Hartford 16-09-2007 Review


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
Drum Duet
Los Endos
Tonight Tonight Tonight (intro)
Invisible Touch

I Can’t Dance
The Carpet Crawlers

YouTube Videos

In The Cage/The Cinema Show/Duke’s Travels




Last night in Hartford was, in my opinion, better than the show in Boston, and I don't think it was just because I was closer. I didn't notice the distortion in the vocals. The only time I noticed a problem with the sound was during Carpet Crawlers--Mike's picking on the guitar got very loud a couple of times, and again the keyboard was distorted and not very audible. There were no jarring transitions in sound or anything.

All in all, the show was great. The drum duet was significantly different from in Boston. Los Endos was a real highlight, played very very well. Domino also was great. The band were a bit more playful on stage than in Boston. Everything just sounded and looked very good. Second Home by the Sea was also fantastic--played with power and enthusiasm, and the sound was great.

One funny episode and then I am done. Not being a big fan of the song, as soon as Phil got his stool for Hold on My Heart I ran to the Gent's. I was pretty much alone in there but then it filled up pretty quickly, and one guy said, as he stepped up to the toilet "Thank you Genesis for Hold on My Heart." It was funny.

I loved the show.

John Goodwin

In terms of performance I thought Hartford was the best show so far, although being much closer in Albany made the overall experience better (Of course for Albany I didn't get the seat through the fan club, so it would be much better ;-). Incredible power and energy in the drumming, and Mike's guitar work seemed much crisper. It certainly seemed to have been made much more prominent in the mix. I also thought the crowd was very enthusiastic in Hartford.

The cut down stage for these smaller US gigs certainly is much less impressive than the full stage they used on the European dates. The displays on the back screen are rather squashed on the small version. I only realised the extent of the difference when I looked at a picture of the full stage in the Chapter and Verse book, and thinking back to Twickenham, the visuals had much more impact even though we were a million miles (give or take) from the stage. Hopefully they will wheel out the full stage for Giants stadium.

For the MSG gig what do locals recommend as regards getting to and from the gig. Is there plenty of parking close by, or is it worth parking the car at a station somewhere and getting the train in? I must say being able to simply walk back to the hotel after the gig is a great (if expensive!) way to go, but $400 for a "budget" hotel near the Garden is too rich for my blood.

Unfortunately, my internet connection did not work in Hartford, so there was no chance to arrange a meeet up before or after the show. Has anything been arrranged for Philadelphia?

IIRC, Phil has said in the past that Carpet Crawlers is one of his favourite Genesis songs (especially from the Gabriel era), so I think this is all he means by it being "special" for them to play out with it.

I also noticed that they are playing a brief part of Fading Lights as the crowd leaves, rather poignant if this is the last tour.

Joe Ricci

"Listen guys, just because I'm going to a Genesis concert tonight and you aren't doesn't mean you can treat me this way!" This tongue-in-cheek comment was received with chuckles by my three roommates. Since school has kicked off they have wasted no time in heckling me for the $200 tickets my girlfriend purchased at the beginning of the summer for Genesis' Hartford Civic Center show on September 16, 2007. An entire summer's worth of anticipation was not wasted. The smile I wore upon my arrival back in the room told the whole story.

Genesis' own genesis occurred in the late '60s built upon the inspiring young talent of Peter Gabriel (vocals), Mike Rutherford (guitar/bass), and Tony Banks (keys). When Gabriel split in the mid-seventies for personal reasons, the group was quick to move the now uber-popular Phil Collins to lead man (up from his spot at drums for the previous five years). It was with this three man incarnation that Genesis, one of the top 30 selling artists of all time with over 150 million albums sold, decided to embark on their 2007 "Turn It On Again Tour" after almost 15 years of inactivity.

The show in Hartford, one of the first in North America after a stint in Europe, failed to disappoint. Indeed, it shocked the nerves. An eclectic group of 20, 30, and 40-year-old diehards packed into the Civic Center for two-and-a-half hours of driving melodies, progressive rock masterpieces, and good old mid-eighties pop favorites. Behind the famed trio, Chester Thompson (drums) and Daryl Stuermer (guitar), long time touring members of the band, provided the essential supporting bombast that any act as big as Genesis requires.

Our seats, situated in the elevated mid-rows, were perfectly placed for a near perfect view of the stage, the massive arching-lights to the rear of it, and two flanking oval screens upon which the various members could be viewed (stared at in awe). As I had anticipated from various set-lists I had seen on the Internet, the show kicked off with the body-shaking duo of "Behind the Lines" and "Duke's End." I personally was a bit saddened that the lyrical mid-section of "Behind the Lines" was omitted, but my forgiveness was forthcoming (this is Genesis, folks). "Turn It On Again" and "Land of Confusion" duly followed, ensuring that this would not be a disappointing night for anyone in the crowd. During TIOA, Phil Collins even made sure to snap a few digital camera photos of the audience and grab a cell phone out of a gentleman's hand in the front row and sing into it (Imagine being on the receiving end of that call?). The show then smoothed into a medley of "In the Cage," "Cinema Show," "Duke's Travels," and "Afterglow." It was indeed this medley that assured the fans that Genesis was here to let out both sides of their popularly conceived images. The hits would be played alongside of the progressive rock masterpieces, ever the showcase for Phil Collins' masterful song-writing, Mike Rutherford's tonal guitar playing, and the talent of Tony Bank's classical training.

The middle of the concert was highlighted by some of my own personal favorites. It was during "Home By the Sea" and "2nd Home By the Sea," "Mama," and "Ripples," that I had to be constantly reminded to sit down by my girlfriend. I guess playing air drums whilst standing obstructs the view of those people who choose to shell out $200 to sit down behind you for two-and-a-half hours. Luckily we sat next to a wonderful man by the name of Jose-Miguel and his family. It was with him that I could enjoy talking before the show about all the songs we hoped to see and were going to see. Plus he, his wife, and daughter made it so that I, in no way, was the only person standing and dancing in our row (thanks for the company).

The show drove on, highlighted by an amazing drum battle between Phil Collins and Chester Thompson that segued into "Domino," a song I myself was not familiar with but enjoyed nonetheless, and one of my favorite musicals, "Los Endos." However, all good things must come to an end. The show closed with the mystical "Carpet Crawlers," a song whose lyrics delight me every time I am fortunate enough to hear it.

With that, Genesis left the stage. My heart throbbed as I sat in wonder at what I had just seen, yet simultaneously ached for the passing of perhaps the greatest event of my 2007 year. For most, Genesis is no big deal. Genesis and Phil Collins strike up shady images of funky 1980s music with no connection to the world of today. For me, their musicianship and dominance over so many musical genres is nothing short of admirable. If time, logistics, and substantial forethought permitted, I would extend this piece into a short diatribe against those who would speak ill of Genesis without proper knowledge (as do 99 percent of those I encounter when the subject is brought up). Instead, I will offer a challenge. Name three Genesis songs, to yourself, or, if you like, to me. If you can do that, go home and listen to five songs. If, after listening, you can bear to hear some more, strike up an album or two. If you are at all disappointed, move on, it isn't the end of the world. If you aren't, and you actually like, dare I say enjoy, Genesis, perhaps then you (my friends know I am talking to them) will see the value in a little less talking and a little more learning and listening. No doubt, as I have said several times, I would have shelled out $300 to see Genesis. As my girlfriend, however, is fond of reminding me, I didn't pay $200. So maybe I should just shut up for now. Goodbye.

Cindy Stephens

The anticipation I was feeling before the show was incredible. I had thought I'd never see them again, and even when the first official announcement of the tour came out, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. But the more I heard about it, the more excited I got, so I went from "yeah, I might go see them once" to "how many times can I get away with seeing them"? When they took the stage and then as they went through each song, it was just great to hear how incredible they still were. For this show, I was on the right side of the stage, about 3 sections from the stage, about half-way up. Everyone knows the setlist so just some thoughts on individual songs:

During "Land of Confusion", Phil gestured to the front row. I thought he was just motioning some of them over so that he could shake their hands since they had their hands outstretched. It took me a second to realize that he was motioning specifically to one guy who had a celphone in his hand, presumably calling someone so they could hear the song over the phone. The guy handed the phone to Phil, and for a couple of lines, Phil was singing simultaneously into the phone and the mic. The crowd went crazy. Can you imagine being on the other end of that call? Or better yet, listening to your voicemail and hearing Phil singing to you?

"Afterglow" - One of the songs I love, and it was incredible to hear how beautifully Phil sang it. Same with "Ripples". Amazing.

"I Know What I Like" - I loved the montage that goes by, but it's so hard trying to decide whether to watch the montage or the stage, especially with Phil's antics. So fitting that Peter and Steve should be included in the montages (and Daryl and Chester, of course). I looked to see if Ray was in there, and I didn't see any in the times I was looking, but as much as I like "Calling All Stations" (the album as a whole), Ray was really just a blip and more of a hired gun in the history of Genesis. I'm still surprised that the album artwork appears on some of the tour merchandise - I didn't even expect that.

"Mama" - When I first heard that they were doing this, I was really surprised because doing this song totally rips Phil's vocal chords to shreds. Singing this every night of the tour? Maybe they decided to go ahead and do it since it was a relatively short tour, and there's quite a bit of instrumental work on the setlist, so at least Phil isn't singing for the entire close-to-3 hours.

"Invisible Touch" - Oh my gosh! Indoor fireworks! I had no idea. How very cool.

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