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Video Memories: "Defector" is 40 years old, the memory of Steve Hackett - VIDEO

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Defector it is Steve Hackett's fourth studio album, released on June 13, 1980 with Charisma Records.

In this video Steve recalls the main moments of the composition and recording of the album:

Her previous album, Spectral Mornings it had been his best seller. Hackett wanted to capitalize on the commercial momentum, trying new material with his band on tour before recording it in the studio.

After the Spectral Mornings tour, in fact, Hackett brought his band to Wessex Sound Studios in Highbury, north London, to record the album.

Defector is Hackett's album which reached the highest point in the UK Albums Chart, placing at n. 9.

"The Show" was released as a single. Here is the official video:

Many fans consider this to be the last album of his classic solo period. Indeed, after its release, Hackett became increasingly aware of the musical direction of his previous albums and pointed to a turning point in the next.

In 2005, Defector has been remastered to Virgin Records. The new edition features updated cover notes and five bonus tracks.

A surround mix was included in the box set "Premonitions: The Charisma Recordings 1975–1983".

Track list

All tracks were written by Steve Hackett, except where indicated.

Side 1

"The Steppes" - 6:05
"Time to Get Out" - 4:11
"Slogans" - 3:46
"Leaving" - 3:16

"Two Vamps as Guests" - 1:58

Side 2

"Jacuzzi" - 4:36
"Hammer in the Sand" - 3:11
"The Toast" - 3:42

"The Show" - 3:40

"Sentimental Institution" (Steve Hackett, Peter Hicks) - 2:44

2005 Remaster Bonus Tracks

"Hercules Unchained" (B-side of "The Show") (Steve Hackett, Peter Hicks) - 2:44
"Sentimental Institution" (Live at the Theater Royal, Drury Lane) (Steve Hackett, Peter Hicks) - 3:02 am
"The Steppes" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 6:33
"Slogans" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 4:19
"Clocks - The Angel of Mons" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 5:54
2016 Remaster Bonus Tracks and DVD - New Pseudo 5.1 Surround Sound Up-mix From The Original Stereo Master Tapes

"The Air Conditioned Nightmare" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 4:42
"Every Day" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 6:48
"Ace Of Wands" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 6:45 am
"Funny Feeling" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 4:17
"The Steppes" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 6:12
"Overnight Sleeper" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 4:52
"Slogans" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 4:42
"The Tower Struck Down" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 3:13
"Spectral Mornings" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 6am
"The Show" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 4:32
"Clocks - The Angel Of Mons" (Live at the Reading Festival) - 6:05 am

Steve celebrates 40 years of DEFECTOR, playing the key pieces of his album. In this video he tells the emotion of taking him on tour:

Musicians

Steve Hackett - electric and acoustic guitars, voices in "Time to Get Out, The Toast", backing vocals on "Leaving, The Show", Optigan in "Sentimental Institution", Roland GR-500 guitar synthesizer
Pete Hicks - lead vocal on "Time To Get Out, Leaving, The Toast, The Show", backing vocals on "Sentimental Institution"
Dik Cadbury - bass, Moog Taurus bass pedals, backing vocals in "Time To Get Out, Leaving, The Toast, The Show"
Nick Magnus - keyboards, Prophet 5, Clavinet, Fender Rhodes & RMI electric piano, Novatron, Vox String Thing, Minimoog, Roland SH-2000, Roland Vp-330 Vocoder in "Slogans", Piano in "Hammer In The Sand"
John Hackett - flutes
John Shearer - drums, percussion

PRODUCTION

Steve Hackett - production
John Acock - production
Jed and Vince - organization
Kim Poor - interior and cover paintings, enamels, cover design

Kim and Kobz - cover design
Danny Padova - inside cover
Armando Gallo - photo collage
Gered Mankowitz - photo collage

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Video Memories: Genesis, "Invisible Touch" was released in the USA on June 6, 1986 - AUDIO & VIDEO

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Genesis' thirteenth studio album "Invisible Touch" was released first in the US on June 6, 1986, then in the UK and the rest of the world on June 9.

The album has reached the number one on the UK album chart for three weeks starting June 21 and has reached number 3 on the US Billboard 200.

Chart (1986–87) Peak position (by Wikipedia )
Australian Kent Music Report 3
Austrian Albums Chart 5
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 1
Dutch Mega Albums Chart 2
Finnish Albums Chart 2
French SNEP Albums Chart 8
Italian Albums Chart 5
Japanese Oricon LP Chart 14
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian VG-list Albums Chart 3
Spanish Albums Chart 26
Swedish Albums Chart 4
Swiss Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 3
West German Albums Chart 2

Genesis have become the first band ever to stay on the singles charts for a whole year with songs from the same album, "Invisible Touch", in fact.

Singles from Invisible Touch:

"Invisible Touch"
Released: May 19, 1986

"In Too Deep"
Released: 18 August 1986 (UK)
January 18, 1987 (US)

"Land of Confusion"
Released: 10 November 1986 (UK)
October 31, 1986 (US)

"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"
Released: March 23, 1987

"Throwing It All Away"
Released: June 8, 1987 (UK)
August 8, 1986 (US)

All the Wembley concert:

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Peter Gabriel, 40 YEARS of "PG3 - Melt", released May 30, 1980 - SPECIAL

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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 Operational (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, the album "So" was released on May 19, 1986

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Birthday of So, the album which, released on May 19, 1986, gave Peter Gabriel total worldwide success, not yet arrived with the first four discs.

Here are 10 elements that recount Peter's turning point.


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by Eugenio Delmale

1. After four albums in which all the cymbals were often banned, Red Rain, which opens So, begins with a surprising reintroduction of unused "metals". A significant break with the past, perhaps to show that the author is a new Peter Gabriel. The first sound of the song, in fact, is that of charleston and the dishes of Stewart Copeland to the Police, one of the many illustrious collaborators of this album.

2. Hard to believe, but Sledgehammer it was included in the album only at the last moment and it was born almost by chance, from an idea that ran in Peter's head, but that had not yet been developed, even if the recordings of the album were almost completed. The rhythm section was born first, created by the new drummer Manu Katché and Tony Levin on bass, then Daniel Lanois' guitar (another novelty, above all as a producer), and finally the wind section of the Memphis Horns. The title derives from the building-type metaphors used by Gabriel and Lanois in the recording room. The single comes fourth in the UK and first in the USA, undermining its own Invisible Touch of the Genesis. And the video of the song is record-breaking. Read the Horizons Radio article HERE.

3. Report Mario Giammetti (in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Ed. Sign), that the characteristic bass sound of Tony Levin in Don't Give Up, derives from the use of his daughter's diapers, to obtain that muffled tone. The female voice had to be initially that of Dolly Parton, American country star, who does not accept. So Gabriel turns to Kate Bush, remaining very satisfied. Although, writes Gabriel in the album's liner notes, the roots remain "gospel / country (...) in Richard Tee's fantastic way of playing the piano. "This hymn to overcoming obstacles has helped many people." Gabriel said that a well-known rock star and a comic actor both confessed that the song convinced them to give up suicide. "(Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana)

4. Unusually the text of That Voice Again it is written together with David Rhodes, who, with Gabriel and Lanois, is the third main author of the album. A solution that the Canadian producer had to resort to, given that Peter did not decide to complete the lyrics of the song. It is possible that Gabriel could not go on for the theme of the song, which refers to his conjugal crisis of the moment with Jill. After 10 years ("not to create connections with Genesis", he told the Italian magazine Hello 2001), the 12-string guitar played by Lanois returns to the music of the singer. As rarely happens, the song begins with the refrain.

5. In Your Eyes sees the participation of various choristers including Jim Kerr of Simple Minds and above all the Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour, who sings in the language here Wolof. It is probably a declaration of love for Rosanna Arquette, the American actress known on the evening of the concert Six of the Best (read and listen to the Horizons Radio special). In crisis with Jill for years, Peter had a strange relationship with her. It is certainly the first direct love song composed by Gabriel in his solo career. And to say that it was initially titled Sagrada Familia and was inspired by the Cathedral of Barcelona and its creator, Antoni Gaudi.

6. Various overdubbed Peter voices contribute to the touching beauty of Mercy Street. Among these, a particularly low one was recorded at seven in the morning, to obtain a natural gloom. The percussion is by the Brazilian Djalma Correa, recorded by Gabriel in Rio de Janeiro. The wonderful bass work is by Larry Klein. Although officially inspired by the almost homonymous work of the American poet Anne Sexton, Mario Giammetti (in Peter Gabriel. Not one of us, Ed. Sign) reports an episode, told by Gabriel himself, which may have influenced the text: a makeshift landing, just of the flight to Brazil, taken to meet Correa.

7. A first version of Big Time, with the title Success had been recorded in the days of Security. Third single of the album, it reached the eighth place in the chart in the United States, where they appreciated the funky atmosphere of the song and its philosophy, so close to the American dream, even if declined with irony. Fundamental in the passage is the drumstick bass guitar, played by Tony Levin, who presses the strings, and by Jerry Marotta, who strikes them, obtaining that characteristic sound of the rhythmic part, combined with the Stewart Copeland drums.

8. Originally recorded for melt, then candidate to join Security, We Do What We're Told (Milgram's 37) it's different from the other tracks on the record, since it comes from musically remote times for Peter. Played on tour since 1980, in fact, it was an old acquaintance of the fans of the first hour. "He's there to show his new audience that if Gabriel wanted it it could still be disturbing and disturbing." (Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana). The text is notoriously based on an experiment that scientifically demonstrated the Nazi "banality of evil", a theme also used by the Genesis in the passage Just A Job To Do (Album genesis).

9. The vinyl ends with Milgram, but not the cassette and CD versions, closed by This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds) - and, in remastering, from In Your Eyes -, variations dictated by Gabriel's obsession with the sequence of the songs and the good mix of tails and attacks of the same. To insert This Is The Picture it was a singular choice, given that, composed with Laurie Andersonwas already part of the American artist's album two years earlier Mister Heartbreak, in a different version and with the title Excellent Birds. Gabriel wanted it fearing that he did not have enough material, other oddities, since he had already complete and unpublished songs such as Don't Break This Rhythm o curtains, which instead will become the B side of the singles Sledgehammer e Big Time.

10. Finally the cover and the title So. Surprisingly, the album comes with an outwardly normal packaging, with a beautiful portrait of Peter made by Trevor Key and none of the formal oddities present in the previous ones. Furthermore, for the first time Peter decides to use a title. Magazine Rolling Stone asked why. "The new album has a universal title, - replies Gabriel -, so people will not risk buying the same record twice. I am very happy to have done it, because it is in line with the small change in style; I wanted the album was elementary, alive, natural ". (Cit. In Daryl Easlea, Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, Ed. Arcana). The video of Sledgehammer, the subject of another, contributed to the great success of the album Horizons Radio article - READ IT HERE. that's how Stephen R. Johnson and Peter Gabriel have accomplished this and subsequent ones.

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Video Memories: Happy Birthday Bill Bruford - CONCERTS with GENESIS

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William Scott Bruford, was born on May 17, 1949:

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Video Memories: Phil Collins's "In The Air Tonight" video reaches 100 million views, 11 May 2010

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"In The Air Tonight"by Phil Collins, the video reaches 100 million views on May 11, 2010:

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
Can you feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well if you told me you were drowning, I would not lend a hand
I've seen your face before my friend, but I don't know if you know who I am
Well I was there and I saw what you did, I saw it with my own two eyes
So you can wipe off that grin, I know where you've been
It's all been a pack of lies
And I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I remember, I remember, don't worry, how could I ever forget
It's the first time, the last time we ever met
But I know the reason why you keep your silence up, oh no you don't fool me
Well the hurt doesn't show, but the pain still grows
It's no stranger to you and me
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
Well been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord
And I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord
I can feel it in the air tonight, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord
Well I've been waiting for this moment for all my life, oh Lord, oh Lord, oh Lord

In the Air Tonight
Released on 5/1/1981

From: Face Value
Released on 6/2/1981

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A midsummer night's dream: Genesis in Genoa on August 22, 1972 at the Teatro Alcione

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We receive and gladly publish the memory of Nanni Iguera, who recalls that magical night of over forty-seven years ago.

I was, as they say, an eighteen year old young man with high hopes that he would was preparing to face the last school year, that of high school.

But this mattered very little that evening: there were still forty days left before school, we were in midsummer and Genoa lived the happy season of concerts.

In the previous twelve months I had I could see COLOSSEUM and EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER "live" at the Palasport. At the theatre Alcione I had already seen AUDIENCE, RENAISSANCE, SOFT MACHINE, VAN DER GRAAF, AMAZING BLONDEL, COVENANT: a real treat !!

At the time I lived about a kilometer from the Alcione Theater, a stretch that I had walked along the Bisagno river with two friends in a semi-deserted city.

But at about 21 pm in Via Canevari here is a large group of kids queuing to enter with their ticket in hand; GENESIS on the bill (JUMBO and OSANNA opener).

I remember that i GENESIS were supported by the most popular musical periodical of the time (CIAO 2001) and theirs NURSERY CRIME disc, with the beautiful gatefold cover and the designs of Paul Whitehead, it had represented a breath of fresh air compared to the period music scene and ai hard or heavy groups such as LED ZEPPELIN, DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH.

I had purchased NURSERY CRIME just released, at the end of 1971 and now I knew the pieces well; for against I did not know TRESPASS and I was unaware of the existence of the very first record.

Anyway here we are inside the Alcione Theater crammed like sardines, with at least a thousand people.

We are centrally located in the 4th row. The concert starts at around 21.30 pm. I remember very little of the first group, who sustained a short set of about half an hour; regarding OSANNA remember that they also made a short set consisting of pieces from their first LP "L'UOMO", which I purchased and appreciated only many years later.

Finally well past the hours 22 here are the GENESIS. I remember a set of about an hour with PETER GABRIEL few central frontman meters in front of me: a charismatic presence, a great interpretative capacity of the pieces voice and flute, an unusual gesture for the time.

On the right at the TONY BANKS keyboards. on the background to drums and choirs PHIL COLLINS. On the left seated respectively MIKE RUTHERFORD and STEVE HACKETT.

I remember well that the exuberance and theatricality of GABRIEL the concentrated immobility of the other four acted as a counterpoint: a true bricklayer in scene assisted by four wingmen.

About music using the bootleg "ALONE WITHIN a STORM" I could remember who performed four pieces from NURSERY CRIME (I remembered my favorites: THE MUSICAL BOX, THE RETURN OF THE GIANT HOGWEED, THE FOUNTAIN OF SALMACIS while I didn't remember the execution of SEVEN STONES).

I also learned that four played pieces that I didn't know at the time: WATCHER OF THE SKIES, CAN UTILITY AND THE
COASTLINERS taken from FOXTROT, a record that was in production and would be released in October 1972, TWLIGHT ALEHOUSE never published on vinyl and therefore, in closing THE KNIFE taken from TRESPASS.

The only curiosity concerns the fact that I seem to remember enough
also clearly GET'EM OUT BY FRIDAY but the CD support denies me.

I don't want to express judgments of a technical or artistic nature on the group: they were simply i GENESIS featuring PETER GABRIEL with their strengths and weaknesses and that's enough.

We leave the criticism of critics; history has already given its judgment. GENESIS are now part of history of music and I'm not just a side note.

Of course a great audience success and thunderous applause while PHIL COLLINS with a head towel came out to take the battery apart, which was unthinkable today.

What can I add? This concert reinforces my belief that PETER GABRIEL were the true strength of the GENESIS. His exit from the group remains one of the most mysteries unexplained in the history of rock and I think that GENESIS and GABRIEL himself artistically have been severely penalized by the breakout of the singer.

However, another concert had gone on file: in the autumn INCREDIBLE would arrive STRING BAND, GENTLE GIANT, AREA and then NUCLEUS, PERIGEO, JOHN MAYALL, for a golden musical season that seemed to never end and unfortunately ended instead.

The magic moment dissolved in 1975. My musical interests shifted to the blues, to the jazz and therefore on free jazz to the great disappointment of my neighbors who, on my day transfer to Sant'Olcese in 1980 ironically asked me for confirmation: sorry Nanni, yours you bring free jazz records with you, don't you?

The old Alcione Theater, which had now become a center of cultural aggregation and musical for the city, it returned to being a second vision cinema and later also hosted low lineage events on which it is better to fly.

However, the memory of that beautiful remains era, happy and carefree, where it seemed that music could affect a woman's costumes society and perhaps in part, who knows, did it.

However 48 years later we are still here; we listen to the infinite reprints with avalanches of bonus tracks, let's rediscover the old vinyls and enthusiasm for great music, including Genesis of course, luckily it remains intact.

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Genesis: the first tour in Italy, 6 - 19 April 1972 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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April 1972, the Genesis debut in Italy, the country that first understood their music. Here are the stages with memories, sounds and images of that historical adventure.

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First stop: on April 6, 1972 in Adria in the province of Rovigo, in front of, it seems, just over a hundred people.

Hello 2001, the weekly-bible of those years states that the concert, part of the Nursery Cryme Tours, would have taken place in Belluno.

But the proof that it is in Adria is this (click to enlarge the image):

Registered at the Hotel Stella d'Italia in Adria are the Genesis and their collaborators. And here is the photo of the Municipal Theater of Adria where the concert took place:

"We arrived at the place where we had to play around 11 am and we did the sound check calmly, to do it well.

Those places were like cathedrals, you clapped your hands and heard the echo 12 seconds later. Mixing the sound was almost useless, it went by trial and error, but people appreciated the same.

Then we ate. Maurizio always knew where the best restaurants were, so we had a big meal. We quickly learned to eat Italian-style: pasta first, often homemade spaghetti with a delicious sauce, a meat steak, no vegetables, maybe a little salad and then a dessert, like tiramisu. We also discovered fantastic wines, so by the end of lunch, around four in the afternoon, we were absolutely satiated and drunk.

We went back to the hotel, closed the blinds to create complete darkness, collapsed in the bed and slept like a dead man for two hours.

Then we got up and did the concert. Life was beautiful and the arenas were full, 5000 and, in the second tour, 10.000 fans waiting to listen to us ". (From: My Book of Genesis by Richard Macphail. My translation)

"The strange introductory stories full of surreal humor that the frontman tells before the various performances, initially used as a mere filler but which slowly begin to live in their own light, attract the attention of the public at this stage of the band's on stage career. ". (from: Genesis in Italy. The 1972-1975 concerts of Mino Profumo)

The band on Sunday 9, is at Lem Club of San Martino Buon Albergo in the province of Verona, the first date on which the shows are two, at 16, for students, and at 21. Shows dedicated by Peter to the Trieste public , who couldn't see the show, canceled the previous day.

Here is a recording of part of the concert, first audio testimony of the tour:

00:00 - Happy The Man;

03:54 - The Fountain Of Salmacis;

10:59 - One-Handed Drum Solo;

15:15 - Twilight Alehouse;

24:23 - Bye Bye, Johnny (Can-Utility And The Coastliners);

32:23 - The Musical Box (cut).

And here are the covers of two bootleg taken from that concert:

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L'April 11 in Pesaro on stage with Genesis are Premiata Forneria Marconi and Odissea.

A testimony reported by Mino Profumo in Genesis in Italy. The concerts 1972-1975, tells how, during the sound-check in Pesaro, Genesis tried what would later become Watcher Of The SkiesBut with al mellotron not Tony Banks, but even the legendary "handyman" Richard Macphail.

And here's another memory, of Claudio Salvi, published by the Dusk Magazine website:

"Back in 1972 (the year in which Genesis brought their Nursery Cryme around Italy), the band of Gabriel and companions played at the Palasport in Pesaro on April 11th.

As told by my friend Carlo Betti, during the afternoon check sound the imperfect acoustics of the Palazzo dello sport in Via Marconi - which already hosted the games of the current Scavolini Basket - then ended up becoming very impatient Banks. It really was Tony which for more than an hour moved from one side to the other, positioning itself in various parts of the stands of the old hangar (then obtained by means of a dense plot of scaffolding with Innocenti tubulars and wooden boards that could hold up to 5.000 spectators), puffing and cursing for the redundant sound and for an unpleasant echo effect that ended up making the whole sound indistinguishable.

The problems, despite the commitment of Tony, did not resolve in that rehearsal session, but only in the evening with the entrance of the large audience. Pesaro was then included in the large circuit of concerts because then such a Bizzocchi, concert organizer, often flew to Great Britain and visited English clubs and pubs to find new bands. So it was that, thanks to a far-sighted department of culture of the Municipality and to Bizzocchi himself, Gabriel and associates ended up in Pesaro. But in the same year they also did Traffic, the Soft machine, Brian auger he Oblivion Express and others.

Another curious anecdote that my friend Betti has not failed to report on that day with meticulous abundance of details. Immediately after the afternoon check sound (therefore shortly after 19), the "ours", once out, headed on foot together with a group of technicians and a bunch of local organizers and Bizzocchi himself, towards the Pesaro seafront which is just a hundred meters from the Palasport for dinner.

Arrived in the middle of Viale Marconi, where various local companies were stationed, i genesis they noticed some kids (among whom the friends of the aforementioned Betti) who played ball. So it was that Banks, Rutherford e Gabriel they played football for more than ten minutes with those kids who were actually a little surprised by those strange and long-haired guys.

Immediately after the game (Rutherford he also scored a goal in a door between two trees), i genesis they landed at a then famous pizzeria restaurant with a very American and little English name: "Ranch".

It was there that between pizzas and beers and laughter the right climate was created for one of the most beautiful and fascinating concerts ever landed on these shores.
Needless to say, the evening was an incredible success. "

Franz Di Cioccio of PFM, told an anecdote in an interview with Music Around:

"We played with Genesis in Pesaro, it was their first concert in Italy ...

... We met there, then we refreshed when they came to Milan, finally we met when we went to England.

It was like that at the time. Peter Gabriel invited us to his house one afternoon to listen to the music to spend some time together. English tea is an unforgettable experience, they do it with that veil of cream, in the right teapot…. "

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The date of Reggio Emilia on April 12th, is officially considered the birthplace of Watcher Of The Skies.

According to the memories of Hackett and Rutherford, in fact, it was in the Emilian city that practically all was performed during the pre-concert rehearsals.

"In the Palasport of Reggio Emilia, a huge horrible place full of echo, in the middle of the sound check, Tony played those two initial chords on his mellotron. They worked very well even if, even today, I'm not sure how conscious he was of how good they were . " (From The Living Years by Mike Rutherford. My translation)

So we can credit Reggio as a musical home of song Foxtrot, while the text was written by Mike and Tony on the roof of their hotel in Naples a week later.

Read also the SPECIAL OF HORIZONS The places of Genesis: the birth of Watcher Of The Skies in Italy - the MEMORY of the BAND

It reminds Horizons Radio Raimondo Vecchi Fossa: "The stage was facing the high grandstand and not towards the audience as for the other concerts and it surprised me a lot. Gabriel with the rear window of his hair performed as the first song Happy The Man that I had and I still have like 45 laps."

Lon date of April 13, in Cuorgné, in the province of Turin, remains unique and historic on Genesis tours.

Read also the SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO Genesis places: The 2 Rotundas of Cuorgnè, Turin Italy - the MEMORY of RUTHERFORD and EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

Here is the testimony Beppe Crovella audio, Leader of the band of Turin Arts and Crafts - LISTEN:

So remember Mike Rutherford The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir (English Edition, my translation):

"We were playing in the mountains one evening when Tony had food poisoning. We lasted for a while without him, but it was like being in a car that had lost a wheel and we had to finish the set early.

Since we hadn't been able to sell many tickets, the promoter had the excuse that he was looking for not paying. Rich did not want to know about it and was a little aggressive. The promoter had a gun. We weren't paid. "

And here What he told Radio Horizons Pierluigi Gassino, present at the concert:

The concert was interrupted because keyboardist Tony Banks felt bad ... and as a consolation I managed to exchange four words with Phil Collins, while Peter Gabriel had a drink leaning against the bar counter of the disco where they had performed in front of a few of us. .. I remember that then the bassist and the guitarist wandered on stage at the end of the concert collecting some cables and equipment ... all this before becoming rock stars!

My brief dialogue with Phil Collins was due to a fact that made the evening even more bitter for me and my friends because on leaving we could no longer find the car in the parking lot and, having returned to the disco to ask for a ride in order to return home, I meet Phil outside the club who approaches an Alfa model 1750 with a guy who seemed to be the manager at the wheel.

I asked him, gesturing in Anglo-Italian, a passage to Turin, explaining the fact that just happened and the evident difficulty. He told me that they were going to Milan and there was no place, then added that those who had stolen the car were killed by making the gesture of cutting the throat as a joke.

He greeted me, shaking my hand ... beautiful and bitter memory ...!

Su Dusk n ° 55 a detailed reconstruction of the evening by Beppe Crovella (click on the cover to order a copy):

The Beatles and the Genesis in Canavese. History of beat & pop music in Canavese from 1962 to 1974 by Gianpiero Madonna, contains a souvenir of the concert and a profile of the lively music scene of the period in the Canavese area:

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Il 14 April, Genesis are a Pavia.

Here is a fan registration. Precious testimony of that concert - LISTEN:

00:00 - Happy The Man;

05:00 - The Fountain Of Salmacis;

13:34 - Twilight Alehouse;

22:51 - Bye Bye Johnny (Can-Utility And The Coastliners);

31:45 - The Musical Box;

43:12 - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed;

50:33 - The Knife.

Double concert, afternoon and evening. But the second is marred by unrest for the contestation of those who consider the sum of XNUMX lire to be excessive.

A Facebook page is entirely dedicated to the concert:

Here is the memory of two presents taken from the site Genesis The Movement:

"During" The Return Of The Giant Hogweed ", the electricity goes off. Phil Collins played a drum only and when power returned, they didn't restart the song but continued it from the point they left it at." [Matteo]

"The show was one. Absolutely NOT 2 (I was there). The Police arrived when, after 20 mins from the show start, people outside tried to get in without paying. But only 2 cars of Police got only a BIG CLAP from the crowd and people got in ... A bootleg has been released in Italy from that show. A very poor q .ty bootleg, but has been released (NO CD-R). I had a copy in my hand and I sold it to a friend in Miami, USA to make another Silver-CD (NO- CDR too). [Roman] "

Here is a special memory (although in post 1973 it stands for 1972):

Other memories and curiosities in the book by Mino Profumo:

On April 15 problems also in Lugo di Romagna (Ravenna), at the Hit Parade room.

Here are two concerts, afternoon and evening. LISTEN:

00:00 - Happy The Man;
04:04 - Stagnation:
13:44 - The Fountain Of Salmacis;
23:03 - Twilight Alehouse;
31:35 - The Musical Box;
45:04 - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed;
55:17 - The Knife;
01:04:34 - Going Out To Get You.

But just like on the previous date in Pavia, where the beginning was delayed by accidents between the boys and the police, here an important unexpected event comes between the evening concert is even canceled.

The problem was, apparently, a black out the electrical system, caused by a throw of cushions towards the stage, the result of too much enthusiasm of the afternoon audience.

Here is how he remembers it with Horizons Radio Edio Caroli, present at the concert:

"I was in my twenties and Genesis back then was the biggest in the world like the Van Der Graf Generator, which I saw in the same room at that time. I also remember the rudeness of the boys who uprooted the cushions from the armchairs and threw them on stage."

Daniela Carlotti:

"I saw the Lugo concert to August in Marina di Ravenna, I was 16 and in both cases I accompanied my parents (obviously not entered, it is not like now ...). Unfortunately I do not remember almost nothing, not even the throwing pillows spoken of. in Marina di Ravenna saw the concert in the afternoon, I arrived late, I passed Peter & Co. who were there to one meter, on a low platform. I do not remember that there was a lot of people, even in Lugo I would say. However, it was magical, especially in Lugo. I have a tremendous nostalgia, unfortunately. "

On Facebook, other memories:

Yet evidence of

Here are two bootleg Lugo with the concert:

Live in Travagliato (Brescia), with a double concert at the m Supertivoli on April 16th.

Here is the memory of Richard Milella on the site

"The Italy of concerts was as amateurish as could be expected. No professional Service, no backlines and backlights, no spies on stage, no catering, no roadies, no dressing rooms and / or showers, no security, nothing In short, generating sets, nothing at all.

The group arrived with a friend or two in tow a few hours before the show in the same van in which instrumentalists and instruments were piled together which then all unloaded, assembled, tested, adjusted, tuned.

A sandwich, two oranges and off with the concert with the same shirt and jeans of the afternoon. Even for Genesis it went like this, at least at their first drop Italy of rock found itself unprepared to set up performances worthy of the name."

"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 ".

There is some doubt about this second part, since an already completed form of is unlikely Watcher in Travagliato. Perhaps Milella remembers the summer concert, always in the lower Brescia area, even if she does not refer to it. The charm of the mystery envelops this concert of which nothing remains, not even the place, demolished to build a shopping center in 2012 - Read.

This instead the memory of Paolo Burg on Horizons Radio:

"Four of us arrived with a Fiat 600 at" Paradiso "to see them. Disappointment, after an hour we had to give up and go back to Cervignano. I already had" Trespass "at home so I was dying to see them live.
Here the beauty begins! The school I attended in Monfalcone had organized a visit to a factory near Brescia. I get off the bus and find myself in front of the nose a poster with the writing: Dancing Supertivoli, Travagliato, Brescia "Genesis".
Looking for the time of the first evening train to Travagliato and leaving was one.
I still have the concert before my eyes. Unforgettable!"

On April 17th Genesis are live in Siena, at the Palazzetto dello Sport.

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Mario Giammetti in Genesis. The years Prog reports a memory of Tony Banks, which concerns the execution of Watcher Of The Skies:

"In Siena at the Palasport ... even before having recorded it ... the introduction seemed really great in that location with a great echo ..."

On this occasion, the first cover of a Genesis song was made.

Here's how Mino Profumo reported in Genesis in Italy. The concerts 1972-1975:

"In rehearsals Odissea perform a Genesis song in the presence of the same English band in the audience that shows incredulity and lively satisfaction. It is perhaps the first live cover version of a Genesis song. Odissea however decide not to repeat this exploit during the their performance. "

April 18th is the moment of the live at the Piper Club in Rome. A concert of which these remain video, first to show the band on stage and backstage. LOOK:

Double show also in Rome ....

Here is the memory of Mike Rutherford in The living years (Trad. G. Testani ):

"Rome was always a benevolent city for us: that sense of antiquity, history and grandeur was the perfect setting for our music.

In a short time we would have come to play in arenas and stadiums, but at the beginning we performed in small clubs in front of an audience of XNUMX-year-old students.

The shows were held mid-afternoon on Sunday to allow the boys to return home in time to go to bed. "

And here's the one of Phil Collins in No, I'm not dead yet, traduz. A. Mioni, M. Piumini:

"The Italian public is extraordinary. Not only do they adore us, but they really catch our spirit.

They applaud and scream even at the slightest change of atmosphere, something that Genesis often do: we move from a fast pace to a whisper, to a pastoral interlude, without batting an eyelid.

No wonder Italians like us so much: we are an English group that explores the lyrical tradition. "

Bis with Going Out To Get You, as in Lugo di Romagna, performed without Steve Hackett.

Also Richard Macphail in My Book Of Genesis remember with pleasure those Italian days (my translation):

"Being such hardcore fans, the Italians had bought and absorbed all their records; they knew every note and nuance of the songs. It was really extraordinary. We had never experienced anything like this.

I was there at the mixing desk in the audience and everyone was clapping their hands, seeing my kids so understood and appreciated was a wonderful experience. Fans loved everything and rewarded the band with a standing ovation at the end of each show.

This worked wonders for their trust and all five guys, Peter, Mike, Tony, Steve and Phil, never forgot the warmth of their first tour in Italy, or its importance in their development as a band.

I hope we paid our debt of gratitude by sounding good for them. "

More testimonials from Without borders. Life and music of Peter Gabriel, di Daryl Easlea, tcancellation of L. Testani:

"With its strange mechanisms, early afternoon performances and dinners between two shows, all culminating in a concert in Rome (...), Italy marked a decisive step towards the Genesis live act as we know it. Maniacally perfectionist, the group dismantled the performance of the night before piece by piece as they moved to the next city.

"Every time I traveled with them I had to put up with the comments on the concert the night before in the van," smiles Conroy (Paul Conroy, tour road manager, Editor's note). They remained fairly calm as they assessed whether Tony Banks had really gone wrong; they were perfectionists. And during the breaks we listened to the Shadows, inside the van. traveling for four hours from one concert to another ».

"The intent was always to improve," adds Steve Hackett, "which risked making him look like an autopsy!"

«We were sailing on sight. And then here is this little ray of light that comes from Italy ». says Mike Rutherford. «The road was hard, all uphill. Suddenly a country comes out that loves you; nothing else is needed to give you the feeling that it is really worth going on »."

Collector's Corner (click on the covers and buy your copy on Ebay). VINYL:

RARE CD:

With other Italian dates of that tour:

Here are others bootleg from the concert:

Last stop: Genesis are live at the Mediterranean Theater of Naples on April 19th.

A double concert that closes the first part of the Nursery Cryme Tours of Genesis in Italy.

Here is the live audio:

00:00 - Happy The Man;
04:18 - Stagnation;
14:53 - The Fountain Of Salmacis;
23:20 - Twilight Alehouse;
32:14 - The Musical Box;
42:23 - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed;
49:11 - Phil's Solo;
51:24 - The Knife.

A date that will remain in the history of Genesis, because on the roof of the Hotel Domitiana, which houses the band, Mike and Tony write the text of Watcher Of The Skies.

Here is the memory of Tony Banks in Genesis: I Know What I Like di Armando Gallo:

"We were sitting on top of this building, it was a hot sunny day and we were just looking out across a large area of ​​buildings and fields; there was no living soul around.

It seemed that the entire population had just deserted the planet and this is what 'Watcher of the Skies' tells: an alien being who comes to the planet and sees it completely deserted. And so the story unfolds with a little science fiction. I like Arthur Clarke's 'Childhood's End' and books like that. "

And of Mike Rutherford in The living years (Trad. G. Testani):

"Tony and I together wrote the text, sitting on the roof of our hotel in Naples imagining that the world was over. Quite strange, considering it was a pleasantly sunny day."

The song is already being used for the sound check before the concerts. In Naples it is then completed and, as we know, the next Genesis album will open, to be released the following October: Foxtrot.

But in his autobiography, Mike tells another background, which happened in Naples:

"In Naples we discovered another therapeutic pastime ... Concluding a tour with a group fight was a classic. The unusual thing about the quarrel-of-end-tour in Naples was that there was an amusement park just around the corner of the hotel where we slept.

We got to the point of being so fed up with each other that we decided that the only thing to do was to throw ourselves on the bumper car track and bump into each other wildly and repeatedly. I have to say that I have never experienced such an effective way to clarify. "

Read other memories here:

The places of Genesis: the birth of Watcher Of The Skies in Italy - the MEMORY of the BAND

The genesis of the GENESIS

When Naples became the muse of the Genesis

The former Hotel Domitiana, now JFK.

The Italian dates bring further luck to the Genesis, which confirm their success in our country. Not only that, returning home, Steve Hackett will meet Ellen, who will become his first wife and mother of Oliver.

And it does not end here: Genesis will return to Italy in August, For a second part of the tour. But that's another story.

If you remember any of the concerts on this tour, write to Horizons Radio.

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70 YEARS !!! Tony Banks, March 27, 1950 - VIDEO & MEMORIES

Anthony George (Tony) Banks, born in Lewes on March 27, 1950, turns 70 today. We wish him happy birthday through videos and curiosities.

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Tony Banks has been described by Armando Gallo as a silent person, of few words, ever since he was a boy. But the rare times he spoke, it was worth listening to. Gallo recalls how lucid he was in describing the band's plans over the next seven months and the album that was about to arrive: Foxtrot. And he explained how the stories that Peter Gabriel invented in concert would serve to explain the lyrics not always of the band's first impact. (from Armando Gallo, Genesis: The Evolution of a Rock Band, S&J Ed.)

Friends first of all. After the release of the second album, Trespass, the group experienced a period of crisis caused by the abandonment of Anthony Phillips; after this, Banks wanted to leave the group, but was convinced by his companions to continue their adventure with the band without the help of the guitarist.

Her iUnforgettable productions, like those of Watcher of the Skies, Firth of Fifth, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. His Timeless solos, among others in Supper's Ready, The Cinema Show, In The Cage, Robbery, Assault & Battery, Duke's Travels /Duke'Send.

And the Creator, among others, of White Mountain, of the texts of Seven Stones, Harlequin e The Cinema Show, In Firth of Fifth - wrote Steve Hackett's guitar solo -, Time Table, Entangled, A Trick of the Tail, Mad Man Moon, One for the Wine, Afterglow.

Tony he didn't just play keyboards in Genesis. Some of his passages with the 12 string acoustic in songs like The Musical Box, Entangled, The Cinema Show and at the beginning of Supper's Ready they are unforgettable. Banks has also been an occasional back-up vocalist and co-lead vocals in Shepherd.

Banks has been a innovator of the sound of rock, pioneer, in his career, in the use of many particular keyboards and synthesizers. Has been defined "the most refined keyboard player of prog rock." He used various types of keyboard, mastering them with a unique technique, in different songs, also resorting to artisan solutions, even during concerts, in order to obtain the results he sought. Watch Tony's video interviews about using the various effects on his solo albums.

Thanks to Tony, they entered the Genesis texts and atmospheres literary works science fiction (Watcher of The Skies, One for the Wine, Heathaze, Domino), Fantasy (A Trick of the Tail), the little Prince (Mad Man Moon), the Victorian atmosphere of Cime Tempestose (he was the one who read the novel and reported the influences in the title and inside Wind & Wuthering) and Dickens (Home By the Sea), TS Eliot, The Wasteland (The Cinema Show - in which there is also Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet - and Ovid's Metamorphosis - Tiresias), John Keats (The Lady Lies), and then by the philosopher Protagoras (Harlequin) in Sao Paulo (Cul-de-Sac), dto White Fang by Jack London (White Mountain) to Tom & Jerry - or Sylvester the Cat - (All in a Mouse Night)

Tony turns out to be a curmudgeon, a not particularly nice guy, with little sense of humor. But in certain moments (among the public ones, obviously) it is not so. On stage Banks sometimes even wore a snorkel while performing Who Dunnit? ....

... Or as on the occasion of first video absolute Genesis: Robbery, Assault & Battery. WATCH:


"The protagonists are the same members of the group, with a bearded Phil Collins particularly comfortable in the role of the thief [...] and the other three in policeman uniform (remarkable role of Tony Banks who, while taking a bullet from the brigand, in the following scenes moves treacherously in pursuit of the swindler) ". (by Giovanni De Liso, Genesis, Behind the lines. Commented texts (1969-1998), Arcana ed.)

Banks currently he lives with his wife Margaret, in a house in south London. The couple married on July 29, 1972 and have two children: Benjamin (born in 1978) and Emily (1981). IS' one of the longest lasting relationships in rock history. They had a day's honeymoon because Banks was too busy finishing the Genesis Foxtrot album. Banks said: "The band felt sorry for me, so they paid to have her come on the next tour." (by Blake, Mark July 10, 2015 "Q&A: Tony Banks" Team Rock Retrieved 7 March 2018). The couple live near Godalming in Surrey.

He was appointed Prog God 2015 to the annuals Progressive Music Awards. Tony is ranked # 11 on the Music Radar chart greatest keyboard players of all time.

To learn more read the biography of Mario Giammetti: Tony Banks. Man of spells. CLICK HERE

Here is Tony Banks' solo discography.

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Genesis: the first concert with Phil Collins on lead vocals, March 26, 1976 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

Unforgettable stories and memories, through audio, video, documents and much more.

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Genesis' first concert with Phil Collins singer took place at the London Arena in London Ontario, Canada on March 26, 1976.

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With Peter Gabriel's farewell to Genesis, Phil Collins became the frontman of the band, which released "A Trick of the Tail" on February 2, 1976 - READ THE ARTICLE OF HORIZONS RADIO.

The LP comes in third place in the rankings of the United Kingdom, such as "Selling England by the Pound" and becomes their biggest hit. Which reassures them. After all, expectations about the future of the group were very low. But then people heard the record and the quartet's prices went up.

The tour will start on March 26th.

But of course we have to solve the problem of who will play the drums in concert. And Phil doesn't want to abandon his instrument. Collins recounts in his autobiography:

"Bill Bruford, already with Yes, is a good friend who introduced me to a lot of jazz drummers. He comes to one of the tests of the Brand X (we're writingI sell "Unorthodox Behavior") and asks:

"How are you with Genesis? Have you found a singer? '
"Not exactly. I sang on the album, and they want
try to make me sing. But to do it we need toto find a drummer. "
"Well, why don't you ask me?"
«I think you would say no. A little too similar to Yes for you, no? "
"Instead I would."
And here Genesis have a new drummer. "

So Phil has no more excuses. Everyone adapts and gets used to the new set-up and new training.
set-up and new training.

"We don't great ceremonies: it just happens. I don't remember nemless than having rehearsed, or an announcement ", Phil remembers.

Bill Bruford fits in immediately, moreover, it is one of the largest of its kind prog and not only.

"I'm not particularnervous about the idea of ​​singing, nor about the fact to do it in front of an audience - racconta Phil Phil says -.
to do it in front of an audience - Phil says -. I was already used to it with Oliver !, in his time. But sing with just a microfono between me and the audience, instead of a row of dishes: this is the problem to overcome. If one does not it is worn for bat hats and for flying to in mid-air, what do you do when you don't sing? "

Remember Mike Rutherford in his autobiography:

"We had deliberately chosen Canada because they had less memory of the concerts with Pete there than in Europe. Pete had been such a strong figure that we couldn't imagine how Phil could replace him. "

There are also other practical problems.

For example: how to dress. The suit from
worker was ideal when he was only the drummer. And to wear masks and costumes "Peter Gabriel" is not mentioned.

"I can put on my coppola and kingdingote for Robbery, Assault and Battery, but this is it the most I am willing to do ", says Phil.

Then the worker suit is chosen. And then there is another concern. Peter Gabriel was very good at entertaining the public with his stories while Mike, Tony and Steve agreecompartment. What can Phil tell?

Then the time comes.

At the London Arena the hall lights dim.

"I spend most of the concert hiding behind the microphone stand: I am a XNUMX-year-old being as thin as a drumstick.
And I don't even touch the microphone. Removing it from the support would be a gesture too ... as a singer.
But I get to the end of the concert bringing only small dents to my fragile awareness of frontman.
",
recalls Phil.

"People were on his side from day one - Mike says -. On stage, Phil has always been a very visual drummer - never flashy but very spectacular.

I will never forget Phil in his T-shirt, his long beard and his trembling hand. And then don't have Pete there ... A strange moment for everyone.
But after playing the first two songs, I realized that it would be all right.

And so it was. Phil's lecture helped us. It lightened the atmosphere. Pete was mysterious on stage, Phil was always the boy next door ", recalls Mike.

There are 2.200 fans at Bathurst Street's London Arena for Collins's debut frontman. Genesis expected no more than a hundred people and instead here is the proof that the band's popularity is not decreasing.

Nthere is no public recording of this concert, although it appears that a copy is owned by a collector. Here are those of two successive dates:

The most of setlist of that March 26 is taken from A Trick Of The Tail.

For the 40th anniversary of that historic date for Genesis and rock all, the site Genesisfan has reported...

The memories of those who were in the Canadian arena.

"The band members seemed very nervous - says one of them, Brad Ashton-Haiste -. But after a couple of tracks, everyone had huge smiles. Maybe they thought, 'Phil will work' ".

Another fan, Jim Fisk, took pictures of the concert, which he then sold to the press.

"Phil and Bill's duets are incredible. Speed, technical and musical excellence", remember Fisk.

And say that when the Canadian date had gone on presale Genesis did not yet have a singer.

Ma on March 26 Collins proved to be true frontman. And those present attended a "historic" event.

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Here is a video showing what the show was like in 1976:

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A Selection of Shows: Genesis & Solo Live Guide 1976-2014

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