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Genesis: 50 years ago the first concert without Anthony Phillips, 6 August 1970 - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

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On August 6, 1970, Genesis resumed the tour of From Genesis to Revelation in the Gaumont Cinema in Doncaster in the UK, without Anthony Phillips.

In fact, a few days earlier, on July 18, at Sussex Hall in Haywards Heath, Ant had performed in concert for the last time with the 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, as we will see later.

Among the many Genesis engagements in that period was the recording of the Jackson Tapes on 9 January 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 said in 2007. He also 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.

Here is a very rare Genesis video in concert at that time. It was filmed at the Atomic Sunrise Festival on March 11, 1970 at the Roundhouse Club in London:

That July 18th 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", remembers Mike inautobiography. Anthony seems irreplaceable, the Genesis appear to be 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 no pause is considered to allow Anthony to gather ideas. Must go on.

Here are the Genesis that perform 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 be other departures - reveals Mike -, but none would have the effect on me that leaving Ant had".

The Genesis take advantage of this to make a small revolution. Phil Collins, who will be supporting the audition in these days, and Steve Hackett are about to join the band.

A bond with Ant, however, has not broken. In his first solo album The Geese And The Ghost, there is several material composed with Mike. Phil Collins sings in two tracks and John Hackett plays the flute there. And in the first demos of Peter Gabriel after leaving Genesis there is Ant's hand.

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Harlequin: Loving Peter Gabriel by Nanako via Instagram

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The Last Domino? Tour: 2020 shows canceled, NEW DATES 2021 & TICKETS

I Genesis: The Last Domino? Tour, DATE MOVE TO 2021 with two more shows. Here are the NEW DATES the words, the news, the press review, the tickets on sale.

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The autumn 2020 dates were rescheduled in April 2021: Here are the old and the new ones:

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Genesis will gather for a UK tour, 14 years after the l: Here they are: gold last performance.

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford have confirmed the reunion in the Zoe Ball program on BBC Radio 2.

The trio will be joined by Collins's XNUMX-year-old son, Nicholas on drums and Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass.

Here are the words of the Genesis:

"I think it's the right time"Banks said. "We are all good friends, we are all mature and ... here we are".

"I will do my best to play some parts of the tour", Phil Collins explained. "I have to start thinking about it seriously, but I've already calculated what I'm going to do and what songs to play."

"We all thought, 'Why not?', Collins said. "It seems a somewhat pathetic reason, but we like mutual company, we like playing together."

Banks added that the trio did not ask Gabriel to participate in the reunion tour, Because "Most of the songs people know came after he left. Peter left the band 45 years ago and has lived as he wanted since then."

"There is a Genesis sound that is still present", said Mike Rutherford. "I missed it, it's nice to play it again."

"It's a good feeling, it's the right time, we can't wait to do it", continued Mike Rutherford. Many of our contemporaries have played a lot, we've done two shows in the UK in the past 28 years. "

On eighteen year old son Nicholas, who will play the drums in ShowPhil Collins said: "He sounds like me and has the same attitude. So it's a good place to start."

On the potential lineup, Collins said: "There are songs that you feel you have to play because the audience would feel cheated if you didn't, then it's about putting together the rest of the material with songs that we haven't played for a long time. But there are some old dogs that won't run." .

The voices of one reunion they have been around since Collins and Rutherford performed together in Berlin last June.

Collins then hinted at the possibility of one reunion: "We remain close friends, so you never know."

Earlier this week, a photograph of the three members appeared on theaccount Genesis official Instagram with the caption: "And then there were three."

The last Genesis concert dates back to 2007, when the British group played at the Circus Maximus in Rome, in a free concert, in front of over 500 thousand spectators.

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Harlequin: "And Through The Wire" Peter Gabriel Cover by Elements of Medical - VIDEO

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«Elements of Medical covering this great Peter Gabriel song. With Mark McCrite (vocals), Marc Godino (guitar), Dan Cubert (everything else). "

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Seven Stones, seven milestones of Genesis & Co .: "Take off"

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1) Genesis "Home by the Sea" (1983). The lyrics of the song are actually not very summery and related to the sea: it talks about a thief, who breaks into a house only to find out that she is haunted. The thief is captured by ghosts, which force him to listen to their stories for the rest of his life.

2) Peter Gabriel "Red Rain" (1986). Again the sea is rather disturbing. In fact, the text was inspired by a recurring dream in which Gabriel swam in a sea of ​​red water. Gabriel explained to the magazine "Mojo" in September 2013: "Red Rain" was written after a dream I had had in which the sea was divided by two walls. There were these glass figures, which screwed into each wall, filled with red blood and then were lowered onto the sand, where they unloaded the blood. I had these extremely vivid dreams that scared me to death. "

3) Mike + The Mechanics "Beggar on a Beach of Gold" (1995). The beach is a metaphor, also underlined by the cover, in which Mike is sitting barefoot on an expanse of gold coins. As if to say that it is about appreciating what we have here and now and not looking for what we cannot get anyway. Appreciate what we have, even the little things.

4) Phil Collins "Too Many Fish in the Sea" (2010). It is a hit song from 1964 recorded by the singing group Motown The Marvelettes. It was the group's first hit, in the top 40 for almost a year, reaching number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was one of the first hit singles written by Norman Whitfield and Eddie Holland. It was also the first single produced by Whitfield. In 2010 Phil Collins inserted it in "Going Back", her eighth studio solo album, with cover of the Motown of the 60s and soul standards. "Too Many Fish in the Sea" was given a free preview to new users registered on the renewed Phil website. Then he was part of the bonus tracks of the DVD and of "The Essential Going Back", a reissue released on June 10, 2016. Here too the fish of the title are a metaphor.

5) Ray Wilson "Song for a Friend" (2016). In the song Ray he lets himself go to the memories: "If you look over there, that's where I was born". The song is based on simple flashes of memories about his mother: "She was just the best mom in the world", which is compared to the fresh and clear sea air.

6) Steve Hackett "Loving Sea" (2015). Steve explained it in this video, published on July 26, 2020:

7) Anthony Phillips "The Sea and the Armadillo" (1984). It is part of the album "Private Parts and Pieces IV: A Catch at the Tables", Ant's ninth studio work and fourth chapter of his "Private Parts & Pieces" series. The piece is instrumental. In the album, between sea and lake ("Down Over The Lake"), water is very present, even on the cover:

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Harlequin: Genesis Firth of Fifth Piano / Vocal Cover by Jon Ross - VIDEO

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"I've been a Genesis fan ever since I was a teenager (ca. 1986) and am finally getting around to recording some Genesis covers. Here's one of them. Enjoy! "

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Phil Collins' places: London-Concorde-Philadelphia and back - PHIL REMEMBRANCE

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On July 13, 1985 Phil Collins is the protagonist of a sensational double performance at Live Aid, one in London, the other in Philadelphia, on the other side of the Atlantic.

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Around three in the afternoon Phil and Sting take the stage at Wembley, greeted by a roar of the audience.

But not everything goes smoothly: Sting forgets the words of Every Breath You Take.

"A moment before entering the scene, with the utmost ease, Sting warns me:" By the way, sometimes I mess with words ... ". A moment later, standing in front of the piano, I struggle to read the verses while he left for the bribe on the other side of the stage: «Every breath ... every move ... every bond ...» ", Phil recalls in his autobiography "No, I'm not dead yet", trad. Anna Mioni, Mondadori.

Not only. The day is very hot, even in London. Phil again:

"The stage is white, the sun is shining and one dies of heat. I am so sweaty that while I play Against All Odds a finger slips on the piano keys. A real cue, I almost shiver the eighty thousand fans who fill Wembley. And not only them , that wrong note has gone all over the world. If we add the Every Breath mess, I'm already making the beginner figure. "

Phil also performs at Wembley In The Air Tonight, poi, together with Sting, here Long Long Way to Go:

London's Phil Collins performance ends like this. But not his long day. A waits for him Concord for the United States. Remember Phil:

"I didn't want to go for the only braggar who played at both concerts, and they had assured me that Duran Duran would also fly to Philadelphia. Except that, for some reason, Duran Duran perform only in America. In short, at any moment the atmosphere changes completely. "

Indeed, halfway through the flight of Concord, a television link from the plane is scheduled. There he is:

And here's how Phil remembers it:

"In television studios in London, the presenters of the with the BBC fuel the excitement of the audience. «Here we are live with Phil Collins from the Concorde booth! How's it going, Phil? "

«All right, we are halfway ...»

Billy Connolly, Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! and Pamela Stephenson, the guests in the studio, are perplexed. They hear nothing but indistinct chicks and interference. "

Arrived by helicopter from JFK Airport of New York at JFK Stadium Phil Philadelphia accompanies Eric Clapton on drums White Room:

She's Waiting:

E Layla:

Phil remenbers: "The set with Eric is fun and carefree. With his drummer Jamie we avoid cutting our way, and the result is splendid."

Then he performs alone. Again Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) e In the Air Tonight:

So it is the most delicate moment of the reunion of Led Zeppelin. Phil will play with them. His friend Robert Plant had invited him, even before the other former members were involved and Live Aid turned into their sensational return together. But even before going on stage, the atmosphere is not the best.

Phil: "Robert alone: ​​an adorable guy. Robert and everything that has to do with the Zeppelins: it's like a strange and malevolent chemical reaction is produced. It's all dark, even diabolical. Jimmy is obviously - let's say - nervous and irritable . (...) now they are introducing me to John Paul Jones, who is silent as a fish. Then it's Tony Thompson's turn. I realize that he treats me with extreme coldness. (...) I talk to him about the risks of the two drummers on stage: I have been doing it with Genesis and my band for years, I know perfectly well how easy it is to go downhill. The secret, as I learned at my expense, is to be simple. Tony's gaze, however, tells me that he does not know what to do with the "tips" of an opportunist who has just landed from overseas with the Concorde. "

Phil introduces Robert Plant and Led Zeppelin (here is the whole exhibition):

perform Rock And Roll, Whole Lotta Love e Stairway to Heaven.

But Phil doesn't have a good memory of the performance: "From the beginning I realize that things are not going in the right direction. From my position I feel little Robert, but enough to realize that it is not at its best. The same goes for Jimmy.

I don't even remember playing Rock and Roll, but I know I did. But I remember long and atrocious minutes of what Robert disdainfully calls "knitting", or the effect drumming (...) beating the air to avoid contributing to the disaster. If I had known about the other drummer, I would have called out well before I got to Philadelphia.

On stage, I keep my eyes glued to Tony Thompson. I have to go after him, because he beats like a damned man and has decided to ignore my advice. (...) The point is that I felt frighteningly uncomfortable, if I could I would have left the stage in the middle of Stairway, if not before. But can you imagine the reactions? "

And with some relief that Phil completes the performance with Led Zeppelin. Now he "only" has to face an interview with them. Here she is:

Phil again from his autobiography: "Hunter starts asking simple questions, but nobody takes him seriously. Robert and Jimmy give vague and impertinent answers, John Paul Jones is always silent as a fish.

I'm sorry about Hunter. He is live worldwide and the audience is watching him with bated breath, but the boys are making him look like an idiot. And so, despite not having any title, I try to save the salvable by answering me. "

Backstage Collins also has breath to summarize this long day in a single interview, still with Hunter:

But in his autobiography the summary is far more cutting and effective: "Wembley, Heathrow, Concorde, the JFK (airport and stadium), the four performances, one of them infernal ".

A final curiosity: on the Concord Collins had met actress and singer Cher, who was unaware of the concerts. After reaching the United States, she witnessed the one in Philadelphia and you can see her performing in the final collective song We Are the World.

Phil had also been invited to attend, but had declined from exhaustion (and not only, given how it had gone with Plant & Co.).

"In the hotel I turn on the TV and see the last spasms of the Philadelphia concert. Wait, who's the one on stage? Cher - says Phil-.

It is the worthy conclusion of a day of madness. Not only has she managed to get in, but she has a microphone in her hand and is singing We Are the World. Maybe just my verse. "

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Ipse Dixit: Steve Hackett and his musical stories FROM HOME - ALL VIDEOS

Ipse Dixit, Genesis & Co. talk about Genesis & Co.

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In a series of videos Steve Hackett talks about the songs of Genesis and those of his solo albums, favored by fans.


«Here is my latest fan beans Genesis track chat - this time on The Musical Box. Stay safe and enjoy! " Steve Hackett from Twitter:

«Here is my latest fan beans Genesis chat track video, this time on Ripples. " Steve Hackett on Facebook:

"Here is my latest Genesis song fan fave track-chat, this time on Supper's Ready»Steve Hackett from Twitter:

«Here's my latest chat-track video on your favorite Genesis songs. This time it's The Cinema Show ... Enjoy! Stay safe everyone ... Warmest wishes to all. " Steve Hackett from Facebook.

"Thank you everyone for your feedback on favorite solo and Genesis tracks. I've been through hundreds of responses! Initially, I'm doing a series on your top ten Genesis tracks. This is the first one, chat-track on Firth of Fifth. I hope you enjoy! Stay safe, and warmest wishes to all. " Steve Hackett from Facebook.

Shadow of the Hierophant:

Please don't touch:

Camino Royale:

Nomads off Out of the Tunnels's Mouth:

Shadow and Flame:

Those Golden Wings:

The Hungry Years:

Steve also told the Genesis Selling England By The Pound album online from his home.

The interview is part of the Classic Albums At Home Sunday program, events that have arisen since the blockade in the UK.

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Harlequin: Dance on a Volcano, oil painting inspired by Genesis

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Dancing on a Volcano - inspired by Genesis

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Harlequin: Land of Confusion (Genesis cover) by Tracie Morgan - VIDEO

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