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Genesis @ Old Trafford Football Ground, Manchester

The older segment of the crowd recognised these and were probably wishing that Peter Gabriel might make an appearance.

advertisementHe wasn't needed. Phil Collins was in fine voice throughout the whole show - and they were on stage without a break for two and a half hours.

Phil might be approaching 60, but he's still a cheeky chappy and held the audience in the palm of his hand.

He frequently moved back behind the drums to join the more than capable Chester Thompson in pounding out the beat, and their drum duet was a highlight of the show.

Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks were note perfect and Tony in particular seemed entranced by the music.

When they combined with extra guitarist Daryl Steurmer, they treated us to some lengthy instrumental passages which reminded us all of what Prog Rock should be like - full-blown and with a lighting system that knocks Pink Floyd out of the park!

Audience participation during Domino and Invisible Touch was enthusiastic - nay rabid - and we had a finale which can only be described as "explosive." Yes, there were fireworks.

A couple of encores and sadly that was it.

Forget Take That, The Police and The Spice Girls. THIS was the reunion we wanted.

© This is Lancashire, by Martin Hutchinson

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