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
Rich BaxterGenesis proved one thing this Tuesday evening for the opening show of three here in Philadelphia. They haven't lost a step in their music!
The lights dimmed at around 8:22 pm and we were taken on nearly a three hour tour of Genesis past and present. So many long instrumentals were played, I am now just realizing what I heard and saw.
I sat off to the left of the stage from the audience view in Section 124 only 13 rows up. The show was awesome. A proper review will follow but here are some of the highlights I noticed:
"In The Cage" sounded beautiful! It had been a song I could take or leave from the back through the 80's - I've heard it live many times by the band but they really kicked this song up a bit. The graphics on the lcd screen was awesome too most of the night but especially on "In The Cage."
"I Know What I Like" really sounded new and fresh, and again the back screen graphics made it a treat to watch as well as listen.
So much was great, so much material to choose from all of which sounded really great. I sat near a big fan that went all out for the concert merchandise. It was a husband who was the big fan, he bought the denim jacket ($140), tour program ($30), Pop Up Stage Book and DVD Set ($60) and a T Shirt ($40) for himself. His wife protested a bit to us about it, but he said that he loves Genesis and that was plain to see! My hubby got me a t-shirt, I didn't want her to do it,
but she insisted.
We liked the show so much, I am taking her up for Wednesday night's show as well. Maybe the last time we get the chance to see Genesis in Philly! Unless of course they record some material and take the world by storm again next summer! You have to strike while the irom is hot they say, so we'll see what happens.
Amy Z. QuinnIt's easy to forget, given the burning hatred still aimed at the group for its post-Peter Gabriel efforts, that from the late 1970s into the mid-'90s, Genesis -- which opened a three-night reunion concert at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center Tuesday night -- scored a nearly unbelievable string of hits, more than a dozen across seven albums. Many of them, including "Land of Confusion," "Tonight Tonight," the wimpy "Hold On My Heart," the maudlin "No Son of Mine" and the downright cheesy "I Can't Dance," were faithfully and more-than-competently reproduced for a wildly appreciative sold-out crowd Tuesday at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
While those choices were certainly crowd-pleasers and Phil Collins' voice, always slightly reedy, seemed extraordinarily strong, the big MTV hits seemed downright weak when compared with earlier Collins-era hits like "Home By The Sea," "Domino," a surprisingly sexy version of "Mama" and perennial wedding-dance favorite "Follow You, Follow Me."
Throughout, Collins -- fit, frisky and now wholly bald at 56 -- jaunted around the stage and took turns behind the drums, showing himself to be in fine form. Oddly, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks seem to have been held in suspended animation for the last few decades, as they don't seem to have aged much since the "Invisible Touch" tour that played Philly's Veterans Stadium back in 1987.
To their credit, Genesis devoted a good portion of its set to even earlier works, including "A Trick of the Tail" ("Ripples," "Los Endos") from 1976, "Duke" and "Selling England By The Pound." But while it might have seemed wise to blend the longer songs together, medley-style, it did little to highlight each song's strengths. And disappointingly, the whole show ignored the stellar "Abacab" album, which spawned three solid hits -- "No Reply At All," "Man On The Corner" and the title track, any of which would have been a more satisfying alternative to the "Invisible Touch"-era synth-pop selections.