NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS
DECEMBER 2006
 

December 31, 2006
Goodbye, 2006... Hello, 2007!

As anyone who has followed recent news in the Genesis universe knows, 2007 promises to be a banner year. Not just because of the Genesis reunion tour, but also because the amount of reissues and releases that are already known to be coming out. Among the titles we already know are coming out in 2007 are:

GENESIS
- Remixed/Remastered 2.0/5.1 studio albums - Trick of the Tail through Abacab (March)
- Remixed/Remastered 2.0/5.1 studio albums - Genesis through Calling All Stations (June/July)
- Remixed/Remastered 2.0/5.1 studio albums - Trespass through The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (late 2007/early 2008)

PAUL CARRACK
- New studio album (title and release date unknown)

STEVE HACKETT
- Remastered editions of Cured and Highly Strung with bonus tracks.

ANTHONY PHILLIPS
- 2-CD Expanded Remastered editions of Wise After The Event, 1984, and The Geese and the Ghost

STILTSKIN
- Concert DVD (title and release date unknown)

Of course, there may be others... Only time will tell. Of course, all dates may be subject to change. Happy New Year!

December 21, 2006
Pre-Orders On Steve Hackett Remasters Now Available!

You can now pre-order the digitally remastered versions of Steve Hackett's Cured and Highly Strung due for release on January 29th in Europe. Like the other EMI/Virgin remasters, these CDs include bonus tracks, new liner notes, and a slipcase. Cured Bonus tracks include: Bonus tracks are the recording of 'Tales of the Riverbank' which originally appeared as the B-side to 'Hope I Don't Wake', the original version of 'Second Chance', commissioned for the TV series of the same name, and a live version of 'The Air-Conditioned Nightmare' recorded at 1981's Reading Festival with Steve's then touring band of Ian Mosley, John Hackett, Nick Magnus and Chas Cronk. Highly Strung's bonus tracks are: 'Guitar Boogie', an encore favorite recorded at the time of the album, a 12-inch version of 'Walking Through Walls' which we believe only ever appeared on the original US release, and the recording of 'Time Lapse At Milton Keynes' which was the B-side to the 'Cell 151' 12-inch single. Pre-order yours today!

December 21, 2006
Nick Davis Confirms Formats on Forthcoming Genesis Remastered Back Catalog

On the forum of the official Genesis site, Nick Davis confirmed that the formats of the European and North American Genesis remasters would be different. Davis stated, " In the USA, it will be a DVD-V 5.1 (DTS and Dolby Digital) and stereo CD release (also known as CD+DVD). In Europe, they will be DVD-V (DTS and Dolby Digital) and SACD (stereo and 5.1) release." The stereo mixes for the first batch of reissues due in March 2007 (the studio albums from Trick of the Tail through Abacab) are the new Nick Davis remixes. There will be an extra disc set (with the same formats listed above) in the extra titles from this period. 

December 15, 2006
Phil Collins' Tarzan Celebrates 250 Shows on Broadway

On December 15, 2006, Walt Disney's Broadway adaptation of Tarzan featuring the music of Phil Collins celebrated its 250th show on Broadway. Read more about it here or click here to watch an 8-minute behind the scenes video featuring Phil and the original Broadway cast! Click here to order the original Broadway cast recording of Tarzan on compact disc, which includes "Everything That I Am" sung by Phil Collins.

December 15, 2006
Peter Gabriel Meets Father Christmas

In a new video clip on the official Peter Gabriel site, Peter shares his Christmas encounter in meeting Saint Nick himself! Check it out!

December 15, 2006
Genesis Adds Another Date To 2007 European Reunion Tour

A new tour date has been added on the first leg of the 2007 Turn It On Again Genesis reunion tour. On June 24th Genesis will play Stade Roi Baudouin in Brussels, Belgium. For a complete list of tour dates, click here.

December 9, 2006
Peter Gabriel Becomes a Judge on UK Reality Show

According to BBC News, Peter Gabriel (along with producer William Orbit, Rough Trade founder Jeff Travis, African star Angelique Kidjo and Dirty Pretty Things drummer Gary Powell) judged the finalists on The Next Big Thing, the UK's latest reality show seeking to find the best young musical talent across the globe. Simon Cowell, look out!

December 7, 2006
Genesis' Monaco Tour Date In July Rescheduled For Lyon

According to the official Genesis site, the Genesis tour date on July 12, 2007 (initially scheduled for Monaco) has been rescheduled for Gerland Stadium in Lyon.

December 7, 2006
Nick Davis Confirms New Interviews On Forthcoming Genesis Reissues

On the official Genesis site's forum, Producer/Engineer Nick Davis confirmed that the forthcoming Genesis stereo/5.1 surround sound remasters not only include bonus tracks but also new interviews with the band about the making of each album on the bonus disc. The first batch of reissues, which are due in March 2007, feature interviews with Hackett, Banks, Rutherford and Collins on Trick of the Tail and Wind and Wuthering, and interviews with Banks, Collins, Rutherford talking about ...And Then There Were Three, Duke, and Abacab.

December 6, 2006
Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford and Others Participate In New Charity Auction For WITNESS

According to an article on Sonic State,
a vintage Fairlight CMI keyboard signed by 44 legendary artists who used it to define the sound of the Eighties. The Fairlight will be auctioned online up until live auction at the WITNESS Benefit Dinner and Concert in New York City on December 11, 2006. With a starting bid of $100,000 already registered, this is a gift that will likely appreciate considerably over time and, because it’s being auctioned for charity, will keep on giving beyond the holiday season.

Fairlight has donated a vintage CMI (Computer Music Instrument) keyboard and arranged to have all 43 keys plus the chassis autographed by the artists that made the instrument the most important development in music in the Eighties. The signatory artists, who used the CMI to radically change the music of the day, include Lindsey Buckingham, Nick Rhodes, Stuart Copeland, Elvis Costello, Mike Oldfield, Hans Zimmer, Roland Orzabal, Barry Gibb, Steve Winwood, Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson, JJ Jeczalik, Joni Mitchell, Annie Lennox, Boris Blank, Midge Ure, Alan Parsons, Geoff Downes, Brian Wilson, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Sir George Martin, John Paul Jones, Trevor Horn, Jim Kerr, Brian Eno, Jean Michel Jarre, Howard Jones, Herbie Hancock, Thomas Dolby, Keith Emerson, Mark Mothersbaugh, Bono, Jan Hammer, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, Iva Davies, David Hirschfelder, Chick Corea, Daryl Hall,
Mike Rutherford, Billy Gibbons, Peter Gabriel and David Bowie.

Peter Gabriel classics like "Shock The Monkey" and "Sledgehammer" are two examples of Peter Gabriel's use of the Fairlight CMI keyboard, the world's first digital music sampler. For more information, go to the WITNESS website.

December 4, 2006
Ray Wilson DVD Coming Next Summer

According to an e-newsletter from the
official Ray Wilson site, there will be a DVD released next year and this will primarily be taken from the recent Ray Wilson and Stiltskin Tour. It will also include other archive material from Ray’s catalog and the stories Ray has told during his concerts as a special bonus feature. The DVD is due for release circa Summer 2007.

December 4, 2006
Update On Phil Collins Charity Auction

According to an article on TheRockRadio.com, Phil Collins' donated black and white Puma trainer boots have topped $500 on eBay, the second highest bid out of all donations in the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) auction so far. As previously announced in November, the auction runs through December 8th, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to MAG, which works to clear minefields and destroy small arms and light weapons around the world. To make a bid, go to eBay and do a seller's search for givelandminestheboot.

December 4, 2006
Peter Gabriel To Co-Host WITNESS Annual Benefit Gala In New York

According to a press release from WITNESS, Peter Gabriel and film sensation Gael García Bernal will co-host the “Focus for Change” benefit for WITNESS, the international human rights group, on December 11, 2006 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The event will include performances by Paul Simon, Angélique Kidjo and Kate Pierson & Fred Schneider of the B-52’s.

WITNESS, the New York-based organization that deploys video and technology to promote human rights causes worldwide, was co-founded in 1992 by Peter Gabriel. WITNESS has partnered with groups in more than 60 countries, bringing often unseen images, untold stories and seldom heard voices to the attention of key decision makers, the media, and the general public -- prompting grassroots activism, political engagement,
and lasting change.

December 3, 2006
Rare Live Genesis Recordings Unearthed and Available On-Line for Free!

Yes, you read that correctly. The estate of the late legendary Bill Graham was recently sold and many of the rare recordings in Graham's collection have been made available on-line as free streaming audio while you surf the web! In addition to rare live SOUNDBOARD quality performances by Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, The Who and countless others, you will find a complete 1986 Genesis gig from California, a portion of another gig from Texas 1978 (!) and a Phil Collins complete concert from California 1982! Enjoy it while it lasts, I can't imagine that it will be on-line very long!

December 3, 2006
Paul Carrack Performs On Dutch Television

Click here to see Paul Carrack performing "Dedicated" from his new greatest hits album The Story So Far... live on Dutch television as the Top 2000 request for number one Dutch singer Marco Borsato.

December 3, 2006
Genesis 2007 Tour Date Cancelled Due To Staging Limitations

According to the official Genesis site, following a visit to Monaco by the Genesis' production manager; they have realized that they will not be able to put the show on in the Monaco Stadium due to the size of the 2007 production. Once they have had time to review the options, they will update their information on the official Genesis site.

December 3, 2006
Genesis' Growing Resurgence Gaining Notice On The World Wide Web

According to an article in Personal Computer World, the traffic on the official Genesis site has increased 50% in the past eight weeks since the announcement of the 2007 Turn It On Again Tour. In other news, more than one third of the Genesis tour dates, all of which are in large outdoor football stadiums, have sold out in Europe with most others all very close to sold out. Turn it on again indeed!

December 3, 2006
New Article Posted On Peter Gabriel's 'Filter'

As reported here back in October, the Filter is designed to study the music stored on a computer and suggest other albums and artists based on the owner's tastes and works with iTunes. There is a new article on The Filter featured in Wired. According to Gabriel, "The first wave of the digital revolution was about the freedom of choice, trying to make everything accessible to anyone, anyplace, anytime. I think the second wave will in some ways be about freedom from choice. It will be able to filter and focus so that you get more of what you want, what excites, entertains and surprises you."

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