I have a sad addition. We've just lost Judith Durham, voice of the Seekers. Check out their majestic version of The Carnival Is Over. RIP.
Lovely voice, made a few timeless records and left the stage (well The Seekers). I love that she just wanted to sing and avoid all the hoopla.
Born in 1960, if I had to pick one decade it would be the 1970s. The best decade for album releases, A Trick of the Tail, The Dark Side of the Moon, Led Zeppelin IV, Rumours etc. There has been great music produced in all time periods but the albums I play the most were released when I was at school.
Dave Gilmour should play Glastonbury and invite Kate to sing on a couple of songs. She is perhaps more likely to appear with him and reprise their performance at the Secret Policeman's Ball in 1987 (Running Up That Hill), and The Royal Festival Hall in 2002 (Comfortably Numb).
Excluding Supper's Ready, for Genesis it would be One for the Vine as their epic followed by Ripples.
Grendel - Marillion
Astronomy - Blue Oyster Cult (Some Enchanted Evening)
Everyone is left in no doubt that its Steve's show, but I agree that Nad should be centre and let off the leash a little to liven things up. He tends to shuffle on and off. Can't blame Steve for doing the Genesis material (they do it well), it is obviously a lot more remunerative than his solo work (I bought the early stuff but then lost interest). Always wondered if he ever had any regrets about leaving Genesis.
I would expect she has been invited to headline at Glastonbury every year. Even guesting with another artist would be great, imagine her duetting with Paul McCartney.
The tour doc was released on DVD in North America only. My question for Tony Smith is, will this be released on blu ray in the UK?
I never bought Abacab (no idea what the title means) and listened to a friend's copy. I played it on YouTube this week, it hasn't improved.
Maybe this time Amanda is playing for free and paying her own hotel bills?
Once you get a reputation it's impossible to shake off. I don't know why Gary left but he was a fine singer and drummer. Financially, the best thing Steve did was to play Genesis material, I bought his first couple of albums but he needed to be with other talented songwriters.
I think not recording the London shows is the final act in their disregard of fans' wishes over a long period. It was a tour of arenas rather than the stadia of the 2007 tour, and there would have been many people who couldn't attend but nonetheless would buy a recording.
Clearly, Phil was struggling and his voice is not what it was, but the tour was the final act in the band's long history. They put out Sum Of The Parts on blu ray when nobody would have asked for it, yet they are not bothering with their swansong, I don't get it.
During their pop phase, Phil was front and centre and he had a bigger influence on their band material than he had had during the 1970s. I really view this as similar to the change in Marillion when Fish left (although Phil didn't leave until later) and although some fans liked both incarnations, many of us were left behind. Jesus and Dance are lightyears away from Watcher and Vine and I think this is why there has always been a clamour by older fans for a collaboration with Peter and Steve. Certainly during the 1980s their concerts were very pop heavy, with the classical material languishing as the 'old medley'.
What are your favourite live recordings, whether on CD, DVD, BRD, or even VHS. I have limited myself to one per artist:
Genesis - When in Rome DVD (sadly!)
The Moody Blues - Lovely to see you BRD
Hawkwind - Live 79 CD
ELO - Wembley or Bust BRD
David Gilmour - Live at Pompeii BRD
Neil Finn & friends - 7 Worlds Collide DVD
Blue Oyster Cult - Some Enchanted Evening CD
David Bowie - A Reality Tour DVD
Glen Campbell - Live in Sioux Falls DVD
Dido - Live at Brixton Academy DVD
Camel - Live at RAH BRD
Eric Clapton - Lady in the Balcony 4KD
a-ha - Unplugged Summer Solstice BRD
Steve Hackett - Total Experience Live in Liverpool (had the most trouble with this as I have more by Steve than anyone else) BRD
Justin Hayward - Spirits Live BRD
Various - Concert for George BRD
TB enjoyed having hits (that's clear from his many interviews), and that influence came from Phil, who over time and with his growing confidence, steered them in a different direction.
I think there have been two incarnations of Genesis, not with and without PG, but between classical Genesis (up to Duke) and popular Genesis (post Duke). Duke was the last studio album I bought, as the more Phil influenced material left me behind. I can listen to the newer songs when included on live recordings/DVDs etc, but otherwise I don't play the more recent popular stuff.
Does 'cool' mean liked or fashionable. It was never fashionable to like ABBA, but everyone did (many secretly!). I think it's partly because Genesis transcend narrow categorisation. I don't think it's hyperbole to compare their compositions to the great classical composers. When you strip their sound down to just a piano arrangement, you can hear how special they are and how long-lived their music will be.
It's the same with Bowie, when you hear Rick Wakeman play Space Oddity and Life on Mars, you realise how special he was (if you didn't already).
From a new interview to Genesis manager Tony Smith from IQ magazine.
"There a couple of other Genesis projects in the background at the moment , we're looking into orchestral stuff and thinks like that"
What does he mean?
Maybe with Steve involvement?
Stuff for Christian.....
Great interview, thanks for the heads-up. As TS says, the 2007 Rome concert was spectacular. So what about a blu ray Tony? you managed to put one out for Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets. And don't make us wait too long for the other Genesis projects, none of us are getting any younger - apparently except for you!
Make It Easy On Yourself - The Walker Brothers