February 28, 2010
Is Phil Collins on Your iPhone? He Could Be!

There is a new iPhone (and iPod Touch) music app from OutofTheBit called Vintage Drum 1.0 that samples many popular artists from the past 30 years. Among these drum samples include music by legendary artists like Phil Collins, Prince, Sting, and many more. According to Product Reviews News, for a limited time, the app is available for an introductory price of just .99 cents (the normal price will be $2.99 U.S. dollars). Vintage Drum is also available as a free scaled down version but without the mixer and sound reverberation switch.

February 27, 2010
Rutherford and Banks Chime In On Rumors About Gabriel Snubbing Genesis For The Hall of Fame Event

Rolling Stone Magazine has posted a new article featuring comments by Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks on rumors that Peter Gabriel snubbed Genesis by announcing that he would not be attending the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction for Genesis. Rutherford and Banks share that Gabriel's inability to make the event due to preparations for his 2010 world tour seem legitimate and they feel confident he would have attended if he could. Also of note, they mention that the newly revamped Mike and the Mechanics (featuring Andrew Roachford on lead vocals) will be completed in May. Be sure to check out the article!

February 25, 2010
The Official Genesis Site Announces Its Being Shut Down

Its a sad day for Genesis fans. Ironically, within days of the band's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the official Genesis site,, announced today that the band's management has decided to close the site down. The official statement says, "The [official] Genesis website will be closing down shortly.  UltraStar have come to the decision to no longer host the Genesis site, and until a time in the future when a more thorough web presence is necessary, the website will cease to exist..."

While no official end date has been provided, apparently the band's contract with Ultrastar, the company who manages the website, is due to expire. The official site began in July 2001 and ran more than eight years, the last few years of which with Ultrastar. There will be a page of links in place of the official site, directing fans to a variety of other Genesis related sites - hopefully, World of among them! It will be missed, but please be assured that World of plans to be around for a very long time to come!

February 23, 2010
More Details Revealed About Genesis' Induction Into The Rock Hall of Fame
Its been formally announced that Phish frontman Trey Anastasio will have the honor of inducting Genesis into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this March. As previously mentioned, the show will be broadcast on Fuse on Monday, March 15th at 8:30 p.m. (EST). Don't miss seeing Genesis, ABBA, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Jimmy Cliff, and The Hollies get inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

February 21, 2010
Genesis To Be Featured on In The Studio Radio Show In March

Genesis will be featured on two special episodes of In The Studio, a North American radio show. The program features music from the band's 40+ year history plus interviews with Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford. This special radio show will be aired in two parts on March 1st and March 8th in honor of the band's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. To find a radio station that will be airing these In The Studio shows, please check their site for local listings.

February 20, 2010
Both Peter Gabriel New York Shows Sold Out For 2010 Tour

In a matter of minutes after going on sale, both Peter Gabriel New York City shows this May at the Radio City Music Hall completely sold out. If you missed out on your chance to get seats for these rare orchestral performances, tickets do remain for the Gabriel show at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California on May 7th. To date, these three U.S. shows represent three of the five North American tour dates announced for Peter Gabriel as part of his 2010 New Blood Tour (tickets also remain for the other two dates in Montreal, Canada at the Bell Centre on April 28th and 29th).

February 20, 2010

Paul D'Adamo Album Featuring Members of Phil Collins' Touring Band Coming Soon

As reported here previously, Paul D'Adamo is a musician who's forthcoming debut album features many members of Phil Collins' touring band: Brad Cole, Chester Thompson, Daryl Stuermer, Luis Conte, Amy Keys, Arnold McCuller, Gerald Albright and more! D'Adamo reports on his Facebook page that the digital download version of the new album will be released in May with the CD/DVD issue reportedly available in June. No pre-order information is available at this time, but you can read all about the project in the 2009 interview with Brad Cole and Paul D'Adamo here.

February 20, 2010
EMI/Caroline Announces U.S. Only Double A-Side 7" Vinyl Peter Gabriel Single

EMI/Caroline Distribution who are releasing Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back in North America have announced the release of a double A-side vinyl 7" single for The Magnetic Fields' "Book of Love" performed by Peter Gabriel with "One of Us" written by Gabriel and performed by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. This exclusive single will only be available in independent record stores for Record Store Day in the U.S.A. on April 17th.

February 13, 2010
Air Dates Announced For Genesis Behind The Music "Remastered" on VH-1 Classic

As an update to the news posted here on February 6th (see below), the airing of the new Genesis Behind The Music "Remastered" version will be at 10:00 p.m. (EST) on Saturday, February 20th, and Sunday, February 21st at 1:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. (EST) on VH-1 Classic. This is the same documentary featured on the bonus disc of the 2009 Genesis Movie Box. To see clips of this newly updated history on the band click here, here and here. As previously reported, this new "Remastered" version follows the history of Genesis through their 2007 reunion tour and recent projects outside of Genesis for some of its members, including Mike and the Mechanics' 2004 Rewired album (which were obviously not included on the original 1999 Genesis Behind The Music program).  

February 13, 2010
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Confirms That Peter Gabriel Will Not Be At Genesis' Induction Ceremony

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame president Joel Peresman said in a statement Thursday that Peter Gabriel has informed them that he has a scheduling conflict with his 2010 New Blood Tour tour that will prevent him from attending the ceremony to induct Genesis in March, the band he helped co-found.

February 10, 2010
Phil Collins to Appear on All-Star Arif Mardin Album/Documentary This June

Legendary Producer Arif Mardin's last project is about to be released for the first time. All My Friends Are Here, Mardin's final project that was started before he passed away from cancer in 2006, promises to be a shining star on the career of one of the music industry's greatest producers. The all-star album, tentatively scheduled for release on June 15, 2010 in North America, features many of the acts Mardin helped play a role in shaping over the years, including: Phil Collins, Norah Jones, Barry Gibb, Bette Midler, members of The Average White Band, Chaka Khan, David Sanborn, Carly Simon, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Hall & Oates, Dianne Reeves, Randy Brecker, and members of The Rascals just to name a few.

"The Greatest Ears in Town," the companion documentary, is the visual testament to Arif Mardin and will be released soon after the album release in June. Under the careful eye of Joe Mardin (Co-Producer and son of Arif Mardin), the film follows Arif Mardin's recording of "All My Friends Are Here," while also telling his life story. Interviews with Aretha Franklin, Sir George Martin, Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Barry & Robin Gibb, among others, as well as historical footage of recording sessions provide a rare and insightful look not only at the creative genius behind the songs but also the very special husband, father and gentlemen he was. As Ahmet Ertegun, the late, legendary founder of Atlantic Records comments in the documentary, "Arif developed a sense of artist loyalty and friendship that few producers I know have ever done, because of his natural nobility. He was one of the greatest producers of the 20th Century."

February 8, 2010
Peter Gabriel Pre-Orders For North American Shows Announced

Today, a surprise pre-order for Peter Gabriel's recently announced shows in Montreal, Los Angeles, and New York City took place. Actually, two pre-orders took place for these shows: one for American Express credit card customers and one for members of the official Peter Gabriel site.

If you did not get tickets before they sold out, fear not! You will still be able to purchase tickets when they officially go on sale to the public on February 15th for the Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles, California and on February 16th for the New York City shows. Or, if you want 'special' exclusive ticket bundles, you can get them from the official Peter Gabriel site now while supplies last. These ticket bundles include one ticket guaranteed in the first 15 rows, a New Blood tour laminate, exclusive access to Peter Gabriel's sound check, a t-shirt, and a copy of Peter's new album, Scratch My Back, all for
£345.00 plus a £10 ticket fee (roughly $553 per ticket) for each of the North American shows... while supplies last! Similar packages also exist for the European shows. Check the Peter Gabriel site for details.

February 8, 2010
Daryl Stuermer confirms that Genesis will not perform at Hall of Fame Induction

Sad news for Genesis fans... On Daryl Stuermer's Facebook page, the Genesis touring guitarist confirms that Genesis has no plans to perform at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 15th in New York City. This confirms statements made by Chester Thompson last month and Peter Gabriel's prior statements about not performing at the event. The event will be televised live by Fuse! (available through the Dish Network).

February 6, 2010
VH-1 Airing "Remastered" Version of Genesis - Behind The Music

The Genesis "Remastered" version of VH-1's Behind The Music will air on the VH-1 Classic channel along with updated versions of other Behind The Music episodes on Metallica, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, John Lennon, and Judas Priest. The re-launch of Behind The Music on VH-1 Classic begins today, February 6th, with Metallica. The rest of the newly updated episodes will follow soon after. This "Remastered" (or updated) version of VH-1's Genesis documentary is the version featured in 2009's Genesis Movie Box Set, which was released commercially last November. This new "Remastered" version of the Genesis Behind The Music documentary now goes through the band's 2007 Turn It On Again world tour (the original version only went up to 1999's Turn It On Again: The Hits).

February 5, 2010
Free Peter Gabriel Song Available For Download


The official Peter Gabriel site is offering a free download of a new song, "Flume" (or, you can just download it right here on World of on the right!). The song is currently unavailable elsewhere. The track, which is a Bon Iver cover tune, will be included on the forthcoming Peter Gabriel song-swap album, Scratch My Back. As previously reported, Peter's new album is set for U.S. release on March 2nd on Real World Records, Canada on February 16th on Universal Music, in Europe on February 15th on EMI, and in Japan on February 17th on Toshiba/EMI.

As previously reported, Scratch My Back also includes Peter Gabriel covers of David Bowie's "Heroes", Paul Simon's "The Boy in the Bubble", Elbow's "Mirrorball", The Talking Heads' "Listening Wind", Lou Reed's "The Power of the Heart", Arcade Fire's "My Body is a Cage", The Magnetic Fields' "The Book of Love", Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", Regina Spektor's "Après Moi", Neil Young's "Philadelphia" and Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." The album will be available in both standard 1-CD edition and 2-CD deluxe edition (with bonus remixes). Pre-order your copy (or copies) today!

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