by Philly Joe Jones
This was my (and hubby's) first EVER Genesis show and something I've obviously been looking forward to with much excitement. Therefore it may sound strange that what impressed me the most this night was the dinner we had before the show, lol!! Sorry for derailing a bit, but I really feel I should mention that the Herning arrangers had made a HUGE effort to make the pre-show dinner for the 3.800 vip ticket holders a very special experience. They had literally changed a big hall into a complete copy of an Italian square (from Sienna) with old streetlamps and fountains ...it totally blew us away! The Italian food was excellent as well. For a while I actually forgot I was about to see my fave band afterwards; I was busy dining in Sienna aka Hall M! Wonderful!
Anyways, after this experience it was somewhat of a disappointment to find our seats and realise that they, like all the other seats, were much further away from the stage than we'd thought (but to be honest none of us are used to going to concerts in this scale). It didn't help that a lot of people in our section felt they should walk in and out and around all the time ... made us feel even more distanced from the stage and the music. On top of that we had the evening sun directly in our eyes for half the show and after that it turned freeeeeezing cold, lol. So in that regard we weren't so lucky.
However, whenever I managed to ignore the sun, the cold, the noise and fuss around us, I truly enjoyed the music/show. But I cannot say that it blew me away like I had expected it to .. but again, I couldn't really blame the band for that. The circumstances were just very unfortunate. What really amazed me though was Phil's voice. His singing was excellent and so much better than I had dared to hope for!!!! And by the way, while improvising on "I Can't Dance" he made a sweet little reference to the old tune "I Won't Dance" ... which made me smile. He may have done it before but I have never heard it.
The next day I read a lot of the reviews in the Danish newspapers and was surprised, and a little sad, to see that they were all bad. Really bad actually, and very mean as well. Most of them were the kind of reviews where you wonder why the reviewer went at all, when he was obviously prejudiced against this band. Not surprisingly EACH of them felt the need to mention how the band makes lots of money on this tour.
One thing struck me about these reviews though: they all stressed the fact that the band members seemed to be "bored" with what they were doing. Now, hanging around this forum and the G-forum and reading Daryl's notes about the rehearsals etc, has made me very confident that this band is THRILLED to be back playing together. So there's no way I would believe anything less. However, from what I saw .. from a distance (and that means on the screens cos I couldn't really see the guys) .. I do actually understand that people who didn't know better would get this impression. I remember how I looked at the screens and thought to myself "please SMILE, guys .. show them that you love this!" After all, there's just nothing that can catch the attention from an audience as a smile and a laugh between band members. It brings the audience right up on stage with you.
Maybe if I'd been closer to the stage I would have seen it differently. But afterwards I couldn't help thinking that the band weren't really "selling themselves too well, at least not in the first part of the show. They seemed to "loosen up" a bit later on. After the show when I talked to my husband about it, he admitted that he hadn't been quite as impressed by the whole thing as he had expected. In fact - and I hardly dare to say this - he'd even been slightly bored by parts of the show.
And me, well, what I had missed more than anything was the laughs on stage ... laughs that may have been there but in that case didn't reach the seated sections. I know very well that the guys were concentrating like hell up there ...and it was only the second gig ... but still ... something was missing ..