing them in that poor situation ... it's wonderful to remember. Gabriel had already kidnapped his forehead, put on his eyes, still didn't use masks ... and in the crescendo of "Musical Box", the stage was six meters from the net that divided it from the audience, it began to run towards us and to give big hits to the net with the microphone boom. Many ran away frightened! I remember they did everything"Nursery Crime", two tracks from"Foxtrot"and a preview of" Selling England By The Pound ".

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In Marina di Ravenna, on August 19th, there are two shows and in the afternoon Genesis perform for the first time (they will do it again in Genoa three days later) Seven Stones.

Unfortunately there are no audio or video testimonials, but some interviews and some anecdotes are reported in the book Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo.

Double concert also at Piper 2000 in Viareggio, on 20 August, at 18 and 21. The evening one has an encore that is most likely only offered on this occasion: Harold The Barrel.

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An appointment masterfully described by Silvano Martini in its Blog "Last Music Rebel", where he narrates both evenings as a front row spectator and also an off-stage background. READ THE ARTICLE BY SILVANO MARTINI

The excerpts from Foxtrot, album in the recording phase and expressly mentioned during the concert, they are now in the final version, with some exceptions, as the book recalls Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo, where other anecdotes of this date are told.

August 21. The Albenga concert, the first of the two in Liguria, has no musical recordings either memorabilia to show off. But the reported testimonials of the excellent Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo, they tell of a Palasport that is actually a bowler, complete with screams from the players, a few hundred people and use of pyrotechnic material, never used before.

Almost 900 people are part of the audience of the Genesis concert at the Alcione Theater in Genoa, one of the major audiences on this tour.

Here the audio recording of the evening of 22 August (not integral):

And some moments of the concert, the presentation of Can-utility And The Coastliners:

And the absolute rarity, the execution of Seven Stones, never recorded live in other concerts, instead of Get'em Out By Friday:

The concert is open by the Milanese group Jumbo and the Neapolitans Osanna, whose singer and keyboard player Lino Vairetti said:

"I remember that Peter was particularly impressed by our disguises and by the fact that we went on stage with painted faces and when two years later at the concert in Naples I saw Gabriel's masks I thought that perhaps he had at least partly taken inspiration from us". (from Dusk of April 28, 1999, quoted in: Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo)

And here is the memory of Nanni Iguera on Horizons Radio:

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Some two concerts in Rimini, stage moved from 14 to 23 August for customs problems entering Italy, only a few photos taken by Giorgio Tagliabue remain - WATCH THEM up Genesis The Movement and by Armando Gallo - LOOK at her books.

Rimini, La Locanda del Lupo, where Genesis performed on August 23, 1972.

Too bad there are no audio recordings, since at the end of the concert, together with the Osanna shoulder group, Genesis (or rather, three of them) they improvised one jam session, as he tells in detail and with various testimonies of the protagonists Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Perfume.

Enrico Paganelli's story on Horizons Radio:

«I attended the Genesis afternoon concert at the" Locanda del Lupo ". Unfortunately I lost the 90-inch cassette on which I recorded the first 45 minutes.

In the afternoon the Hosannas did not open. At first Gabriel (with silver mask and shaved forehead, said in good Italian "We have trouble with electricity" and Phil Collins started "Volare", then set the pace for Peter Gabriel for "Let's Twist Again".

Finally "Watcher of the Skies" started. The concert ended with a magnesium flash that left me blind for a few seconds, I think during "The Knife". "

The stage of Travagliato, perhaps on August 24, marks the end of the two Italian forays of the Genesis in theirs Nursery Cryme Tour. But the proof that this concert really took place lies in the research carried out by Mino Profumo in the archives of the Giornale di Brescia, where he found two advertising boxes on 20 and 24 August and re-published on Genesis in Italy. The concerts 1972-1975.

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Also there is the testimony on metallized.it by Richard Milella, present at the first concert in Travagliato on April 16th.

About the execution of Watcher Of The Skies, Milella can only refer to August, the period in which the song is permanently inserted in the lineup already in the form that will see him open the upcoming Foxtrot, while in April, as is known, the song is in the process of gestation during the Italian tour. Here is what he writes:

"Peter speaks in his language but makes it clear that he will now perform a song recorded a few days ago and that it will be released on the next LP entitled Foxtrot. I remember the song very well because it moved us all from the first listening with its majestic gait between the keys of the Hammond: Watcher of the Skies it is a milestone and Gabriel also played it theatrically crouching in the chiaroscuro of the organ and literally jumping high in the orchestral explosions.
Some literature says that the song was conceived during this first tour in our house; wrong, when they performed it on Italian dates it was already so beautiful, so complete and so arranged as to certify a painstaking preparation even if on disc it will actually come out months later. "

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