Please accept my sincere apologies, Backdrifter. I reckon that my suggestion is completely pointless, absurd and totally irrelevant.
I have read all the criticism. Of course, everybody is entitled to his/her own opinion. But something occurred to me. Maybe, just maybe those who criticize that song forget or overlook the fact that the song is about a battle. It only makes sense that it's too busy. A gang fight is supposed to be busy. And the words and the music do express perfectly how chaotic a battle actually is.
I don't know, maybe I am wrong...
That particular song has always been a favourite of mine. I first heard that song in 1973, when it was released. I was 8 years old and the images of a battle in an English forest have always impressed me. I also loved the different characters, especially the reverend and the different voices used by Peter Gabriel. And I liked the sound of the synthesizer used by Tony Banks (the cavalry part). I was always surprised to hear all the criticisms about that song.
Went to see The Musical Box last week. And boy was I disappointed.
First, this was the first time that I have ever seen the Lamb lies down performed WITHOUT SLIDE PROJECTIONS. Incredible and no explanation was given why, I can only assume because the stage was too small but even so it was not really a lamb show.
And second, I was told that when the vocalist (Denis) does his interlude chats to the audience, the guitarists make annoying guitar tuning on purpose that was in fact very annoying.
And lastly, the encores were not like the original show (that I did see in 1974) but that's ok, I had never seen The Knife live. But in all, I think this was the last time I will go see these guys.
Well, even Genesis themselves experienced all sorts of technical difficulties during the Lamb tour in 1974-75. They all remember how the slides only worked properly only on three or four dates of the hundred of shows they did. Tony had problems with his mellotron, Peter had problems with his costumes, etc. Granted, by today's standards, considering the price we pay, we are entitled to expect the full experience. But stuff always happens. All in all, I think that The Musical Box is known to offer spectacular shows. The guys themselves praised their work.
I've just noticed there's a reprise of Hairless Heart in The Light Dies Down On Broadway...
Both themes are different actually. Hairless Heart's melody has a minor tone in it., whereas TLDDOB's theme is in major. Agreed, there is a loose connection, but again this is a concept album.
I love Acting Very Strange. Funny that people prefer Hideaway, I always thought this was the worst song on the album. I love Couldn't Get Arrested, A Day to Remember, Who Is Fooling You and Maxine. Boy, I don't know how many times I listened to Maxine full volume. Great strong song. Of course, it is dramatically different from Smallcreep's Day, but then again, at the time, the music changed rapidly. Note how Peter Gabriel 3 is different from Peter Gabriel 2, Defector is very different from Spectral Morning, The Fugitive is more straightforward than A Curious Feeling, Abacab is more in your face than Duke. It was the moods of the time. The Police had influenced everybody, Phil caught the attention of a lot of people with Face Value, many bands changed their sound at the time. In that sense, Acting Very Strange is an exploration into more simpler, more straightforward music production and I believe it is a successful attempt that led the band into the next Genesis album ("Shapes") and made it a masterpiece. They had done their homework by that time.
The Farm's SSL mixing console is on sale!
There's also a short video about it and a series of photos, including the plan of the studio. Apparently, there are already two potential buyers. "Only" $322,000 (CAD)...
They did two shows last night (6:30 and 10:00). We saw the 6:30 show. They may have shortened the set due to having a second show. My best recollection of the setlist last night:
Fountain of Samalcis
Firth of Fifth
Encore: Supper’s Ready
I saw that show (the extravaganza tour) back in 2019 in Montreal. They also played Down and Out, Looking for Someone and the Musical Box. It was a perfect setlist. The show lasted nearly three hours!!! Maybe it a special treat for their homeland fans!
They are all vaccinated. So it’s unlikely someone will seriously get sick. Still, there are rules when that happens. Based on yesterday’s findings (Phil avoided sitting close to the background singers, both of them didn’t come forward during FYFM), it maybe is one of them, not Phil,
They may be all vaccinated, but they are always together, especially during the acoustic set. And who knows how close they are to each other backstage. It's only normal - they are friends and already a few weeks into the schedule, they must have started to feel a bit more relaxed about the rules. It's only human. With this in mind, I believe Daryl, Nic, Mike or Tony are in good enough shape not to be too seriously affected by the virus. My biggest concern, obviously, is Phil. Even if he is fully vaccinated, he may be at risk of getting seriously sick. Maybe he is not the one who tested positive, but he must have been exposed to the virus in one way or another in the 4 to 5 days before the virus was finally detected. And remember, the statement speaks of "tests", so at least two of the guys are infected. I have tickets, and I couldn't care less about my tickets. I just hope they all take care of themselves in the coming days. This tour seems to be doomed since the very begining. In French, we say "une mauvaise bonne idée" or, if I translate: "a good idea gone bad".
Looks like the guys have experienced a little problem on the road between Birmingham and Manchester... Just like in the goold old days...
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I totally agree with you, Mild Mannered Superman.
Now that we are not worried about spoilers on this thread, here is the video of Alison Krauss and Vince Gill doing an acoustic country version of That's All. I doubt we'll hear a version quite this country, but it is nice to hear how Genesis songs can be reinvented.
That was very nice. Thank you for posting it.
I've got my tickets for the Montreal show!! Yeaaayyyyy!!! I'm going with my friend.
Bell Center, Section 123, row R, seats 1 and 2, November 22!!!
Once good thing about if the American leg has to go before the European leg is that Youtube recordings and setlists will appear
I know from experience some artists don't permit recording of any note at gigs but the few bad eggs would still do it . Personally im in favour of recording once its not disturbing others
It's funny because in 2007, I knew the complete set list before attending the concert in Montreal. I even had had a chance to see a video of their performance in Dusseldorf. So I felt very relaxed when they finally hit the stage. I was siting at the sixth row, at roughly 60 feet of Tony Banks, my hero, and I even saw him say "Merci" (I was able to read his lips from that distance) . What a nice gesture from him, even if the crowd never got to hear him or read his lips, he still was gracious enough to thank us in French!!!
Does anyone know the ticket prices? I'm going no matter what, but do I need to hold off buying a car?
I am on the pre-sale list for Detroit.
I guess it is safe to expect the cheaper seats to start at $75-90 and the front row center seats should be around $250-300. Genesis is still ranked as a major band and they are likely to charge the maximum price available on the market.
I've already registered for the Pre-Sale for concert at Montreal Bell Centre, Canada on November 22.
Wow, this is amazing!!
Me too!! Hopefully, I will be selected and be able to attend.