My first Genesis concert was the 'Six of the Best' reunion concert at the Milton Keynes bowl on 2 October 1982. I was 16 and only had two Genesis albums at that time - 'Foxtrot' and 'Seconds Out'. The main concert started with Peter Gabriel leaping out of a coffin dressed as Rael and the band opening with 'Back in New York City' (which I had never heard before). At some stage PG did 'Solsbury Hill', then Phil Collins swopped with PG to sing 'Turn it on Again' - the only post-Gabriel Genesis song they did (PG took PC's place on the drumkit). 'Supper's Ready' was incredible with PG using all his old props. Steve Hackett arrived just in time for the encores and the crowd went completely berserk as they played 'I know what I like' and 'The Knife'. I was close to the front, slightly left of centre, no more than 5 people in front of me. I remember that the band all semed to be really enjoying themselves, smiling and laughing their way through much of it. I saw Genesis again in 1984, 1987 and 1992, but as brilliant and polished as these shows were, nothing comes close to the carnival atmosphere and joy of that one-off open air concert in the wet, muddy morass of Milton Keynes. I feel lucky and deeply priviledged to have experienced it.
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