by Volker Warncke
They were the last band of the day, coming on at about 11.45 p.m. and playing for about 1 hr 45 min. They were headliner of the day together with Bob Dylan, who had played his 90 minute set before. During I Can't Dance Ray was a bit hesitant with his mouth organ initially and said something like "Bob can do this better". The stage was huge, with a giant video screen on each side showing what happens on stage, giving quite a few good insights into the details of the performance. Genesis did use their Jumbotrons! So it was very nice to see them introduce themselves with the impressive CAS animation!
The atmosphere in the audience wasn't too bad but I've seen more enthusiastic Genesis audiences. I guess most of those standing in front of the stage and further in the back around the numerous food stands were there to: 1. eat something, 2. chill out before returning to the camping grounds for the night, 3. try to cure their alcohol poisoning by lying around like the dead and getting trampled on, 4. see Genesis. In the front, no. 2 and no. 4 were in the majority, in the back, no. 1 and no. 3 ruled. I suppose this composition of the audience explains the setlist
The performance was mostly as usual, Ray didn't say much, HBTS was just introduced by the reference to a German girl he's looking forto come to his HBTS. No girl during ICD. I would venture to say that Ray produced a couple of unusual beats, especially during Domino, where there sometimes two very fast beats where there is usually only one. Might have been mistakes, dunno. All in all, quite enjoyable; but I couldn't quite see how the famed festival atmosphere of a mega-event like this added anything to the performance of Genesis. Most of the people were there for (and looked like this) for acts like Ozzy, Prodigy, Van Halen, Bad Religion, and the like. But Rodger Hodgson must have been fantastic! (he was on right before I arrived :-(