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    Genesis - The Invisible Tour 1986/87

    Think Big: Genesis tour the world with a spectacular light show


    Since the completition of the Mama tour in February 1984, Phil, Mike and Tony had gone their separate ways with various solo projects. Inevitably, press reports suggested the split of the band following Phil's solo success and continued session and production work. However the fans need not have worried as studio work began in the autumn of 1985, with premiers of the new material first on the B.B.C. TV's Old Grey Whistle Test programme on 17.12.85. As well as the first single Invisible Touch, parts of another track were played under the title of Monkey Zulu, subsequently being titled Tonight, Tonight, Tonight.

    TicketUndoubtly the most commercial album to date Invisible Touch produced an incredible 5 singles, which all charted in North America although not reaching similar success in Europe. Assisted by the video promos by Jim Yukich's team, the band's popularity in the states reached an all time high, and inevitably the subsequent tour was scheduled to begin in the USA in September 1986. There were various attempts to take the tour further around the world than previously, with suggestions of concerts in communist China and the USSR. In the event however these plans failed to materialize, but Genesis did at last achieve the long promised trip to Australia and New Zealand, and in addition made the trip across the crumbling iron curtain to Hungary.

    1Tour rehearsels took place in Dallas and several reports credit rehearsels of old favourites like Carpet Crawlers which unfortunatelly never made the tour set. Apparently the non album track Do The Neurotic was rehearsed as a possible set closing number but eventually the old favourite Los Endos was retained. Backed by the refined light show, the tour began as scheduled in Detroit under the official title Invisible Tour. Due to huge ticket demand, only stadiums and outdoor arenas were considered, and this as well as mixed feelings over some of the shorter singles from the latest album continued the errosion of some of the bands older fan base, being more than replaced, in numbers at least, by many new fans. At least the introduction of near perfect video sreens assisted the view at some of the larger venues. As well as live prospects of the band on stage, the video promos were played on these screens with the Benny Hill appearance on Anything She Does greeting the audience prior to the opening number of the set.

    In a radio interview, towards the end of the tour, Mike Rutherford gave the total of shows played as 112 in 59 cities, frequently with 3-4 concerts per town.


    With such a tightly organized schedule it was perhaps inevitable that the set should remain largly standardized. Three variations were played, as follows:

    North America, September - October:

    Mama, Abacab, Land Of Confusion, That's All, Domino, In To Deep, The Brazilian, Follow You Follow Me, Tonight Tonight Tonight, Home By The Sea/ Second Home By The Sea, Throwing It All Away, medley: In The Cage/ In That Quiet Earth/ Apocalypse in 9/8/ As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs, Invisible Touch, Los Endos, Turn It On Again-medley

    Australia / New Zealand, November - December

    2Mama, Abacab, Domino, Your Own Special Way, In Too Deep, The Brazilian, That's All, Home By The Sea/ Second Home By The Sea, Throwing It All Away, medley: In The Cage/ In That Quiet Earth/ Apocalypse in 9/8/ As Sure As Eggs Is Eggs, Invisible Touch, Los Endos, Turn It On Again-medley

    Remainder of tour:

    Mama, Abacab, Domino, That's All, The Brazilian, medley: In The Cage/ In That Quiet Earth/ Afterglow, Land Of Confusion, Tonight Tonight Tonight, Throwing It All Away, Home By The Sea/ Second Home By The Sea, Invisible Touch, Los Endos, Turn It On Again-medley

    During the Australian tour the medley changed with the return of In That Quiet Earth and Afterglow in the place of Unquiet Slumbers and Supper's Ready sections.

    3Other set changes were fairly minor. Due to fighting in the crowd at Rotterdam, the Turn It On Again-medley was cut short for safety reasons. The main alternation was the occasional obmission of Tonight Tonight Tonight, particulary at indoor stadium gigs, due to problems with Phil´s voice caused mainly by the amount of smoke build up from the audience. These problems would return during the next tour in 1992 as we shall see later. Close examination shows that in some of these problem venues, slight variations were made in other numbers of the set to assist in high note sections.

    Of particular note in the Australian tour dates was the return of Your Own Special Way for the first time since 1977. Australian regulations apparently insist on involvement of local musicians in all live concerts and an eight piece string section was therefore added for this track and In Too Deep. Apparently the same musicians had assisted Phil's solo band during his 1985/86 tour dates which no doubt resulted in their selection here.

    Other sections of the sets were subject to slight changes. Phil's audience participation time before Home By The Sea was retained, but with the climax amended to the levitation of the arena during the contact with the other world. Audience participation was also sought during the introduction to Domino, and the closing introductions of the Turn It On Again-medley. The composition of this medley also standardized after the 1983/84 tour experimentations.

    4In retrospect therefore, what were the most memorable moments of the tour? Working screens and expertly handled lightning compensated the problems of massive venues to a great extent, and the official tour video and Visible Touch promo documentary gave a good moment of the tour itself (both have been combined on one release on the DVD Live At Wembley Stadium in 2003, which is also part of the Movie Box, released in 2009). The reduction of classic tracks in the set caused some illfeeling amongst older fans and in retrospect it might have been better to remain the original medley for the European dates. Overall however the tour was a complete success, for both old and new fans.

    Unusually, Genesis re-formed twice for single events over the next three years, and as the make up for the sets were obviously influenced by the Invisible Touch tour sets it is worth mentioning them here.

    access passFirstly, the band appeared at the Atlantic Records birthday party at Madison Square Gardens on 14th May 1988. A condensed set included portions of solo members material:

    Turn It On Again, That's All, Tonight Tonight Tonight, Land Of Confusion, Mama, Invisible Touch, All I Need Is A Miracle, You Can't Hurry Love, Shortcut To Somewhere, Turn It On Again - reprise

    Finally the band regrouped at Knebworth on 30th June 1990 for a charity concert and played Mama, Throwing It All Away and the Turn It On Again-medley together with Phil´s solo band which had played an earlier set.


    by Mike Jackson
    Photos by Guido Truffer, scans by Peter Schütz



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    Tour dates of the Invisible Tour
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    18.09.86 Detroit - Joe Louis Arena
    USA
    19.09.86 Detroit - Joe Louis Arena USA
    20.09.86 Detroit - Joe Louis Arena USA
    22.09.86 Toronto - CNE Grandstand
    Canada
    24.09.86 Philadelphia - Spectrum
    USA
    25.09.86 Philadelphia - Spectrum
    USA
    26.09.86 Philadelphia - Spectrum
    USA
    27.09.86 Philadelphia - Spectrum
    USA
    29.09.86 New York - Madison Square Garden
    USA
    30.09.86 New York - Madison Square Garden
    USA
    01.10.86 New York - Madison Square Garden
    USA
    02.10.86 New York - Madison Square Garden
    USA
    03.10.86 New York - Madison Square Garden
    USA
    05.10.86 Chicago - Rosemont Horizon
    USA
    06.10.86 Chicago - Rosemont Horizon
    USA
    07.10.86 Chicago - Rosemont Horizon
    USA
    08.10.86 Chicago - Rosemont Horizon USA
    10.10.86 Chicago - Rosemont Horizon USA
    13.10.86 Los Angeles - Forum
    USA
    14.10.86 Los Angeles - Forum
    USA
    15.10.86 Los Angeles - Forum USA
    16.10.86 Los Angeles - Forum USA
    17.10.86 Los Angeles - Forum USA
    19.10.86 Oakland - Forum USA
    20.10.86 Oakland - Forum USA
    21.10.86 Oakland - Forum USA
    22.10.86 Oakland - Forum USA
    23.10.86 Oakland - Forum USA
    24.10.86 Oakland - Forum USA
    23.11.86 Auckland - Weston Springs
    New Zealand
    25.11.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    26.11.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    27.11.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    29.11.86 Brisbane - Boondall Centre
    Australia
    30.11.86 Brisbane - Boondall Centre Australia
    02.12.85 Adelaide - Westlakes Oval
    Australia
    05.12.86 Perth - Entertainment Centre
    Australia
    06.12.86 Perth - Entertainment Centre Australia
    09.12.86 Melbourne - National Tennis Centre
    Australia
    10.12.86 Melbourne - National Tennis Centre Australia
    11.12.86 Melbourne - National Tennis Centre Australia
    13.12.86 Melbourne - Olympic Park
    Australia
    15.12.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre
    Australia
    16.12.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    17.12.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    18.12.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    19.12.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    20.12.86 Sydney - Entertainment Centre Australia
    15.01.87 Houston - The Summit
    USA
    16.01.87 Houston - The Summit USA
    18.01.87 Dallas - Reunion Center
    USA
    19.01.87 Dallas - Reunion Center USA
    21.01.87 Kansas City - Kemper Arena
    USA
    22.01.87 Kansas City - Kemper Arena USA
    23.01.87 Chapel Hill - Dean Smith Center
    USA
    24.01.87 Indianapolis - Hoosier Dome
    USA
    25.01.87 Richfield - Coliseum
    USA
    26.01.87 Richfield - Coliseum USA
    27.01.87 Richfield - Coliseum USA
    29.01.87 Landover - Capitol Center
    USA
    31.01.87 Chapel Hill - Dean Smith Arena
    USA
    01.02.87 Lexington - Rupp Arena
    USA
    15.02.87 Hartford - Civic Center
    USA
    16.02.87 Worcester - Centrum
    USA
    17.02.87 Worcester - Centrum USA
    18.02.87 Worcester - Centrum USA
    20.02.87 Hampton - Coliseum
    USA
    21.02.87 Hampton - Coliseum USA
    22.02.87 Chapel Hill - Dean Smith Arena USA
    23.02.87 Greensboro - Coliseum USA
    25.02.87 Atlanta - The Omni
    USA
    26.02.87 Atlanta - The Omni USA
    28.02.87 Orlando - Orange Bowl
    USA
    01.03.87 Miami - Citrus Bowl
    USA
    13.03.87 Tokio - Budokan Hall
    Japan
    14.03.87 Tokio - Budokan Hall Japan
    15.03.87 Tokio - Budokan Hall Japan
    16.03.87 Tokio - Budokan Hall Japan
    18.03.87 Osaka - Caste Hall
    Japan
    19.03.87 Osaka - Caste Hall Japan
    10.05.87 Malaga - Edstadio La Rosaleda
    Spain
    13.05.87 Madrid - Estadio Vic. Calderon
    Spain
    15.05.87 Mailand - Stadio San Siro
    Italy
    16.05.87 Montreux - Jazz Festivaö Casino
    Switzerland
    17.05.87 Rom - Stadio Flaminio
    Italy
    19.05.87 Toulouse - Stade Sept Deniers
    France
    22.05.87 Los Angeles - Dodger Stadium
    USA
    24.05.87 Pittsburgh - Three Rivers Stadium
    USA
    26.05.87 Washington DC - RFK Stadium
    USA
    28.05.87 Philadelphia - Veterans Stadium
    USA
    29.05.87 Philadelphia - Veterans Stadium USA
    30.05.87 East Rutherford - Giants Stadium
    USA
    31.05.87 East Rutherford - Giants Stadium USA
    02.06.87 Paris - Palais Omnisports Bercy
    France
    03.06.87 Paris - L'Hippodrome de Vinc.
    France
    05.06.87 Kopenhagen - Gentofte Stadium
    Denmark
    07.06.87 Hannover - Niedersachsenstadion
    Germany
    08.06.87 Berlin - Reichstagsgelände
    Germany
    10.06.87 Dortmund - Westfalenhalle
    Germany
    11.06.87 Rotterdam - Feyenoord Stadium
    Netherlands
    13.06.87 Basel - St. Jakob Stadion
    Switzerland
    14.06.87 Nancy - Stade Marcel Picot
    France
    16.06.87 Wien - Praterstadion
    Austria
    18.06.87 Budapest - Nepstadion
    Hungary
    20.06.87 Mannheim - Maimarktgelände
    Germany
    21.06.87 München - Olympiastadion
    Germany
    23.06.87 Lyon - Stade de la Beaujoire
    France
    26.06.87 Glasgow - Hampden Park
    UK
    28.06.87 Leeds - Roundhay Park
    UK
    01.07.87 London - Wembley Stadium UK
    02.07.87 London - Wembley Stadium UK
    03.07.87 London - Wembley Stadium UK
    04.07.87 London - Wembley Stadium
    UK

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