Behind The Lines / Duke’s End
Turn It On Again
No Son Of Mine
Land Of Confusion
In The Cage / The Cinema Show / Duke’s Travels
Hold On My Heart
Home By The Sea / Second Home By The Sea
Follow You Follow Me
Firth Of Fifth / I Know What I Like
Throwing It All Away
Tonight Tonight Tonight (intro)
I Can’t Dance
The Carpet Crawlers
William van SpanjeI saw Genesis in Albany. Not sure of the time, but they were suppose to start at 8:00, but I think they started a little later.
Not sure what you mean by pre concert music, but there was no opening act. Just 2.5 hours of Genesis.
It took a while for the crowd to filter in. I had no problem finding a parking space and thought I had the wrong night of the concert because parking garages were empty and only a few people were outside the arena. Took a while for the crowd to filter in.
The crowd reaction was this. They were energetic when the radio hits were played, but were listless when Genesis played their Gabriel and Hackett/Collins/Rutherford/Banks (76-77) era material. Obviously they wanted a greatest hits show which this tour is not. Some were expecting Collins solo hits. One guy was very angry they didn't play Abacab.
I picked up a program and two t-shirts. The black "Trick of the Tail" and the red "Nursery Crymes" one.
John GoodwinJust to add my tuppence worth:
Boston and Albany both kicked off just after 8:15. The security/ushers had been told this was the planned start time.
A few minutes before the start of the show the videos stop showing, the main speakers fire up, and a simple synth loop starts playing (difficult to describe really)
I am really impressed with the setlist. It is a fantastic effort to showcase the band's vast repertoire. I would agree that the hits get a more enthusiastic response than the older stuff, although IKWIL really got the crowd going. Also be ready for people taking comfort/beer breaks during In The Cage. I particularly noticed this last night. Reaction to Hold On My Heart was especially enthusiastic I thought.
Most frequent comment I heard afterwards was surprise and disappointment that Abacab wasn't played, although given Phil's comments there is no chance of this happening. One confused punter did confidently turn to his friend as Mama started and said "In The Air Tonight" so I guess the old mix up between band and singer still occurs.
I was the closest I've been to the stage since seeing them at Hammersmith Odeon in 1982, and Phil was on great form behind the drum kit. However, he did seem to signal several times to a roadie at the side of the stage that he was having a problem with his left wrist, and especially during Los Endos he looked in pain beyond the normal Yoda like expression he adopts when drumming these days. This may explain him dropping a stick while performing the chair duet (He wasn't amused!). Mind you, Chester was definitely looking a bit breathless during Los Endos as well.
I now have a couple of days driving around New England before Hartford on Sunday. I would definitely be up for a drink somewhere before the show if someone with local knowledge cares to name the time and place.
As a personal note on the setlist, I would be quite happy if they dropped Home By The Sea. Not an opinion shared by the majority of the crowd I suspect. I don't dislike the piece, it's just that there are other things I'd rather hear (Abacab for a start). Only goes to show there's no setlist that would please everyone.