NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS - FEB. 2003

February 27, 2003
Second Single From Phil Collins' Testify Album Announced For The U.S.

According to the official Phil Collins site,
"Come With Me", is the next single for airplay release in the U.S. The track is #2 in the AC Most Added List this week.

February 27, 2003
Gabriel Loses To Springsteen At The Grammy Awards

Peter Gabriel lost to Bruce Springsteen this past week at the 45th annual Grammy Awards for the category of Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. As previously reported, Gabriel did appear at the end of the broadcast to present one of the final awards of the evening to the night's big winner, Nora Jones. On a positive note, Gabriel's Real World Records scored that night as The Blind Boys of Alabama won a Grammy Award for their album (The Blind Boys are also featured on Gabriel's latest album, Up).

February 23, 2003
New Phil Collins DVD Confirmed For North American Release; TV Appearance Announced

According to the official Phil Collins site, the Sanctuary DVD for Phil Collins new BBC documentary, A Life Less Ordinary, will see a U.S. release shortly after the European release. More information will follow when available. June does appear to be the month of the U.S. release.

The official website also revealed that Phil will be appearing on the National Lottery TV show in the U.K. on March 15th performing "The Least You Can Do" from his latest release, Testify.

February 23, 2003
Paul Carrack Announces Release of New Album and Single

According to the official Paul Carrack site, Paul is hard at work, trying to complete his new album by mid-March to secure a May 5th release. He also hopes to release a new single on April 14th. This will not be "Where Did I Go Wrong", as previously announced both here and on his official website. The single will be "She Lived Down the Street" which was co-written with Chris Difford (of Squeeze). The extra track on the CD single will be a live version of "Walk In The Room" recorded at Royal Albert Hall in London, England in 2002.

At this point, this is no indication that the originally scheduled single "Where Did I Go Wrong" will be released. For those collectors out there, keep checking Ebay. I have seen quite a few promo copies circulating, and if it is never commercially released, the value should go up significantly since it has a b-side not included on the currently planned single!

February 22, 2003
Peter Gabriel Television Appearances Announced

According to Page Six, Peter Gabriel will be presenting an award at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, February 23rd. The exact award that Mr. Gabriel will be presenting is unknown at this time. Peter Gabriel will also be appearing on an Italian TV show, RAI1 - San Remo, on March 4th.

February 22, 2003

Wilson Launches Major Update To His Official Website; Hopes of A U.S. Tour Discussed 

To coincide with the release of his forthcoming album, Change, Ray Wilson has completely revamped his official website. The site now includes audio clips from songs off his new album as well as a bulletin board, album lyrics, and other goodies. On the bulletin board, Wilson revealed that he hopes to plan a U.S. tour. stay tuned for more details as they become available! 

February 16, 2003
Additional Peter Gabriel Tour Dates Added In Europe

According to the official Peter Gabriel site, a few additional tour dates have been added in Europe. The confirmed dates are: Stuttgart on May 24th, Cologne on May 25th, and Lyon on May 27th. Some additional dates that have yet to be confirmed are: Toulouse or Nice for May 28th, Poznan on May 30th, and Barcelona on June 1st. Once these additional dates have been confirmed by the official site or a major ticketing agency (such as Ticketmaster), I will post it here. For more on the European leg of Gabriel's 'Growing Up' Tour click here.

February 16, 2003
New Trailer For Disney/Collins Movie On-Line

As previously reported, Phil lended his voice to one of the characters in Walt Disney's Jungle Book 2 animated feature which is now in theaters in the U.S. If you would like to see the movie trailer to the film click here

February 16, 2003
Collins Raises £760
For Wildlife Charity

As previously reported back in January, Phil Collins donated a sketch to a charity auction. According to the official Genesis site, Phil's sketch raised £760 for the Dorset Wildlife Trust in their charity auction
.

February 14, 2003
Collins and Gabriel Speak Out On The Possibility Of War With Iraq

According to The New York Times, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel, among other celebrities, have signed a petition against the potential war on Iraq. The article states, "...In Britain, a similar petition appeared today in The Guardian, signed by, among others, the musicians Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, the playwright David Hare and the actors Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman. In Spain, where the film establishment turned a recent film awards ceremony into a virtual anti-war demonstration several weeks ago, the Director Pedro Almodóvar plans to present an anti-war manifesto at a rally in Madrid on Saturday" (Thanks to Jonathan Mannering for passing that along!).

February 14, 2003
Phil Collins Documentary Set For Video Release in April

According to Amazon, the BBC Phil Collins documentary, A Life Less Ordinary, will be released on DVD and VHS in Europe on April 14th (catalog # SVE3031) on Sanctuary Digital Entertainment with a running time of one-hour. As you know, WoG originally reported that the documentary was coming to DVD over a month ago. There is no U.S. release announced as yet. I do have it on good authority from a reliable source that it may surface in the U.S. in June.

February 14, 2003
Track Listing For Ray Wilson Album And Single Announced

As previously reported here, Ray's forthcoming album, Change, will be released on April 22nd. 

The track listing from Change is:
Intro
Goodbye Baby Blue
Change
Along The Way
Yesterday
Beach
Cry If You Want To
Beautiful Child
She Fades Away
I Look For You There
Believe
Another Day
The Last Horizon

The first single will be the title track, which is set for release on March 17th. 

The track listing for the single is
:
Change (Radio Edit)
Change (Album Version)
Change (Radio Remix)
Gouranga (Single Bonus Track)
Not About Us (taken from Live & Acoustic)
(Special thanks to Inside Out Music for passing this information along!)

February 14, 2003
Phil Collins Set To Perform At Charity Concert In England In March

Phil Collins will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, on March 25th for a charity show with Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton and other rock superstars in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. For more information on the event click here.

February 7, 2003
Genesis/Gabriel Honored In VH-1 Programs

On February 15th, VH-1 will air "The 100 Greatest Videos." Among the list are Genesis' "Land of Confusion" at #62 and Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer" at #3. Gabriel is also acknowledged on VH-1's "100 Greatest Love Songs" which is scheduled to air on Valentine's Day, February 14th. On the latter list, Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" comes in at #18. For more information on these programs, check out the VH-1 website.

February 6, 2003
Phil Collins Tribute Finally Getting A U.S. Release On Atlantic Records

According to Amazon and CDNow, the R&B/Rap Phil Collins tribute album, Urban Renewal, will finally see a U.S. release on Atlantic Records on February 25th. The tribute album was released over a year ago in Europe and Asia and included artists such as Brandy, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Brian McKnight, Montell Jordan, Chico DeBarge, and Lil Kim covering classic Collins tunes. Unlike previous versions in other countries, the U.S. version will be an enhanced CD. 

February 5, 2003
New Paul Carrack Tour Dates Announced

On the official Paul Carrack site, new tour dates for Germany have been added for May. Click here to see them.


February 5, 2003
Peter Gabriel DVD Delayed

According to several retail and on-line music chains in the U.S., Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live DVD, which was due for release this month, has been delayed until March 11th. No news is available as to why this release was postponed.
 

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