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
Cindy StephensThere's not a lot to say about this show other than that it was the most incredible show I've seen. I had a seat that was extremely close, so I was able to see all of them and their expressions quite well.
Before the concert started, when they were playing random music, one of the songs they played was Simon Collins' version of "Keep It Dark". It sounded good.
During "Home By The Sea", Phil screwed up during the intro. When he was talking about the scary people, he initially said that they came out of the walls of the carpet (instead of the walls of the house). When the audience hooted and hollered at his mistake, he just kind of stared out into the audience and said, "You know what I mean to say!" And then he said it correctly.
During the intro to "Domino", when he got to the "tiny people in the back", after they reacted, he said, "Don't get up. Oh, sorry, you're already up." I figured out that what he meant by that is that they were so small that he couldn't tell if they were standing or not.
There were some clouds in the sky but not a drop of rain. Phil still had his jacket on, and I saw him zip it up right up against his throat a few times and then unzip it a little at others. Sometime during the course of the show, someone brought a jacket out to Tony. Since he's not moving around stage, he's probably more susceptible to cold than the others, but then, Daryl and Mike had their jackets on the whole show.
They were definitely "on" during every song. The audience was totally into the entire show, and it looked to be a full house, and I think the boys completely fed off that. And of course, it was also the last night of the tour, so there's an energy around that as well. Before "Carpet Crawlers", in addition to thanking Daryl and Chester, Phil also mentioned the names of a lot of the touring crew, as well as production managers and Tony Smith and various other people. And Phil also made a comment about not having ever said this before, in public or in private, but he turned to Tony and said, "I love you Tony" and then turned to Mike and said, "I love you Mike". And then he said, "And being English, we're now just going to continue right along." And they launched into "Carpet Crawlers".
Oh, and celebrity sighting note: given that it's in L.A., I thought there might be some celebrities in the crowd, but I wasn't looking too hard. After the concert was over, I sat for a while, and when I finally got up to leave to take some pictures of the stage from further away, I noticed that the person who came out of a row into the walkway was Greg Grunberg, who people might know as Matt Parkman, from "Heroes", the cop who can read people's minds.
I know a lot of people have talked about the ticket prices for these shows, and I completely understand that everyone has their own idea of whether or not something is worth it. I'm grateful that I had the means to be able to see them 5 times in 3 different cities (I know others saw them more than that on this tour), and I ended up dropping a fairly hefty amount on this last show. But it was totally worth it. It's an experience I'm never going to forget. And at the end, I wasn't sad. They left me with incredible memories on this tour, and since I never really expected to see them again, it's not a matter of saying goodbye to them now. I'd already done that. Seeing them on this tour was a bonus, something I didn't think would happen, so every opportunity that I had to see them on this tour was something I wouldn't have otherwise had. Some people don't understand seeing them more than once, but for me, it's being able to get a fuller experience. Seeing them once wasn't going to give me a good enough impression of the entire show. With the Hartford, San Jose and Sacramento shows, I was able to be on the right, center and left, and I was at three different distances, so I could see the overall show when seated further and see more of the details when seated closer. Same with the two Bowl shows. Sitting a little further back Friday night meant I could notice more of the lights that washed over the entire stadium, and I had a great view of the orange light/smoke fire effect off the top of the Bowl and the fireworks as well and the general light show coming off the stage. But tonight, being as close as I was, I could see more of the boys interacting with each other, of the emotions that were on their faces at different parts, of the details of the stage and show. I could add up the sum total of what I've spent on this tour, but the experience and memories are priceless.
I ended up taking almost 300 pictures and 3 videos, including the entire thank you speech and "Carpet Crawlers". They should be up sometime in the next couple days for anyone who'd like to take a look.
Warren CliftYep it was beyond all of my expectations. No one has pissed and moaned more than me about the prices of the tickets for this tour! :) But it was really worth every penny for me.
I was lucky enough to have a seat in the "pool" ..orchestra pit to you and me.. about 5 rows in front of Daryl. The pit is seperated from the ...poor people :0.. by a 3 foot wall. They even had vari lights placed around the top of this wall so for us in the pit, we were truly "on the stage" too. being this close we were also under the stage lighting!!! Those lights on the wall were very handy for a quick warm up as cooling fans blow the heat out of them.!! This smaller scaled down stage was really nice.
Daryl had a very animated ovation given at the end of his FOF solo to which he did a quick bow, now this is still during the FOF!! Chants of Daryl, Daryl wee coming from our area, Mike gave him a great smile at that.
It was great to see so many people familiar with the old stuff and were going along well into it.
Phil said, there is nothing more planned for Genesis right now. But after a big rest, I reckon they'll do more somewhere. I spoke to a prominant crew member before the show and he said they are all knackered right now and want to go home...
This one MUST make the encore series!!
Michelle RatterreeWe were pretty high up in the Hollywood Bowl Saturday night too. Those were fanclub tickets too. We were center, center. I don't know if you can get too center then that. I would have liked to have been closer, but I did get to see the whole stage and above it. That was pretty cool. The fireworks were really cool at the end at the Bowl since they actually could go really high (as opposed to the indoor shows). I lucked out since I flew out to see the show and had tickets to the show that didn't end early. I don't know if you had the same issue I did with your seats on Friday, but we had the spotlights that were between
Chester and Phil shining right in our eyes at times. I had to close one eye and block the light out with my hand so I could see Phil playing on the drums. Hey, I was willing to do that to see the show! :) Well, you never know what to expect at a show and I'd say it was still a great time. There were lots of big time fans around us, so that was great. Lots of air drumming going on. :)
Cheryl Leigh ChamberlinI was in the terrace boxes and I thought the same thing. People seemed bored or uninterested, or interested in being seen. There were two rather obnoxious girls who seemed to be box-hopping. We first noticed them in the box to our left, and then they moved to a box directly in front of us and were there until sometime during "Land of Confusion". They were dancing wildly and totally blocking my view, but it wasn't the type of dancing I saw in Philly, where the ladies in front of me seemed to be genuinely enjoying the music. These two thought they were hot stuff, and I figured that this was LA, and the high price tag for the tickets wouldn't stop people from wanting to party or be the center of someone's attention. At one point during this exhibition my sister tapped my shoulder and said, "Look, there is a close-up of Tony on the video screen!" I said that was great, as I couldn't SEE Tony from behind these wackos, but I didn't travel three thousand miles to look at a video screen!
My sister and her boyfriend were there to have a picnic, not to see Genesis. My sister has been subjected to G shows before so she is familiar with some of the material. She actually is well-rounded and informed when it comes to music. The boyfriend was clueless. We got to the box and I took the front left seat. They set up the little snack table and got out their wine and cheese. But someone had in fact bought the 4th ticket in the box so up went the table and the food went unconsumed, but we, mostly THEY, drank the wine because, well, we had no choice.
I guess because people seemed so bored, or maybe it felt that way because it was an outdoor venue and people were spread out and there wasn't that immediate effect of audience singing along that you get in an indoor venue, I thought overall the show in Philly was better. I thought they sounded better and more impassioned. (And, maybe they were less tired about four weeks ago, too!) "Ripples" seemed really empty the other night, which was so sad because it moved me so much here. Of course, there was a problem in my box, which may have helped ruin "Ripples" for me.
The clueless boyfriend, whose ticket was bought and paid for by *ME*, which just made it that much WORSE, was horsing around with his crackberry or whatever his PDA du jour was, checking college football scores. That would have been more OK with me if he had done it QUIETLY, but just as "Ripples" was about to start, he said sort of loudly, "Oh, my GAWD, Kentucky is beating LSU!"
I whipped around and said, "That really has to wait until AFTER THIS SONG." He said something else a few minutes later and my sister nudged him, which finally made him shut up.
What I DID think was nicer at the Bowl than the Wachovia Center was the overall effect of the show. Since the seats were a little too far back for my liking, I was able to see the whole light show. (Had no choice, really, even the binculars weren't helping me see the band all that well.) The ambient lighting that bathed the audience, the Bowl and even the surrounding trees, made the whole thing really beautiful to look at. I thought the shell of the bowl worked well for them. I was thinking how great it would be to have video of that show.
We took a bunch of pictures, but I haven't even looked at mine yet.
If someone got a recorder into the Bowl and comes up with bootleg, I'd really like to have it.
All in all a great job by the guys and I'm glad I got to see them twice. I had two very different experiences.