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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 Take the Tour, 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:

A Facebook page contains comments and memories of that date - CLICK HERE.

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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 did not fail to tell me about that day with a meticulous wealth of details. Immediately after the afternoon check sound (so shortly after 19), the "ours", once outside, walked 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 of it 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 BAND's MEMORIES

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 Rotonde of Cuorgnè, Turin Italy - MEMORIES of RUTHERFORD and EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS

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

https://www.facebook.com/beppecrovella/videos/3281989403288/

 

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 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:

https://www.facebook.com/GenesisAPavia1972IoCero/

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 concert in Lugo and the one in August in Marina di Ravenna, I was 16 and in both cases my parents accompanied me (obviously they didn't enter, it's not like now ...). Unfortunately I don't remember almost anything, not even the throwing pillows we are talking about. In Marina di Ravenna I saw the concert in the afternoon, I arrived late, I passed in front of Peter & Co. who were there one meter away, on a low platform. I don't remember that there were many people, not even in Lugo I would say. Anyway it was magical, especially in Lugo. I have a tremendous nostalgia, unfortunately. "

On Facebook, other memories:

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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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Here is a detailed account of

Mario Giammetti in Genesis. The years Prog reports a memory by Tony Banks, concerning 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. Duvets:

"The Italian public is extraordinary. Not only do they adore us, but they really capture 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 Take the Tour 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' says: an alien being who comes to the planet and sees it completely deserted. And so the story unfolds with a bit of 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 BAND's MEMORIES

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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The Italian debut of Genesis in Adria, Rovigo: the witnesses of that April 6, 1972 are sought

Who was there on the evening of April 6, 1972, when Genesis was staged on the immense stage of the Comunale of Adria?

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Is there a photo of that evening somewhere?

And maybe even a recording, albeit a homemade one? Is there anyone who was there and who wants to remember his impressions?

For this a wathsapp number 351 9356194 and the email is available info@arcadia-arte.com.

Memories and testimonies will be posted on the site of the exhibition "When Gigli, Pavarotti and Callas .... The Historical Theaters of Polesine", which the Cassa di Risparmio di Padova and Rovigo Foundation proposes at Palazzo Roncale (for the methods of use of the exhibition CLICK HERE).

A small section will recall, alongside the great protagonists of opera, also the Italian debut, at the Comunale di Adria, of Genesis.

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That evening, destined to go down in history, in which a group of English boys, a little intimidated by the austere, huge spaces of the Comunale, performed in front of a very small audience of enthusiasts: fewer than 90 people, some remember.

Others raise the number of those present to 200. However, nothing compared to the raving crowds of only a few years later, the global popularity and the myth of the English band.

Certainly that in Adria was a muted departure. Genesis were taken to act as a stopgap to Mago Zurlì, far more popular than the British band. In fact, Cino Tortorella was unable to reach Adria, apparently blocked by a road accident.

This first adriese of the legendary band remained for years in the limbo of bar talk. But to prove, beyond any doubt, that the Genesis were precisely in Adria and not elsewhere on that historic evening is the register of the Stella d'Italia Hotel, with their names.

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Happy birthday, Tony Banks! March 27, 1950 - VIDEO & MEMORIES

Anthony George (Tony) Banks was born in Lewes on March 27, 1950. We wish him best wishes 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: 45 years ago the first concert with Phil Collins singer, 26 March 1976 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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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 greatest success. Which reassures them. After all, the expectations for 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 the London Arena on Bathurst Street for Collins' debut as 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 photographs of the concert, which he later 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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Genesis: 50 years ago the first concert abroad, La Ferme IV Belgium, 7 March 1971 - AUDIO & RICORDI

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On March 7, 1971, the Genesis went on stage abroad for the first time, at La Ferme V, Woluwe St Lambert, Belgium. LISTEN:

Stories and Memories:

«We crossed the Channel, taking a ferry from Dover to Ostend from Dover to Ostend », said Richard Macphail in My book of Genesis.

“It was the middle of winter and there was hardly anyone else on board. (...)
It was still just the seven of us on the road together, which when you look at the armies of crew that bands employ nowadays seems ludicrously small.

It was a four-hourcrossing and we were bored stiffbecause there
there was nothing to do. I found this box with life vests in it,,
and so we all got our vests on and posed for what has now become a famous picture of Genesis, all of us with our hair down past our shoulders, Mike drinking from a small bottle of Mateus Rosé
because that's what we drank in those days, that or Liebfraumilch.

(...) Nowadays when you go abroad you have satellite navigation that tells you precisely where to go and mobile phones or with maps on them, but I really had no idea where we were heading in Belgium. I didn't even have a fold-out map.

(...) The place, a club called Ferme V, packed to the roof, but the fans knew every note. It was unbelievable. While in England it was a very slow build-up, in Belgium it happened very suddenly, like a minor explosion as far as we were concerned.

Another thing I remember is that we stayed in a three-star hotel, very comfy, and that Peter shared a room with me because he couldn't bear to share with Tony ever again, not after his experiences at the cottage.»

«Philippe Grombeer (future artistic director of the major Belgian theaters) is a member of the" Club of the Eagles ", and has rented, on behalf of the municipal administration, a farm in Woluwe-Saint-Lambert (a suburb of Brussels)  "STOP V". The space is not large, the interior is old, but what does it matter! "  -  CONTINUE ON GENESIS PLACES

«5 bold young musicians hold their first concert across the border ...
They have behind them a first bankruptcy album and a second (the last one) that something has picked up, especially right where they are going to play) ... » - CONTINUE ON:

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«Some privileged people saw them in all intimacy and shared everything with them. And with good reason: Belgium was the first foreign country in which the Genesis set foot. " - CONTINUE ON NOSTALGIE

«Like all the superstars before being successful, they slept in lousy hotels, murky rooms in the back of smoky pubs, lost in the countryside. But luck always smiles on those with talent. " - FIND OUT MORE ON FACEBOOK GABRIEL'S ANGELS

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Phil Collins: 40 years ago 'I Missed Again' was released in the UK by "Face Value", February 27, 1981 - VIDEO

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On February 27, 1981, Phil Collins' single 'I Missed Again' from his debut album "Face Value" was released in the UK.

Look at the various versions that can be purchased:

Here the official video:

And here are some live versions:

On February 13, 1981 it came out Face Value, debut album of Phil Collins' solo career. 

On this occasion "Introducing The A - Z of Phil Collins" was released, a podcast in 6 episodes that tells the life and music of Phil Collins. Here is the launch via Facebook:

Face Value it is preceded, on January 5th, by the single In The Air Tonight.

Let's listen to the album again in the multimedia version of Horizons Radio.

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Phil Collins at the Grammy Awards 35 years ago, February 25, 1986 - VIDEO

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Phil Collins at the Grammy Awards, February 25, 1986.

Best Pop Vocal Performance, "Sussudio" performance and Album of Year.

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Happy Birthday Peter Gabriel! February 13, 1950

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Peter Brian Gabriel, February 13, 1950. Here is Peter's musical, physical and artistic evolution through videos:

 

What do Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett have in common? Both were born under the sign of Aquarius. But they share much more.

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Both were part of one of the major bands on the world music scene and they came out at the height of success.

Collect items from that period on Ebay - Click on the image

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Both then made it post Genesis solo careers successful.

Both do tour - Steve incessantly - just for love of music.

Both entertain a relationship with the public that borders on sacredness. Each of their concerts is almost a mystical rite. Look:

Both pursue one obsessive search for sounds and introduce cultured references in their albums (from tarot cards to political and environmental themes, from the myths of ancient Greece toapartheid).

Both pursue the idea of ​​one music as an end in itself, unrelated to the logic of market and profit, continuing the research started with Genesis and developed over the years of a solo career.

Finally, both share the same torta, at midnight between 12 and 13 February. Yesterday Steve ....

Today, with the hope of new sound and artistic projects, happy birthday, Peter !!!!

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Phil Collins: 40 years of "Face Value", released on February 13, 1981 - PODCAST, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On February 13, 1981 he left Face Value, debut album of Phil Collins' solo career. 

On this occasion "Introducing The A - Z of Phil Collins" was released, a podcast in 6 episodes that tells the life and music of Phil Collins. Here is the launch via Facebook:

Here are some live versions of the tracks on the disc:

Face Value it is preceded, on January 5th, by the single In The Air Tonight.

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Happy Birthday Steve Hackett! February 12, 1950

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Steve Hackett was born in London on February 12, 1950. 

Last year, on the occasion of its 70 years, Steve gave Horizons Radio an interview, in which he traces a balance of his artistic life and beyond.

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HR: We are very excited about your autobiography due out July 24, 2020. It is usually said that writing your own autobiography is a very intimate and introspective process, as well as a therapeutic one. What prompted you to write it and how difficult was it?

Steve Hackett: I wanted to be able to share my experiences, thoughts and feelings ...

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A new Steve album has just been released. See how he told the individual tracks and extracted videos:

Il first disc: in 1970 he released an album entitled The Road as a member of Quiet World, a group in which his brother, John Hackett, also plays on the flute. Here is the audio:

The turning point: looking for a new band, Hackett publishes an announcement in Melody Maker magazine:

Hackett's first recording with Genesis is the album Nursery Cryme. Steve inherits the role of guitarist for Anthony Phillips. Listen to it special by Horizons Radio "Anthony & Steve two guitars in the myth of Genesis", by Paolo Tenerini - CLICK HERE.

In Foxtrot il first acoustic solo by Hackett, Horizons:

Hackett is the first Genesis member to publish a solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte, attended by Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford.  Listen to the Horizons Radio special - CLICK HERE

Steve announces its withdrawal from Genesis on October 8, 1977, a week before the release of the second album live of the group, Seconds Out.

On October 2, 1982 a return with Genesis, for a good purpose, on the occasion of Six of the Best, the "solidarity" reunion of Genesis - WATCH THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO.

Il first album after leaving Genesis is from 1978, his second soloist, Please don't touch.

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On 4 October 1978 he began his career in Oslo first European tour, and in 1980 the first tour in the USA.

Here is the video of the full concert recorded on the date in Bremen, Germany, one month later:

And here is the American concert at the Bottom Line Club, New York NY:

Cured it's Steve's album that yes placed better in the rankings (number 15 in the UK, number 169 in the USA)

He also played with icon the GTR, the supergroup founded together with Steve Howe. Here are the publications:

With Squackett (Chris Squire & Steve Hackett):

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