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)
The show was stopped, because of heavily rain, no Encores were performed!
Lachlan WestfallWell... now that I've seen a Genesis show in the rain, I feel like I'm a true fan. The folks who'll see 'em Saturday are in for a treat. The show was fantastic.
the Hollywood Bowl is a special place and the show really felt special. A bit of rain fell during "Cage" but then it dried up for a bit.
they had lights all over the place (deep into the audience) and even had fog machines around the audience, so when the big light stuff happend it was amazing. I've never seen anything quite like it.
the San Jose show was really good. this seemed a bit better--despite the rain. I was sitting farther back than in SJO so i got the whole picture.
Unfortunately, by the time Invisible Touch was played it was pouring. Phil came out and said "sorry, we can't really go on--stuff's breaking down." so we missed the last two tunes. One I could do without, but the other.... cest la vie.
No rain expected for Saturday--if you have a spare $600, take a date to see the show. It'll likely be the last--and one of the best.
Cindy StephensThe falling rain never seemed to put a damper on the audience, but it did end the concert a little early.
I was really interested in seeing what the setup would be like because the Bowl's shell would be an obstacle they haven't had to deal with otherwise on the tour. They did end up keeping most of the stage setup. All the balls inside the shell of the Bowl were taken out, so that left a lot of room. The 7 light fixtures that hang over the boys was in place, as was the video screen behind them. The screen that's normally behind that wasn't in place because there was no place to put it. I was wondering what they were going to do during something like "Mama", where the heavy drum parts later in the song were accompanied by the bright flashing white lights that interrupted the red hue of the song itself. Well, it worked out great because they had the lights inside the shell pulsing to that beat instead. It was great. Instead of the oval screens on the side, they had square screens instead. I didn't notice, but the husband noticed that there was a second set of screens about half-way back, so that those in the back had screens that were closer for them to see. The gangplank/walkway on the left side of the stage was gone, as was the riser part on the right, where Phil normally sings the beginning of the last section of "In The Cage", after he's been offstage for a bit. The right side of the stage was just flat.
I had been surprised that they had chosen to play the Bowl rather than something like Staples. I don't know if the other venues were unavailable or if they specifically picked the Bowl, but even with the limitations and problems that ended up arising from being in an outdoor stadium, it just seemed right for them to play a venue as classic and iconic as the Hollywood Bowl in what one might speculate is their last tour. It was just so amazing to see and hear them with the backdrop of the Bowl's shell behind them. The other added bonus is that the Bowl has lights in the back of the theatre as well as in the middle walkway, and all those lights were used to great effect for many of the songs, so whereas at the other venues, all of the light really just came from the stage, the entire stadium here was bathed in whatever color was the theme for any particular song or moment. During "Mama", the entire stadium was just a sea of red - gorgeous.
I can't remember what song it was - maybe "Mama"? - but at one point, the top of the Bowl had smoke coming out with alternating reddish lights so it seemed like the top of the Bowl was on fire. It looked incredible.
The forecast had called for rain, but they had said it wasn't expected until very late in the night, maybe midnight. Well, the rain showed up a bit early. A light rain started towards the end of "In The Cage" - I had a bad feeling as Phil was singing "Raindrops keep falling on my head", and the rain started shortly thereafter. Following "Afterglow", Phil made a comment about knowing what you should expect to get with a Genesis concert - "the fucking rain. Oh, Genesis is having an outdoor concert tonight?" and then Phil made the sound like a rip-roaring thunderstorm/cloudburst. It was a steady, but not heavy, rain, and it lasted through "Hold On My Heart" and stopped right before "Home By The Sea".
I was a bit surprised but very pleased that so many people seemed to be enjoying "Firth of Fifth" and really happy that it was being played. People were up and dancing, almost like what you'd expect from a Top 40 hit song and not an instrumental.
As Phil was doing the intro for "Ripples", one of the women in front of him must have said something to him. (Unlike at the other venues I've seen, the Bowl has people right up against the edge of the stage.) He said something like, "Well, I'm a little busy right now. ... I love you too." He was talking about apologizing for the previous song and its smut and filth and now going to a place where virgins live. He must have been really distracted by the woman who interrupted him because he didn't say the next line about how where virgins live is nowhere near here obviously. He seemed to rush through the intro more than he did at the other shows.
The rain had stopped but started again at the very end of "Throwing It All Away". The "Domino" demonstration was still fun, though Tony didn't participate in the part where the people on stage are affected as well. I think he was preoccupied with his equipment. More on that later. From that point on, it was raining steadily, first about the same heaviness as earlier in the concert, but then it started to rain harder. People were still very appreciative during the drum duet and "Los Endos", and lots of people were dancing for "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" and more were dancing for "Invisible Touch".
During the beginning of "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight", Phil also made another reference to the fucking rain and changed the ending of one line later in the song to be in reference to the rain. And yes, of course, there are the rain references at the beginning of the song.
At various points during the show, in between songs, the roadies would run on stage and cover equipment and wipe down the stage and other equipment with towels. Phil actually referenced them at one point, so we of course gave them a hearty round of applause. Sometime during the show, a bunch of roadies came out and put hard plastic covers around/on top of Tony's keyboards. He was further up the stage than the drums or Steve or Daryl, so he and his stuff was apparently getting wet. Later in the show, they even brought out a huge umbrella (like you'd see on patio furniture) to cover him and his stuff as well. I had the husband take a couple pictures with his celphone. Not sure you can even see anything, but here they are for what they're worth:
I think you can sort of see the umbrella in picture two - it's in between the second and third light fixtures from the right. Well, about 2/3rd of the way through "Invisible Touch", I heard this noise that sounded like Tony had either just smashed his hands all over the keyboards and hit a boatload of random notes or someone had just dropped the keyboards on the ground. I looked at Tony, and he was leaning down under one of the keyboards, and I figured he was turning it off. The husband said it sounded like the water had shorted out one of the keyboards. They finished the song and then all left the stage. I couldn't tell if Phil left and came back or just stayed out, but he said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we're lucky that we made it this far through the show, but you're all getting soaked and our equipment is breaking, and we can't play anymore. On behalf of Mike and Tony and Steve and Chester, thank you so much for coming. Be careful driving home." (That's not verbatim, but it's the gist of what he said.) People were disappointed, and I think they would have definitely stayed for the encore, but the boys really just couldn't do it anymore.
When the show started, I noticed that Phil had a light jacket on, zipped up all the way to his neck. He didn't have a jacket in the other shows, but I figured since this was an outdoor venue, he needed to keep his throat and chest warm. It wasn't until much later, though, when I was watching him on one of the screens, that I noticed how wet his jacket was. I should have realized that if Tony and the keyboards was getting wet, Phil would be getting wet while he was singing as well since he's pretty far up the stage. It wasn't terribly cold out, but being wet and being rained on couldn't possibly have been very good for him and his voice, though he sounded great throughout. Even with all the rain and the problems, all of them put on a great show. When Phil was doing his announcement and because of the other times he was swearing during the show, you could tell he was really pissed off about the rain.
I don't think missing "I Can't Dance" was a big thing, but I feel really sorry for those who missed out on "Carpet Crawlers" and Phil's genuine thank you at the end. He did get some of that in, but of course he was hurried because of the weather. And it wasn't a case of them stopping the show and then the rain letting up right afterward. It took a while to get out of the stadium and all, and it was raining the whole time, and it even rained harder.
The rain is supposed to end mid-afternoon on Saturday, so we should be good for the Saturday night show. It'll be interesting to see what sort of mood Phil will be in.
And for those going on Saturday, there seemed to be cameras everywhere, and not just the small ones either. At the Bowl, you are allowed to bring your own food and drinks, but no glass containers and no cans and no alcohol brought in yourself. That's mostly what they were checking for.
Jeffrey KaaThe overall sound level was a bit underpowered in the beginning. The DUKE material didn't have quite the punch it needed to knock you over. It would have been nice to hear these pieces in sequential order.
No Son of Mine was very strong but I thought In the Cage was more workman-like than inspired. Cindy mentioned a missing riser from which Phil sang a part of the latter song. The "Outside the cage..." bit perhaps? I noticed that Phil was not on stage for this part.
Afterglow was beautiful in both audio and visual terms.
Mama was excellent, Ripples lacked that last ounce of intensity that would have made it truly gripping.
A guy in front of me was unfamiliar with the Gabriel era stuff, but when I told him that Tonight/Invisible Touch was the last bit, he got up off his seat and started dancing. He was playing air drums and keyboards all evening.
Daryl stayed closer to Hackett's original guitar solo on Firth of Fifth than he has on previous tours. Someone mentioned not seeing any pictures of Ray during the visuals behind I Know What I Like. I watched the screens most of the time and I did not see any.
Interesting to see Phil sing Follow You Follow Me from his drumkit.
Cindy talked about the Bowl being enveloped by lights during some bits. This was a very cool thing. When the shell was filled with stage fog and the lights were pulsing out the beat in Los Endos it was a glorious moment. Nice fireworks too.
Most interesting post-show moment- A female fan said she "was surprised" they didn't play In the Air Tonight. Bootleg T-shirt vendors were doing brisk business at $10 a pop.
I don't think the rain dampened the spirits of either the band or the audience and it added a bit of spontaneity to the proceedings. At one point the ampitheatre was lit up and you could see the rain pouring down. I looked to the sky and heard Domino thundering from the stage, it was a classic Genesis moment.
Don't know if it was Lachlan or Cindy who mentioned that you have attained "real" fan status if you've seen Genesis in the rain. I'm now in the club.
It will be dry tonight and being the last night, the band will deliver a more passionate performance. It should be a blazing end to the tour.
intercludetwoI could have stayed and listened to another hour of music in the rain! My wife on the other hand... Standing in the rain during In the Cage was one of the most memorable experiences of my life! I was getting totally soaked but loving every minute. Also, I'm not a huge fan of Tonight Tonight Tonight, but the pouring rain worked perfectly. I felt just like a desperate junkie clutching his last five dollars and getting soaked.
In the Cage through Afterglow was totally mind-blowing! Too bad the rain caused problems with the guitar part during In the Cage, but it just made for an interesting mix you wouldn't really hear otherwise. When the Bowl was bathed in the glowing "sunrise" during Afterglow it was totally gorgeous. And the rain looked really cool falling in the lights.
Firth of Fifth/I know What I Like was another eargasm portion of the show. Daryl kicked ass on his solo. Nice balance between faithful to Hackett's part and adding his own style! And my head nearly exploded during Los Endos. The Bowl added nicely to the lighting and I was in concert heaven!
At the risk of sounding like the world's biggest pot-head, what's the deal with people at concerts these days? You light up for a little toke and they act like you're doing it at church or something! Hey, not all of us brought our KIDS to the concert! I guess I should expect this kind of attitude these days. It ain't the old days. Same thing happened to me at Yes and David Gilmour. Still, there was plenty of skunky odor around, especially during the freakier tunes, like Cage, Mama and, of course, I Know What I Like. Love that photo montage behind the band!!!!
This show was way better than it had any right to be. I'm so grateful the band decided to put extra emphasis on their instrumental chops this time out.
JenYep we saw them in Los Angeles on Friday. Bought presale fan club tickets (never do that again) we got seats in the nosebleed section. Dead center if that was any consolation. And what a walk the Hollywood Bowl is huge and really high up along a hill. Not only did I forget the battery for the "good" camera (took a second digital as well) we were rained out. It drizzled during most of the concert finally it was raining and just would let up and Phil finally made the announcement that equipment keeps breaking down… "Sorry. Thanks for coming. Good night". Bummer we missed the last few songs. Couldn't *&@#$ believe it.
Brainstorm --- We went back the next night, Saturday, their final night, and waited for people leaving early…. asked a nice couple if we could have their tickets, that we got rained out last night and we really wanted to see the end…. They handed us their tickets with no hesitation. Wasn't that nice? - And OMG what great seats. I got to see the entire concert (even if it did take two nights). Met a couple of fans from England too. They followed the tour going to 14 shows. That's diehard!