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Coming Up Monthly, the events of the month of Genesis & Co. - October 2021

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Genesis: 50 years ago the first concert at the Reading Festival, 26 June 1971 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On June 26, 1971, Genesis took the stage of the Reading Festival for the first time.

Here is the poster taken from the site of Reading Museum:

It is the first ever Reading Festival, held near the Thames in Richfield Avenue between Friday 25 June and Sunday 27 June 1971. Among the artists in addition to Genesis, Lindisfarne and Wishbone Ash.

The Reading Festival originated from an annual Jazz and Blues festival organized by the National Jazz Federation and the Marquee Club of London in 1961.

The first Reading Festival took place in 1971 when promoter Harold Pendleton staged the event as part of the celebrations for the 850th anniversary of the founding of Reading Abbey.

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Since 1980 the festival has achieved an international reputation, including the biggest names in rock music.

The late 80s and early 90s saw changes in the contemporary music scene with new indie and cross-over dance sounds.

Nearly 90.000 music fans flock to Reading every August Bank Holiday, making the city an internationally recognized name on the music scene.

It has become an important part of Reading life and in late 2004 the Reading Museum organized a large retrospective exhibition called 'Music, Mud and Mayhem', which chronicles the festival's 30-year history.

Genesis have attended the Reading Festival several times. Here are the recordings.

During the Nursery Cryme Tour on 11 August 1972:

On August 26, 1973:

On August 26, 1979, Phil Collins joined Peter Gabriel at the Reading Festival and performs with him The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway:

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The songs performed by Steve Hackett in Reading in 1981 are contained in the album "Premonitions - The Charisma Recordings 1975-1983".

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Collector's Corner: 45 years ago Genesis live at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, 10 June 1976 - AUDIO, MEMORIES & OFFERS

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Hammersmith Odeon, London, 10th June 1976.

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"Genesis began the Trick Of A Tail tour with several shows in Ontario and Buffalo, New York in March and gained confidence in the new set and new lineup before playing in front of the home crowd."

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"They played two shows at the Hammersmith Odeon on June 10th and 11th.

Collins greets the audience by saying: 'Good evening London ... The next thing we're going to play for you, if you remember the last time you saw us it was probably at Wembley we played Lamb Lies Down On Broadway for you. And tonight we took three pieces from the story ... and we rather casually renamed it 'Lamb Stew'. 

For "White Mountain" Rutherford says: 'And back in the days when the tinkling of beer mugs was heard during the acoustic tunes, we were playing songs from the Trespass album. Acoustic songs from the Trespass album. So tonight we should play one called 'White Mountain'.

Steve Hackett introduces his song "Entangled" by saying: 'It's a waltz, a slow three-beat so take your partners'.

Before "Los Endos" Collins announces that they have recorded the show for an album. 'I suppose, since you are all there, you will buy it.'

The encore is the medley of "It" and "Watcher Of The Skies". The latter is instrumental and has never been sung by Collins live. "

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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:

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«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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Genesis: "A Trick Of The Tail" turns 45, February 2, 1976 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On February 2, 1976 he left A Trick Of The Tail, the first Genesis album after the release of Peter Gabriel. Here is a multimedia story.

I Genesis tell the album like this:

"To our great relief it is understood quite quickly that we can get away even without Peter", Phil Collins tells in his autobiography.

"The songs come to us as in the old days, and it's good stuff. We are ready Dance on a Volcano. They follow Squonk e Los Endos, for the album that
will be titled A trick of the tail."

All while the Melody Maker throws the bomb: "Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis". The news leaked before they had time to catch up.
ganize. Thus, in the musical environment there is a rumor that Genesis is over.

"Composing A Trick of the Tail was like the beginning of an exciting new chapter. I would not have liked that Peter left, but I knew there was going to be a change. " Mike Rutherford tells in his autobiography.

"Now that he was gone we felt like a new band - Mike says -. It seems strange to say now, but Phil's voice was not what it would become. Stratton-Smith said Phil sounded more like Pete than Pete, but in reality their voices weren't similar at all. It only seemed so if they were singing the same song, the same Genesis-style melody.

"It often seems to me that life in the Genesis is divided into two halves - the Pete years and the Phil years. During Pete's years we were like school children. Everything changed when Pete left - Mike continues -. Pete's departure had made us grow a bit like people, although for Tony and me it also meant learning to relax a little. "

But the four do not give up. They audition potential singers every week. Phil teaches them the vocal parts, singing with them. Firth of Fifth, The Knifedifficult tracks for any aspirant frontman.

Genesis audition for five or six weeks. They see about thirty boys. But the time that passes quickly, there is already talk of another tour,
you have to go to the recording studio

But when i tracks are recorded and there is still no singer, time is running out. Mick Strickland è a little better than the others and the Genesis they ask to go to the Trident to try. "We give it to sing Squonk - remembers Phil -. The first line of that song is bastard: "Like father, like son ...". Such a father, such son ... We don't ask him for his hue or his extension. We just give it to her. Attack! Poor fellow. It is nowhere near his
shades. We have to say: "Thank you and goodbye ...". TO Thinking about it now, I feel guilty about Mick. "

Meanwhile, the hours in the studio yes they are piling up. "Then I say: «What do you think if I try?"- cPhil continues -. And the boys shrug: "A lot worth. " Inside me I know I can do it, but sing it on serious is another matter entirely. Sometimes the brain says yes, but the voice shouts "No!".

But Phil tries. "Mike and Tony later on me they will say it is like one of those cartoon moments animated where the bulb lights up. They look at eachother in the control room and the eyebrows say it all: «Acdamn, it's perfect! "."

A modecisive chin for Collins.

After exploring every other point of view, it seems that that of the drummer who puts himself in front of the microphone is the final choice. Phil is torn, mainly because he likes to play drums. "Here is my sore point - reveals -. Yet the truth cannot be denied: I can sing those songs."

Now the knot to untie is the upcoming tour.

"Bagive it well, I was not yet willing to go on stage singing as a frontman - says Phil -. On stage it will be a whole other thing. So in reality we are still without a singer.

"Singing was one thing, but the real problem for me was whether Phil would agree to be our frontman - admits Mike Rutherford. I baphorists
generally tend to think that singers are the icing on
cake, and not quite the same caliber as a musician to everyone else in the band. "

For the first time Genesis make three video clips of their songs. We have already seen two of them above. Here is the third:

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

There were 2.200 fans at the old Bathurst Street arena for Collins' debut as frontman.

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Eugenio Delmale tells A Trick of the Outtakes, or when Genesis had not yet chosen the new singer, in place of Peter Gabriel, in 1975 (in Italian).

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Collector's Corner: Genesis live in Reggio Emilia, 20 January 1973

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GENESIS - Reggio Emilia 1973 - 2 vinyls - Click on the image and see if there are still copies available.

On 20 January 1973 the Italian part of the Foxtrot Tour of the Genesis (second date on the 22nd in Rome - LOOK). Here are notes and images of that evening.

The first very famous photo of the third landing on the Genesis peninsula, after two of the previous year, is this one, at the Cral Club of the'Linate airport in Milan, in a press conference together with the Lindisfarne, who have just arrived in Italy. Here she is:

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The concert is part of the Charisma Festival, like the subsequent Rome date - on stage with Genesis other bands, with a last minute variation of dates as seen from the poster above -. And here's the "right" one:

Now the recording of the concert:


00:00 - Watcher Of The Skies;
11:53 - The Musical Box;
23:28 - The Fountain Of Salmacis;
33:20 - Get 'Em Out By Friday;
44:13 - Supper's Ready;
01:09:55 - The Return Of The Giant Hogweed;
01:21:28 - The Knife.

A look at Peter's costumes. For Watcher Of The Skies has not yet adopted bat wings, but looks like this:

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On the ending of The musical boxthen the twist. Peter appears with the red dress of his wife Jill and the fox mask.

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A historic moment, this, for the Genesis, inaugurated on September 28 of the previous year in Dublin, the beginning of an era of masks and disguises, even if not completely shared by the other members of the band.

Even in Supper's Ready the famous costumes have not yet appeared. Peter will insert them in a month in the English part of the tour. In Italy, at the end of  Apocalypse in 9/8 looks like this:

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For the encore, The Knife, the black dress returns, but without the round of jewels around the neck:

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No video recordings of these concerts are available. But thescenic effect of Genesis you can see it in the movie ten days earlier at the Bataclan in Paris. There he is:

And here is the Tour Program:

Concert admirably and in detail reconstructed by:

Genesis in Italy. The concerts 1972-1975 by Mino Profumo

"The Italian public has the opportunity not only to attend a high-level technical performance, but also to witness the band's relentless journey towards a musical / theatrical proposal that will find its fulfillment in the years immediately following".

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Steve Hackett: 50 years ago the debut on stage with Genesis, January 14, 1971 - VIDEO & MEMORIES

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50 years ago, on January 14, 1971, Steve Hackett made his debut in concert with Genesis at University College London. Here is the story of those eventful days. 

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As we have seen (READ THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO ON THOSE DAYS), la band was very close to melting, because Anthony Phillips left his fellow adventurers and they also decided to replace John Mayhew, the current drummer. 

I Genesis have already hired Phil Collins on drums - Read -, now they have to find a good replacement on the guitar.

Both Ronnie Caryl have rehearsed in concertPhil's great friend (auditioned with him -Read) and guitarist of Flaming Youth, and Mick barnard, member of Farm, but both did not convince the demanding members of the band.

After the farewell of Anthony Phillips - READ and then with the arrival of Phil, the Genesis have then continued as a quartet, with Tony playing all guitar parts on an electric piano Hohner filtered with a fuzz box. The research continues.

On December 14th, scrolling the Melody Maker, Peter is intrigued by the unusual announcement of a certain Steve. There he is:

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Remember Tony Banks in Genesis. The river of constant change, by Mario Giammetti, Editori gathered:

“Mike had auditioned for a long time, but Peter and I convinced ourselves that he was trying to find someone who sounded just like Ant, which was obviously impossible. So the two of us went to see Steve. He was really smart, looking at him he seemed one of many, instead he knew how to compose, experiment, he wasn't the classic mad guitarist ».

E remembers Steve in the same precious book by Giammetti:

«I played a little Jimmy Page, with fast solos that did not go well with delicacy of thetheir songs. The first times were really difficult ». 

And so we come to that January 14, 1971, when at University College London, Steve Hackett makes his debut in concert with Genesis. But it won't be an easy time.

Steve tells reported by Richard Macphail in My book of Genesis:

"The first gig was a disaster for me. Up until then I had used a borrowed fuzzbox or Tony's Marshall Superfuzz. So everything worked well, but that night they gave me a Shaftesbury Duo Fuzz which is a great fuzzbox. I couldn't get a Marshall Superfuzz and thought, 'Oh, this sounds good.'

And when we did the sound check it seemed all right, but obviously when everyone was playing, it was much louder and the return was a disaster. I got discouraged and forgot all my parts. I remember a heated argument after the show and thought it was all my fault.

In hindsight, it wasn't. That was my most embarrassing moment on stage, being on stage with deeply arranged music and with the total inability to remember a note, because I couldn't control my sound. It's not a good start, I thought. "

Steve tells to TWR # 33 reported by genesis-movement.org:

"It was a scary concert ... an unpleasant experience ... there were a lot of mistakes and I had a fuzz box that I had been rehearsing for weeks and suddenly that night I had to use a different one and it was like ... it was the difference between an amateur and a pro and with this fuzz box and its feedback I played badly throughout the show and thought I had it all wrong and it would be the last gig with them. " 

Actually, Steve isn't the only one playing poorly that night. Remember Mike Rutherford in its autobiography, The Living Years, Arcana:

"As we would have discovered over the years, Phil had the great ability to drink a lot without showing it. At Steve's first concert - University College London, January 1971 - an exception occurred. We had a few pints but no one had noticed that Phil had had a few more than the others and he was drunk Phil was a drummer so smart that he could do almost anything, but that night he got ready for one of his big rolls and nothing happened. performed to perfection, too bad it was moved twenty centimeters from each piece of the battery.

Poor Steve: it was his first concert, he was nervous and we had a drunk drummer. At the end of the evening, Tony and I had a bad time for Phil, which didn't bother Phil, but unfortunately Steve thought we were fighting because of him: we hated him and wanted to throw him out. As always, no one ever thought of letting the newcomer know how things were. "

E says Phil Collins in his autobiography:

"For the most part the concerts are conducted quite professionally: we arrive, play and go home. We smoke a few joints, but no exaggerated revelry. The only time it happens is at a concert at City University in London, the Steve's first with Genesis. We play later than expected, so I spend my time downing myself on some Newcastle Brown beers. When we get on stage I'm completely disoriented. I do all the right fills, but eight inches to the right of where I should. Other than air-guitar, this is air-drums. And afterwards I regret: "What will the new guitarist think? His first concert and the drummer is dead drunk." It is the first time that I play drunk, and it will also be the last. "

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Ma Stevedespite his concerns, pass the exam. And the confirmation comes from Peter Gabriel, who declares, reported in the aforementioned Giammetti book:

"We have had two guitarists in recent months but I hope this is the definitive one, we found it through the Melody Maker and it seems to have adapted very well". (Peter Gabriei, Zig Zag n.19, 5 / 71, «Genesis», anonymous). 

Here's what Anthony Phillips thinks today:

Steve will become a column of the Genesis, in the formation that many consider "the real one" and beyond. Until the sensational farewell.

But that's another story - READ IT HERE-.

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Steve Hackett is guest in "All That I Am & All That I Was" by Ms Amy Birks - VIDEO & BUY

Steve Hackett (and the John Hackett Band) collaborates with Amy Birks, who will release her debut solo album "All That I Am & All That I Was" on April 17th. 

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Steve Hackett is guest of Ms Amy Birks' new single, I Wish .

The song is taken fromBeatrix Players singer's debut solo album, All That I Was & All That I Am.

Here is the video of the single:

The video, created by Susan Raybould, depicts Birks and a flamenco guitarist, each represented through origami stop motion.

Amy ran into Steve ai Prog Awards, asked him to play and he accepted.

The new single uses the words Christina Rossetti - a pre-Raphaelite poet, activist and artist.

The single and the album are also available for streaming and downloading:

The new album was produced by Birks and Wollage (who worked with Tony Banks on Seven (A Suite For Orchestra).

Available on package limited edition cd, with gatefold cover with six 7 "panels, accompanied by a twelve page photo book. This format is exclusive for mail order sales and will be available at the merchandising stand on all shows from April 5 (see below).

Also expected a vinyl album in a gatefold 12 "cover and will also be available through all the usual download and streaming services.

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Genesis: the concert at the Roundhouse filmed by Yoko Ono, 11 March 1970 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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March 11, 1970 - Genesis, the Roundhouse concert sponsored by Yoko Ono. Here is the very rare video, the only appearance of Anthony Phillips:

It is a very rare video of Genesis in concert at that time. It was shot at the Atomic Sunrise Festival on March 11, 1970 at the Roundhouse Club in London. The only one where Anthony Phillips appears.

Both Tony Banks and Ant have always said they remember that this concert was professionally recorded on 8 track equipment. And in fact a 2 minute live segment of Stagnation which is believed to come from this concert was later found in Phillips' archives.

In view of the fact that the Atomic Sunrise Festival was sponsored by Yoko Ono, he suggests that the original audio recording and film footage may still exist in the Apple archives.

This concert took place about a month before the band signed the new contract with Charisma and therefore it is not in their archives.

There is also a private silent color film in Super 8 mm of the concert. 

This is a delicate moment for Ant, because he is about to leave Genesis.

"The stage phobia was much more than just a fear, it was terror", he says Mike Rutherford in his autobiography The Living Years.

Ant is very thin and appears destroyed, but the band does not have the time to notice what is happening in the friend's soul. It is a time when things seem to move. They just registered Trespass (will be released in the fall) and they are on tour, even if the dates are not for large numbers.

Among the many commitments of Genesis at that time is the recording of Jackson Tapes on January 9, 1970 at the BBC Studios Shepherds Bush in London. LISTEN TO THE SPECIAL OF HORIZONS RADIO.

"After the recording sessions I felt like a zombie", Phillips told in 2007. Plus, he had health problems, probably related to too much work. 

"I was mentally and physically debilitated " - told Ant seven years later to Armando Gallo and reported in his book Genesis: I Know What I Like -. "We were a bunch of perfectionists. After each concert there were always long, long, long autopsies ".

The music he loves so much is becoming the cause of unhappiness for Ant and his good English education prevents him from facing his teammates hard-nosed to try to change the dynamics of the band. "I no longer felt like anyone's friend - continues Ant - I was almost alienated. We were now divided into two groups that had lost their way". 

Mike is the first to know Ant's intentions. Just before a concert at the Richmond Rugby Club, they retreated and the revelation arrived like a cold shower. Rutherford knows that his friend is afraid of the stage, but there was no time to deepen the speech and Ant had no longer mentioned his phobia.

The July 18 ad Haywards Heath Genesis play in front of 25 people. The journey home Mile Rutherford and Peter Gabriel do it in Pete's new car, a Hillman Imp. Together they take the situation into consideration.

"For me there was no doubt that without Ant the Genesis had no reason to exist", recalls Mike in theautobiography. Anthony seems irreplaceable, the Genesis appear as indivisible, the urge to quit is about to take over.

Yet during the journey something different matures, the idea of ​​being able to do it even without a friend takes over. "It was about developing a new philosophy based on the assumption 'let's try and see what happens'", writes Mike. So a pause is not considered to allow Anthony to gather his ideas. Must go on.

Here are the Genesis performing the unpublished "The Shepherd"live on the BBC radio program"Nightride"on April 22, 1970. Probably the oldest live Genesis recorded on a disc, the bootleg homonym:

A decision shared also by Tony Banks and that today seems right, but very painful: "It was the hardest blow we've ever received"Gabriel said to a magazine the following year and quoted in Without Frontiers: The Life and Music of Peter Gabriel by Daryl Easlea"There would have been other departures " - reveals Mike -, "but none would have had the effect on me of leaving Ant".

The Genesis take advantage of this to make a small revolution. Phil Collins and Steve Hackett are about to join the band. 

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Genesis locations: Headley Grange, Hampshire UK - MEMORIES of COLLINS and RUTHERFORD

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The Headley Grange estate, in English Hampshire, in the British countryside, built in 1795, now a private residence, is a legendary place, used first as a hospice, then in the sixties and seventies to try and record not by Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Bad Company, The Pretty Things, Peter Frampton, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, Clover.

In particular, albums such as "Led Zeppelin III", "Led Zeppelin IV", "Houses of the Holy" and "Physical Graffiti" were born here, in addition to the Zeppelin's best-known single: "Stairway to Heaven".

Here the Genesis have lived a light-dark experience.

La band he spent the months of June and July 1974 at Headley Grange, to compose and record "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway". But the surrounding environment and the mood of the components are not exactly ideal.

Remember Phil Collins in his autobiography "No, I'm not dead yet"

«Whatever the group that was last there, left it in one
was terrible, and smelly. And mice take advantage of it. They are everywhere, jumping up and down the creaking stairs, rustling among the creepers that
they cover the trees, run up the ivy that covers the house. We count dozens, hundreds. And I speak only of those who are seen. That house is still a
hospice.

The only positive note of that place for me is the fact that John Bonham recorded his incredible groove for "When the Levee Breaks" in the trumpet
some stairs. I almost seem to smell it. But instead I smell rats. Thousands of mice. I arrive last, and the best bedrooms are already occupied, of course. So I have a shit room, where in addition to water I also have running mice. At night I hear them paddling above and below me. "

It tells Kevin Holm-Hudson in "Genesis and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway":

«The house was in considerable deterioration; perhaps because of the "hidden" reputation or from his association with Led Zeppelin, Gabriel was disturbed by rumors that the house was haunted (Bright, 1988, p. 60). Steve Hackett agrees that the place had a "haunted house feel". I felt strange scratching sounds at night, "in all likelihood the mice who shared the house with theirs rockstar guests (Platts, 2001, p. 75). "

More Phil Collins

«We assemble the instruments in the main living area, while Peter settles in front of an old broken-down piano that is picking up dust in
another room. The four of us improvise, he writes down his ideas for the lyrics, and I record everything with my trusty Nakamichi cassette recorder.

We write some great music (In the Cage, Riding the Scree, tons of good stuff) and a lot of it comes out while Peter is in another room, stepping on the piano, writing the lyrics.»

Not long after the band took office in Headley Grange, Gabriel receives a phone call from director William Friedkin, interested in securing Peter's involvement as a writer in his new film project. Friedkin back then had hits like "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist". The offer is therefore tempting and flattering for Gabriel, who had struck the director with his visionary mind. 

Peter originally expected to work with Friedkin after finishing "The Lamb", but the huge success of "The Exorcist" it speeded things up.

More Kevin Holm-Hudson:

"Headley Grange he didn't have a phone, so Gabriel should have
cycle to the phone booth at the bottom of the hill and dial the number Friedkin in California with pockets full of coins from 10 (Fielder, 1984, p. 91).

The rest of the group understandably does not shared Gabriel's sudden enthusiasm for a project outside the band. According to Gabriel, his companions "They thought I would use the group as a springboard for my staff happened and I wouldn't even have involved them. But Friedkin didn't want Genesis. He he wanted me for just for my strange ideas, not for music "(Fielder, 1984, p. 91). "

Mike Rutherford tells in his autobiography "The Living Years":

“We haven't had huge, noisy discussions in Headley Grange. From the beginning we realized we had a great one work to do and we knew we couldn't waste much time to discuss.

It also became clear very early that we would only have made the album if Pete worked full time on the lyrics, while the rest of us took care of the music. This bothered Tony more than me, but Pete's mind was elsewhere.

His marriage had had a hard time and Jill was also pregnant with their first child. This meant that Pete came and went often, and when he was
with us there was often the feeling that there was whatsomething unsolved between him and Tony. "

Check out the Genesis photos at Headley Grange(in some of them you can notice the tension between the band members):

So Gabriel leaves Headley Grange for about a week for come up with script ideas with Friedkin. But when Charisma learned of Gabriel's departure, label president Tony Stratton-Smith himself stepped in to convince Gabriel to return.

Rutherford tells:

“When Pete came to talk to us about the offer, we did they were quite tense. As per Ant (Anthony Phillips, the first founding member of Genesis to abandon the band, Editor's note), if this moment were happened later in our career I'm sure we could have finding a way out would have given Pete a few months.

But we still hadn't realized that it was really possible and, moreover, we were busy going on tour in the fall. Pete is the most wonderful clumsy. Often it seemed he would never decide. (...)

In the end, we got a little tired of his indecision and we gave him a ultimatum, and at that point Pete left the band.

So I accompanied Tony to the pay phone in the village to discuss the situation with Strat. He always believed he could talk to anyone
"Pete, dear boy, come talk to me", but Pete wasn't the type to talk to like this. "

At the same time, Friedkin, unwilling to be responsible for the dissolution of the band, brakes on Peter's collaboration.

Continue Kevin Holm-Hudson:

"" So Peter made a definite commitment to finish the album before anything else, "said Banks. "But I think it made us all understand that he was getting tired and that it was only a matter of time before he left" (Fielder, 1984, p. 91). Collins agrees: "Things have returned to normal but, from then on, I think we all felt that this could happen again at any time" (Fielder, 1984, p. 91). »

More Mike:

"For the first time we felt that someone was not going in the same direction, something fundamental had changed. The most pressing issue, however, was that now we were incredibly late. The music it was almost complete and we also had a registration date booked, but Pete's text wasn't ready at all. Things got so bad that in the end Pete had to ask Tony and me to write the text of “The Light Dies Down on Broadway ". (...)

Obviously, it was a symbolic contribution, but aat least we could feel we had written a song because we didn't want to an album that had "All words by Peter Gabriel ”written on.»

More Phil:

«For Pete it's a dream come true: the chance to collaborate with a forward-looking artist who excels in an art form different from his, to work from home, and also to be closer to his wife. He asks us: “Can we pause the disc? Give me time to do this, then I'll be back. "

He doesn't say he's leaving us.

We all reply: “Sorry, Peter, unfortunately not. Either you are inside or you are outside. "

From my point of view, in practice, if Peter gives up on us, it is not necessarily the end of the world. My firmly concrete solution is to reconfigure the Genesis as an instrumental quartet. At least that way you could finally listen to the music properly.

The reaction of the other three to this suggestion can be summarized as follows: “Don't say bullshit. We, without singing, without texts? You said yours, now shut up,
Phil ". And of course they are right.

Before something concrete happens, Friedkin's rumor reaches that his offer could lead to the end of the Genesis. It's the last thing he wants, a lot
more than his science fiction project it is only a vague idea. A couple of weeks after making the offer, he gives it up.

So Peter comes back. But he came back because an occasion that interested him most faded away. These are not the best circumstances to find yourself. We continue to work, forgive him and forget everything,
or at least pretend. "

But while Friedkin proceeds without Peter - he then made the film "Sorcerer" in 1977 with the Tangerine Dream soundtrack and it was a fiasco - on the Genesis in Headley Grange another storm is about to blow.

On July 26, 1974, in the middle of the composition, Gabriel's daughter Anna was born; during childbirth the baby comes into the world with the umbilical cord wrapped around the neck, cyanotic. He also inhaled amniotic fluid during childbirth and doctors also suspect meningitis. He spent two
weeks in an incubator with doctors uncertain about his chances of survival.

“Unfortunately Peter is always overwhelmed, and not just by the workload. Things in the family are going badly: his wife Jill has a difficult pregnancy, not me
know what it is. The result is that sometimes he is absent, which means that we go inside without him. This does not help us think like one man
for such an ambitious project. ",
writes Phil Collins.

"Gabriel describes those first two weeks of his daughter's life as" really traumatic "and the bandmates as" incredibly indifferent. They were pissed off because I wasn't taking the album
seriously like a son of mine "(Bright, 1988, pp. 4-5)», he writes Kevin Holm-Hudson.

Listen to i demos and the tests at Headley Grande of Genesis:

During the Headley Grange sessions, the group made a experiment:

"According to Tony Banks," We shut it down all the lights and only made noise. The weather was truly frightening "(Fielder, 1984, p.92) », he says Holm-Hudson. «Collins provides further details:"We were all getting very intense; Peter was blowing his oboe into the microphone, then his was playing flute with ecoplex, when suddenly there was this great thunder e it started raining. We all thought: 'We got in touch with something strong. '

It was about five or six in the morning evening and we made all these strange noises when the storm started and it started raining. Then we all changed gears and went into one a really melodic mood.

At times like this we were truly one what and we worked well together with "The Lamb". And the size of the double album there given the opportunity to do so. "(Fielder, 1984, p.ninety two)."

In August 1974, the group left Headley Grange and moves in Wales to complete the album. Which, despite or thanks to the vicissitudes of which the ancient estate has been silent witness, is the masterpiece we know and also a turning point in the Genesis career.

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