24, 25, 26 March 2022 | Genesis live in LONDON | reports

  • I saw the March 24 show, only my second time seeing Genesis but that's probably due to my age (38).


    I will freely admit that I was disappointed with the setlist upon learning it. I'm not trying to be negative for the sake of it, just being honest. I thought that for a final tour it was very safe and too similar to 2007.


    I have my own ideas for what a setlist could have looked like, but if they added three songs we know they rehearsed - The Musical Box (Closing Section), Abacab, and Supper's Ready (either Lover's Leap for the acoustic section or Apocalypse In 9/8 as part of the medley -- that alone would have been much better. Perhaps replace Home by the Sea with Abacab, as the runtime would have been too much otherwise.


    HOWEVER...


    I still had a marvellous time. The band sounded great, the drums was booming and Phil's voice was very impressive and not all weak. He also nailed a lot of the lyrics with minimal flubs, and was in great humour as always.


    I cried during Afterglow, first time I've ever got that emotional seeing a concert. I lost my nan in November and that combined with the fact I was seeing the guys for the last time set me off. The song sounded beautiful; it was a very powerful moment for me and worth the price of the ticket alone. I will never forget that performance.


    Duchess, Domino, Home by the Sea, Land of Confusion, Fading Lights/Cinema Show, Dancing with the Moonlit Knight, and Carpet Crawlers were fantastic, although the whole show was brilliant. Oh, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, while being somewhat of a polarising arrangement , was great, IMO!


    Thank you for the memories, Genesis.

  • I have my own ideas for what a setlist could have looked like, but if they added three songs we know they rehearsed - The Musical Box (Closing Section), Abacab, and Supper's Ready (either Lover's Leap for the acoustic section or Apocalypse In 9/8 as part of the medley -- that alone would have been much better.

    Unfortunately it's all hypothetical now....but I like the idea of Firth of Fifth...Apocalypse as a piece....that would have blown the roof off!!

    IKWIL would then have worked well as one of the encores.

  • I keep having ideas... Even if it is pointless.

    - They could have done the first 2 verses and choruses of Ripples during the acoustic medley;

    - They could have played A trick of the Tail, in a similar way to That's All. They never played it ? That's the point ! That would have been a great surprise...

    - Same for Lovers's Leap.

    -Instead of going straight into Cinema Show, they could have played Unquiet Slumbers (same key of E Major !), to make a smoother transition. They never played it ? Again, that's the point !


    Anyway...

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    - They could have played A trick of the Tail, in a similar way to That's All. They never played it ? That's the point ! That would have been a great surprise...

    I couldn't agree more. I've been thinking during the tour that A Trick of the Tail would be a superb choice for three reasons:


    1) It's a simple song that would fit well into the acoustic set, Phil wouldn't struggle too much with it at all nor would the musicians.

    2) It's short, so it wouldn't extend the run time too much.

    3) It hasn't been done before, making it a nice treat (and ensures Trick is represented).


    Obviously this is all moot now; the tour's over, but still it's nice to dream! :D

  • There's lots they could have done....but in the end they did what they wanted. Two years ago when they announced the tour, they said that Nic drummed like a young Phil and that gave them the opportunity to play some material that was *very* old and hadn't been done in a *long* time....but in the end they decided they didn't like how it sounded. Which is also probably why they haven't played certain songs since 1980 or 1982. Perhaps sad that they no longer love these songs that they wrote and which mean so much to us...but nothing much we can do to change that.


    Yes, the set was "safe". But it was also the material Genesis collectively wanted to play/sing.

  • Some time has passed ... I saw the first and third show in London and enjoyed them both. The first one was a bit difficult for me, for some reason I was really emotional. The final show then was more like a bittersweet farewell for me. I smiled more than I was sad. But of course it really was sad to hear Phil say that this was their final show. Same with the "Peter Gabriel is in the audience" part. There was this "get on the f''''' stage" moment.

    In the end I was happy they didn't do it. They ended this tour as they have started it, just stronger. And it was a goodbye for Tony, Phil and Mike - Peter and Steve have nothing to do with that. A reunion show could have happened 15 - 17 years ago and they didn't do it, so that chance is lost forever.


    Thanks for the music, that will stay! And unforgettable moments during their final tour, which was so much stronger than I expected.

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