NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS
JANUARY 2008
 

January 30, 2008
Rumor Mill: Genesis Live in 2008?

Well, at this point its just rumor, but the word spreading like wildfire is that Genesis have reserved a night at London's O2 Arena (where Led Zeppelin recently reunited) for the fall of 2008. Officially, Genesis management is confirming nothing. If this rumor proves to be more than fan fiction, it will be posted here. This site is not normally a place where any rumored news gets posted, but the Internet hype around this alleged news compelled me to make sure that people understood that this information is not acknowledged by Genesis at this point and is not verified. In other words, don't go buying your airline tickets just yet!

January 26, 2008
Genesis' When In Rome DVD Delayed Until May

According to the official Genesis site, the much-anticipated When In Rome DVD recorded on the 2007 Genesis reunion tour has been delayed until May. No news is available as to why the title has been pushed back at this time.

January 26, 2008
Peter Gabriel's We7 Gets Additional Funding

According to New Media Age, Peter Gabriel's We7 project has been backed with an additional
3m in funding from investors. We7 users receive targeted advertising at the start of every track and album in return for free downloads.

January 20, 2008
Steve Hackett's New Classical Guitar Album Available For Pre-Order!

It's been posted on this site in the WOG On-Line Shop for about a week, but in case you missed it, the forthcoming Steve Hackett album, Tribute, is available for pre-order as a European import CD (there has been no confirmation of a North American pressing at this point). Get your copy today, and be sure to check out the December News Section for other details on this new project including the track listing.

January 20, 2008
New Peter Gabriel Focuses on Technology, Innovation, Awards, and His Next Solo Album

In a new interview with Reuters, Peter Gabriel talks about his latest in a string of impressive awards as "Personality of the Year" at the January 28th MIDEM music industry trade conference in Cannes, France. Other notable awards in recent years include a lifetime achievement award in May 2007 from the Ivor Novello Awards, and, of course, a few months earlier when he was awarded the Man of Peace Award by Novel Peace Laureates. In this new interview with Reuters, Peter talks about technology innovations (including some of the projects like The Filter, OD2, etc. that he has been part of), his forthcoming solo project, and whether he had interest in seeing Genesis on their most recent 2007 tour. Check it out!

January 20, 2008
Release Dates For Genesis' 1970-1975 Box Set Loom Closer To Announcement

While an exact street date has not formally been announced, it has been confirmed that the release date (at least in Europe) for the Genesis 1970-1975 box set will be in September 2008. Of course, this set will include the much anticipated remixed and remastered Genesis albums: Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in 5.1 surround and stereo. This set makes up the third and final set of the Genesis studio album catalog, preceded by the 1976-1982 and 1983-1998 box sets released in 2007.

To date, there is no official word on what bonus content will be included in the box, but Engineer/Producer Nick Davis in prior months has confirmed that "Happy The Man" (a Nursery Cryme b-side), "Twilight Alehouse" (a Selling England By The Pound b-side), and the much desired and never-before-released "Genesis Plays Jackson" recordings from 1970 will be part of the non-album material featured on the box set's exclusive bonus disc. The bonus DVD content is still a complete mystery at this point, although fans speculate wildly in anticipation of an official announcement.  As with the prior two sets, the North American versions will be CD+DVD while the European and Japanese issues are expected to be SACD+DVD issues. More news should follow shortly including pre-order information.

January 9, 2008
Peter Gabriel signs U.S. Distribution Deal With Ryko

According to Billboard, Peter Gabriel's Real World Records and Ryko have signed a U.S. distribution deal for the label's back catalog and future recordings. The first album under the agreement will be Peter Gabriel's Big Blue Ball project featuring various world music artists. Big Blue Ball is expected to be available for pre-order shortly.

January 9, 2008
Chester Thompson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Back on November 12, 2007, Sabian, Ltd., the famous cymbal maker,  awarded Chester Thompson a Lifetime Achievement award at the 32nd annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Cleveland, Ohio. Chester Thompson was given this honor along with Ian Wright and Gary Cook. Belated congratulations, Chester!



Photo: Chester Thompson (third from the left) receives his Lifetime Achievement Award November 2007.

January 7, 2008
New Peter Gabriel Interview Featured In Sound & Vision Magazine

In the latest issue of Sound & Vision Magazine, you'll find a new interview with Peter Gabriel. In this article, he discusses the remixed Genesis catalog anticipated for release in early 2008 as part of the 1970-75 box set and the possibility of his own catalog being remixed in surround. Check it out!

January 6, 2008
Phil Collins' Tarzan To Return To The Theater in 2009

According to Playbill, the theater adaptation of Walt Disney's Tarzan, which had 486 regular shows and 35 previews on Broadway in New York City before closing on July 8, 2007, is set to reopen in Atlanta, Georgia at The Theater of the Stars in January 2009. The show, which is also expected to travel to other theaters across the United States, will feature the original Phil Collins theater score along with direction and choreography by Lynne Taylor-Corbett, scenic design by Kenneth Foy, aerial design by Paul Rubin and lighting design by Ken Billington. Among the stops confirmed for the tour so far are Texas, North Carolina, and California.

January 6, 2008
Release Date For Genesis' When In Rome DVD Announced

March 18th has been announced as the official release date in the U.S. for the forthcoming Genesis DVD, When In Rome, which as mentioned in prior months was recorded at the band's 2007 performance at the Circus Maximus in Italy on the band's Turn It On Again reunion tour.

Details including the added features on this DVD will be announced shortly. For more information, please visit the link above. More information will be provided here when available.

January 6, 2008
Unsanctioned Genesis 3-DVD Critical Review Coming Soon

On April 1, 2008, a new, unsanctioned Genesis 3-DVD set (NTSC), Turning It On Again, will be released by Koch International in the United States (It will be available January 21st in Europe). This new edition spans the Peter Gabriel era, the Phil Collins era and Ray Wilson era of Genesis. The package contains a new cover featuring Paul Whitehead artwork (best known for creating the cover art for the Genesis albums: Trespass, Nursery Cryme, and Foxtrot).

For those that have purchased prior unsanctioned "critical review" titles on DVD, some of the footage on the first two discs will be very familiar, but the third disc, which focuses on the Wilson years, should be all new material. Pre-order yours today!
 




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