NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS
December 2008

December 24, 2008
New Book on Album Artwork Features Introduction by Peter Gabriel

A new book, Album Cover Album, has been released which showcases the artwork of classic album art work for various albums released between the 1950s and the 1970s. The 160-page hardcover, full color coffee table style book is edited by album cover artists Roger Dean and Storm Thorgerson and includes a new forward by Peter Gabriel, John Wetton, and Storm Thorgerson. Among the many, many album covers featured includes covers for albums by Yes, The Rolling Stones, ELP, King Crimson, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, The Who, Cat Stevens, Pink Floyd, The Nice, and many others (surprisingly, none of Thorgerson's covers for Peter Gabriel's first three solo albums or his album art for Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway were included).

December 21, 2008
Things To Look Forward To In 2009...

With the holidays almost here, it's hard not to look ahead to the new year. Some of the forthcoming 2009 releases and tours we already know we can look forward to are:

Genesis - 1970-1975 (European only LP version of the box set) - release date: January 12, 2009
Genesis - Japanese only mini LP sleeve CD+SACDs of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by The Pound, and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - release date: January 28, 2009
Tony Banks - A Curious Feeling (CD+DVD remixed and remastered stereo/5.1 surround sound reissue) - release date: TBD
Paul Carrack - European Tour Dates (available on the official Paul Carrack site)
Peter Gabriel - Tour (specifics yet to be determined beyond South America)
Steve Hackett - Yet unnamed Steve Hackett and Chris Squire rock project - release date: TBD
Ray Wilson - European Tour Dates (available on the official Ray Wilson site)

December 21, 2008
Plenty of New Releases and Reissues Featuring Chester Thompson Released

Since completing the Genesis 2007 Turn It On Again Tour, Chester Thompson has arguably been one of the most active musicians connected with that tour. New albums released featuring Chester Thompson on drums include: Garnet Mimms' Is Anybody Out There?, Denny Jiosa's Dreams Like This, Steve Cropper (of the Blues Brothers) and Felix Cavaliere's (of The Animals) Nudge It Up A Notch, and the reissue of Freddie Hubbard's long out of print 1979 album, Love Connection. There is reportedly additional studio session work that has yet to be released. It sounds like we have more to look forward to in 2009!

December 13, 2008
Phil Collins' Management Announces Closing of His Official Website

It is with great regret, that I report that the Official Phil Collins site will be closing. This was announced on December 10th with the post below on the official site:
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"I have been asked by Phil's management to let all forum members know that they plan to close down both the Phil Collins web site and the forum at a date in the near future yet to be determined.

Activity on the web site and, more recently, on the forum has been in steady decline over the past couple of years and it has been decided that there is little point in having separate Genesis and Phil Collins web sites. Some of the information on the PC site will be transferred to the
Official Genesis Web Site and PC forum members are encouraged to join (if not already members) the Genesis forum on that site.

I am sorry to be the bearer of such tidings.

I wish all PC fans well in the future and hope that you enjoyed yourselves here for at least some of the time.

Cheers and goodbye.

PC Webmaster"

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Phil's web presence will live on through the official Genesis site as mentioned above. No official closing date has been announced yet.


December 13, 2008

Free Paul Carrack Download Available On-Line

For a limited time, you can get a free official download of Paul Carrack's new single, "It Ain't Easy (To Love Somebody)." The song is available on Paul's latest album, I Know That Name.


December 13, 2008

Three Mexican Tour Dates Confirmed for Peter Gabriel in Early 2009

First, Mexican concert promoter announced two Peter Gabriel concert tour dates for March 27th and 29th of 2009 in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico, respectively. This was later confirmed on the official Peter Gabriel site along with a third concert date on March 31st in Monterrey, Mexico. The official Peter Gabriel site says that these dates will be part of a 2009 South American Tour, with additional tour dates to follow. More when it is announced!

December 7, 2008

Peter Gabriel Nominated For Grammy Awards

Peter Gabriel has been nominated for two Grammy Awards! The nominations are for "Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media" for the song "Down To Earth" and for "Best Instrumental Arrangement" for the song "Define Dancing" which he recorded for the Walt Disney/Pixar motion picture Wall-E. The soundtrack was also nominated for "Best Score Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture, Television, Or Other Visual Media" for Thomas Newman's score for the film. Peter Gabriel's last soundtrack Grammy nomination came in 1999 for "That'll Do" for the film Babe II: Pig In The City. He performed the song live at the Grammy's in March of that year with composer Randy Newman.

The Grammy Awards will take place on February 8, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The show will be broadcast live in high definition and surround sound from 8:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. (EST).  To date, there has been no confirmation as to whether or not Peter Gabriel will perform either song at the event.

December 7, 2008
Steve Hackett Makes A Guest Appearance At Penang Island Jazz Festival

According to The Star, Steve Hackett made an appearance at the Penang Island Jazz Fesitval in Malaysia on Saturday, December 6th, with the Hungarian band Djabe. Hackett has performed with the band at other concerts in the past and appears on the band's 2004 album,
Sheafs are Dancing.
 

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