So Awesome! So YOU were the rowdy one in the crowd!
That's me. A 14yo loudmouth.
That must have been incredible. What are your standout memories of the gig?
The closeness. I hadn't seen them until that tour, at another London gig in March (in an upstairs seat in a much larger theatre), but my brother had been to the 77/78 Earls Court/Knebworth enormo-gigs yet here I was in a 1500-capacity theatre and they were right there (although part of me slightly resented not getting a huge show with lasers and mirrors!). For this show I'd queued overnight for tickets a few nights earlier, a strange and memorable experience for a young teen so there was that too.
It was a big moment when PC walked over to the drumkit for the first instrumental break in OFTV, his first bit of drumming in that show. Just him walking over had people cheering and clapping during that quiet reflective passage! At the March gig it was pre-release of Duke so all that stuff was new to me, and by far the most vivid memory was the Duchess intro. It was unlike any Genesis I'd heard before and I was captivated, so at the Lyceum show I now watched them do it with the knowledge of how good it was, which was different but no less brilliant.
To sound slightly misanthropic about such a landmark gig, but just being honest, I was a little miffed that PC's between-songs script was practically identical to the March gig I'd seen. I'd understand that a bit more now I think, though. And I got very impatient at how drawn-out Joe was, it's not a song I like much anyway and it felt a bit tedious at those gigs.
But those quibbles aside of course it was exciting, still a top 10 gig of mine. Amazing to think that 40+ years later, I'm discussing it with fellow fans around the world and realising I was at a gig now regarded so highly in Genesis lore. I'll never lose the tingly feeling of that.