Mama Tour

The Band

Phil Collins
Tony Banks
Mike Rutherford
Daryl Stuermer
Chester Thompson

The Setlist

That's All
11th Earl Of Mar/Squonk/Firth Of fifth/Illegal Alien
Man On The Corner
Home By The Sea/Second Home By The Sea/The Carpet Crawlers
Keep It Dark
It's Gonna Get Better
Drum Duet/Los Endos
Turn It On Again (with medley)

The 1st show of the tour had the medley 11th Earl Of Mar/Ripples/Squonk/Firth of fifth.
The second leg of the US tour in 1984 had 11th Earl Of Mar/The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
Firth Of Fifth/The Musical Box and In The Cage.

The Dates

06) Horton Fieldhouse - Illinois State U. - Normal
07) Horton Fieldhouse - Illinois State U. - Normal
08) Hilton Coliseum - Iowa State University - Ames
09) Civic Center - St. Paul
10) Mecca Arena - Milwaukee
11) Rosemont Horizon - Chicago
12) Rosemont Horizon - Chicago
13) Rosemont Horizon - Chicago
14) Joe Louis Arena - Detroit
16) Capital Centre - Landover
17) Madison Square Garden - NYC
18) Madison Square Garden - NYC
20) Forum - Montreal
21) Forum - Montreal
22) Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto
23) Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto
24) Maple Leaf Gardens - Toronto
25) Spectrum - Philadelphia
26) Spectrum - Philadelphia
27) Spectrum - Philadelphia
29) Civic Center - Worcester
30) Civic Center - Worcester

01) Civic Center - Hartford
02) Carrier Dome - Syracuse
03) Memorial or Municipal Auditorium - Buffalo
04) Richfield Coliseum - Cleveland
05) Richfield Coliseum - Cleveland
07) Civic Arena - Pittsburgh
08) Riverfront Coliseum - Cincinnati
10) The Scope - Norfolk
11) Coliseum - Greensboro
12) Municipal Coliseum - Nashville
13) Omni Center - Atlanta
15) Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Jacksonville
16) Lakeland Civic Center - Florida
17) Hollywood Sportatorium - Miami

06) Cow Palace - San Francisco
09) PNE Coliseum - Vancouver
10) Tacoma Dome - Seattle
12) The Forum - Inglewood - Los Angeles
13) The Forum - Inglewood - Los Angeles
14) The Forum - Inglewood - Los Angeles
15) Arizona State University Assembly Center - Phoenix
17) McNichols Arena - Denver
19) Lloyd Noble Arena - Norman
20) Assembly Center - Tulsa
21) Reunion Arena - Dallas
22) The Summit - Houston
23) UT Frank Erwin Center - Austin
24) UT Frank Erwin Center - Austin
25) Lakefront Arena - New Orleans
26) Midsouth Coliseum - Memphis
28) Arena - St. Louis
29) Kemper Arena - Kansas City
31) Rupp Arena - Lexington

01) Market Square Arena - Indianapolis
03) Civic Auditorium - Omaha
04) Civic Center - Peoria
05) Dane County Coliseum - Madison
07) Civic Center - St. Paul
09) Arena - Winnipeg
11) Olympic Saddle Dome - Calgary
12) Northlands Coliseum - Edmonton
14) BSU The Pavilion - Boise
16) Lawlor Events Center - Reno
17) Thomas Mack Center - Las Vegas
19) Coliseum - Oakland
20) Coliseum - Oakland
25) National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham
26) National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham
27) National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham
28) National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham
29) National Exhibition Centre - Birmingham


by Lee Barrish

Each time, it's a gamble.

You risk life and limb in the madhouse lines to lay down money in exchange for tickets that will admit you to the Coliseum to experience a band called Genesis.

But, do you really know what you're going to get for that money?

It will be enjoyable entertainment, for sure. However, with a band that has traveled as many directions and has amassed as many hits as Genesis, even speculation as to the evenings content is difficult, if not downright impossible.

Sunday's soldout performance (a second show followed last night) was more than just proof of that.

UNLIKE other bands, the three men who are Genesis- keyboardist Tony Banks, guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford and now full-time front man and part-time drummer Phil Collins- opt to have few constant factors in their set carry over from tour to tour.

The only exception, generally, is their unrivaled computerized lighting system.

The 2 and 1/2 hour production began with a selection from 1981's "Abacab" album, "Dodo." It was followed by the title track of that LP, which was delivered with studio-like perfection. A certain boldness was displayed by the placement of the following two selections, "That's All" and "Mama," the current and first hit singles from their new self-titled LP. Four songs into the set, and all four were smashes.

Any thoughts of the band running out of fuel were laid to rest as Collins stepped to the mike and uniquely explained that the remainder of the show would be a mixture of old and new.

The new obviously was favored. Five of the nine songs from that "Abacab" album were included, and six of of the nine from the new LP.

With the exception of the motionless "Home By the Sea" and the continuation of "Second Home By the Sea" (the evening's only spots of dead air), it was these newer tunes, sprinkled with such past hits as "Misunderstanding" and "Follow You Follow Me," that thrilled the youthful crowd.

In the older, more orchestrated pieces, the band displayed its best musicianship, though, at times, some of these tunes seemed a bit lengthy.

Collins, without a doubt remains the focal point. Banks is all business and gives the impression of being someone who tucks himself away in the research libraries of some music institute. Rutherford, who traded off bass and guitar assignments with tour extra Daryl Stuermer, seemed content to merely do his job, oblivious to the crowd.

This left Collins to pick up all the visual slack, something he has specialized in since the 1976 departure of Peter Gabriel. Chester Thompson, meanwhile, handled most of the drumming duties. Despite the exclusion of such classics as "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway" and "I Know What I Like," this show was far superior to last year's visit.

The gamble made in buying tickets for this Genesis performance paid off.=)

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