On sunday 02/10 it will be an astonishing 40 years since that equally astonishing evening in Milton Keynes.
I'm sure for everyone there it is something they will never forget, even a terrifying 40 years later.
I wanted to reach out and see if anyone else was there, and hear their stories. It's hard to not sound like a pub bore, but really, if you weren't there it's hard to explain what the atmosphere was like. However magical you think it was, multiply by 10.
I'll get us going...
I was 17 and some of my school mates and older brothers hired a minivan to travel down from St Helens, in Merseyside. It's a fair old way, and we must have set off very early, because we got to Milton Keynes bowl at about 9am. Even by then there were a lot of people queuing to get in.
Most of the time between getting there and Genesis coming on stage is a blur, other than Talk Talk getting a rather unnecessary bottling from the crowd.
After a somewhat pointless introduction from Jonathan King, the lights went down and the kick drum intro to Back in NYC started up. I doubt many of us thought they would go into that song to start the show.
At this point a coffin was carried onto the stage, and Peter, dressed as Rael, gets out and launches in Back in NYC.
The crowd went BERSERK. I still get goose bumps thinking about the crowd reaction. I'm not going to list the whole setlist, but suffice it to say, it was 2 hours of sheer magic. The atmosphere was something I've very rarely experienced at any gig, with Kate Bush at Hammersmith, being the only other exception.
And of course, the night was topped off by Steve coming on to play IKWIL and The Knife. Cue crowd going berserk again.
I still feel very blessed to have been there. It is a magical memory that means so much to me, hence me starting this thread.
There's loads more to the story, but I'll let someone else take it from here.
So what about it people?
ps I forgot to mention. Rain. Lots of it. I mean, seriously. A lot of rain.