New York 25-09-2007 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


John Goodwin

Tonght's show at Madison Square Gardens was another triumph for the band, although the crowd was a bit subdued, and seated, until In The Cage. Everything from Hold On My Heart to Ripples were greeted with massive cheers. The overwheling smell of dope which arose the moment the lights went down may have taken twenty minutes to take effect, at which point the audience came alive. Excellent sound, far better than the Verizon Center on Sunday, and the first arena I've seen where the second block of floor seats is a step above the first, and the floor seats at the b ack are actualy built on a slope to improve sight lines.

It was great to sit next to several youngsters (mid twenties?) seeing the band for the first time, and clearly loving every minute of it. They certainly seemed to think it was money well spent.

Now looking forward to the big stage at Giants Stadium on thursday, although a little sad that this may be the last time I get to see these guys play live.


The world is a much better place for Genesis music having been here.
I definitely felt that way when I was in high school, and I feel that way now. I have seen every Genesis tour that came through New York City since 1973, and before last night, I'd forgotten how much I'd loved those shows and how deeply they'd affected me. When I first heard about this reunion tour, it sounded so unappealing, and I decided not to go. But then the bastards had to go on VH1, and then I saw the Glasgow film, and then I began reading words like "Ripples" and "Cinema Show", and then I realized that this may truly be my last chance to ever see Tony Banks playing live again, so I ponied up for tickets. Still, I walked into the venue last night without expectations. This music had meant so much to me when I was younger, and I'd seen these guys put on some amazing shows. I wasn't convinced that they still had it in them.

Many bands moan about playing New York City due to the media scrutiny that goes on here. But I guess that by now Genesis has been around the block often enough not to care. Because their performance at MSG on Tuesday night rivaled anything I've ever seen or heard them do.  They were on fire and I'll include Mike in that thought, despite the fact that he took the longest to warm up. By the time he did, the energy in the room shifted palpably and it was as exuberant and as gorgeous as anything I'd ever seen or heard out Genesis.

I could have lived without the Follow You Follow Me stuff, but the audience clearly wanted to hear the hits, and I had no complaints about the composition of the set list. Every time they launched into anything from the 1970s, it just tore me apart. The playing was just stunning. The keyboard sounds were so good too, especially the choral sound on Cinema Show. I wasn't left pining away for the vintage instruments at all. Ditto the performances of my favorite latter day songs, like Domino, Tonight Tonight Tonight and Home By The Sea. All the excitement and the beauty was there and it just drenched the entire arena.

I had very peculiar seats . . . in a press box! I was actually seated at a desk. But I was close enough to the stage to be able to watch the actual players, rather than the video screens. The sound quality was the best I've ever heard at MSG, the show appeared to be sold out, and it's to the band's credit (and especially to Phil's) that the arena did not seem all that cavernous. No, it wasn't The Philharmonic Hall, but there were moments of the show that truly seemed intimate.
I *never* would have expected that.

I haven't read any other comments on this, and maybe I'm just being a superficial fan girl, but I was really impressed with the physical condition that these guys are in, especially Phil. (And I also have to tip my hat to Phil, because he was in good voice, and he even treated us to some of the warmth and the sweetness that we used to hear from him when he first became vocalist of Genesis.) The drum duet had to have required physical strength and endurance, but to go from that into the tarantella (which I never expected Phil to be dancing) was really impressive. It's wonderful to see older men who haven't fallen apart. (Because believe me, many of us in the audience from the Class of 1974 were showing our age and it wasn't a pretty sight.) And lovely Tony Banks is as beautiful as ever.

Mike. I kept reading a lot of back handed remarks made about his performances and how he looked. I'd been hoping that they were just digs made by disgruntled fans and elitist journalists. But he did seem stiff and out of place at the beginning of the show, and his clothing made him look like he was on his way to the yacht club for cocktails. But then, out of nowhere, he came alive, and when he really got down he reminded me of the Mike of long ago, and it was so exciting to hear him play.

Lately I've been thinking about the lyrics to the "good bye songs" that Tony wrote in the early 1990s. (Final Curtain, Fading Lights - my youngest is graduating in June and a big chapter of my life is coming to a close) During the bows at Giants Stadium in 1992, I really believed that it was all over and that I'd just seen my last Genesis concert. I am so grateful that they came back for this tour all these years later, and that they brought the house down in MSG the way that they did, complete with all that old material. (Just wish they hadn't played a recording of Fading Lights as the crowd was exiting. Because I would *love* it if they came back and did this again.)

Highlights for me: Cinema Show (I never dreamed I'd live to hear that played live again, what a stunning piece of music) Firth of Fifth Intro, In the Cage and Domino. Oddly enough, I Can't Dance was a good live number, and I never cared for the recording. Phil Collins is nothing if not an entertainer.

I've done my fair share of complaining (bitching would be a better word) about Phil Collins on list and off throughout the mmphpm years that I've been reading Paperlate. But at MSG he showed up as the drummer and front man that I'd once known and loved. He put his heart and soul into that old stuff, and seemed quite proud of it. He didn't seem to be the same man who always had disparaging remarks to make about the old fans and the old material. He was also more laid back as a frontman, not quite as frantic, and it really worked. So I'm going to surprise myself by ending this long winded self indulgent post by saying, God Bless You, Phil Collins.


I'm also in the esteemed Class of 74, and know exactly what you mean about being aged and infirm.....well those are MY words. It seemed to me that most of the crowd near us were about our age, maybe 5-10 years younger. You know, once you've hit 39, age really doesn't matter that much. I only hope I'm in as good a shape as Phil is when I'm his age. He always puts on a great show-always running around the stage or back and forth. And the drumming was excellent! They wore me out just watching. 

Remembering how some of the "fans" had been so negative about Phil's tour, I had been staying away from the reviews and posts here and elsewhere, because I didn't really want to read anything that would put me off. I'd seen some stage pics of course, but that didn't ruin it for me. I thought the staging was very cool. Not too flash, but interesting. Since I hadn't seen a G show before, I really didn't have anything to compare to. Watching videos really doesn't count.

I know this will get them going, but the whole "OMG I'm finally going to see the boize!!" didn't hit me until I was in the car Saturday morning. I was telling a friend that I was getting all sentimental about it, because I knew she'd understand what I meant. I was also sort of regretting that I wouldn't be driving to C by myself and wouldn't be able to blast G music for 400 miles! But you know, G music has been a big part of my life, too, and all those college memories just came flooding back.
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