NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS

June 2014

June 26, 2014
Phil Collins Donates Rare Collection of Artifacts

The Associated Press reported that Phil Collins has donated his vast 200+ piece collection of rare artifacts from the 1836 battle of the Alamo to Battle of the Alamo and Texas Revolutionary shrine in downtown San Antonio, Texas. The collection is considered one of the largest private collections of its kind on this historic battle and was chronicled in Phil Collins' book The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey
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Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said Collins would pay to ship the artifacts to Texas with the understanding that the state would use public funding and private donations to eventually spruce up the Alamo site including erecting a building to house the collection. In the meantime, some items will be displayed as soon as October. The collection is worth millions but Collins said, "Being British, we don't talk about that kind of thing." He promised to keep buying artifacts and "once I've lived with whatever I buy for a month, I'll ship it over here."

June 23, 2014
Phil Collins Coordinates Members of His Band For Rehearsals For Possible 2015 Solo Tour

On June 18th from the recording studio in Hollywood, California, Bass player Lee Sklar confirmed in an interview for a podcast that Phil Collins and his management have coordinated that Lee, keyboardist Brad Cole, guitarists Daryl Stuermer and Ronnie Caryl, drummer Jason Bonham, and background vocalists Amy Keys and Lamont Van Hook will be coming together for a three week rehearsal in Florida (Arnold McCullar may be joining them after completing a professional commitment with Lyle Lovett). Sklar says the horn section of Phil's band is not part of this rehearsal. Of course, surprisingly absent from this band roster is drummer, Chester Thompson. Whether Jason Bonham is a permanent replacement for Thompson or just filling in for these initial rehearsals while Chester works with his Jazz Trio is not known at this time (Sklar did not discuss this in the podcast). Sklar added that the musicians have already been sent a set list of Phil's solo material to (re)familiarize themselves with prior to the rehearsals.

Despite Internet rumors and fans sites posting that the rehearsals will definitely lead to a tour in 2015, Sklar says that the outcome of the rehearsals has yet to be determined. Apparently, Phil Collins wants to see how everything sounds before he commits to any kind of touring. So, it could lead to a tour, but its not definite yet. World of Genesis.com has learned that the rehearsals will start in late August. As more information becomes officially available, we will post it here. Stay tuned!

June 23, 2014
Anthony Phillips, John Silver, and Chris Stewart Confirmed As Being Part of The New Genesis BBC Documentary

Anthony Phillips was recently interviewed by The Telegraph in the UK about the forthcoming Genesis BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Apart. While not interviewed with the "classic" 1970's 5-man line-up of Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett for the documentary or featured in the promotional photo (see below), Phillips along with drummers Chris Stewart and John Silver are confirmed in this article as having been interviewed for the documentary separately.

June 23, 2014
Genesis 'Lamb' Photobook Being Released

Photographer Robert Ellis followed the band from the recording studio in September 1974 and through the tour in Europe, taking hundreds of shots of the band at work with the special intention of documenting it for posterity. Finally, these images have been put together by Robert personally to commemorate this significant time in the history of Genesis and Peter Gabriel. Ellis said, "I want this book to be seen as a companion to the album, not a critique of the songs, the band, or the show - more an extended super deluxe packaging for a live album that never was." The book is expected to be available for the 40th anniversary of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. For more information, e-mail here.

June 16, 2014
Genesis Reunite For New BBC Documentary!

There had been some buzz for several months that a documentary on the band was in the works. Today, Genesis and the BBC confirm that they have worked together on a new career-spanning documentary called
Genesis: Together and Apart to air on BBC 2 in the U.K. (the documentary is anticipated to air on BBC America as well for those in North America).

The program forms part of a new series of music programming by the BBC to spotlight the inaugural BBC Music Awards which is scheduled for December 11th at Earl's Court in England. The Genesis documentary will be a feature length release made in full cooperation of Genesis, including the reuniting of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett with Genesis mainstays Tony Banks, Phil Collins, and Mike Rutherford for the first true project together since 1975 (discounting "Carpet Crawlers '99" which was not actually recorded all together anyway).
 

The project boasts previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage covering their entire career, which is a lofty statement considering how much archive product has surfaced on the 1970-1975, 1976-1982, 1983-1998, The Live Box: 1973-2007, and The Movie Box: 1981-2007 box sets of the past decade.

While no mention in today's press statement from Genesis or the BBC includes mention of Anthony Phillips, John Silver or Ray Wilson, I would be surprised if they were not asked to participate in some small capacity, but I guess we will need to wait and see. There is allegedly a future blu-ray and DVD release of this documentary following the air date. No specifics on the release or the actual television air date are available yet, but I suspect we will hear more details (and likely more news) as the actual broadcast get gets closer. Stay tuned!

June 16, 2014
Pre-Order Steve Hackett's Live Video + CD Set, Live At Royal Albert Hall, Featuring Ray Wilson & Others!
 
You can now pre-order, Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited: Live at Royal Albert Hall, the CD + DVD (or Blu-Ray) release of his critically acclaimed live tour recorded on his acclaimed Genesis Revisited II World Tour, filmed at the sold out show at London's legendary Royal Albert Hall in October 2013. The DVD of this landmark performance will hit the stores on June 30, 2014 in the U.K. (July 8, 2014 in North America).

Genesis Revisited: Live at the Royal Albert Hall was recorded in stereo and 5.1 surround sound and will be available in the following formats:

 

- Standard 2-CD/DVD digipak
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Limited 2-CD/2DVD/Blu-Ray art-book with liner notes, photos and bonus interview features (Note: According to Steve Hackett, this limited edition release is almost sold out in pre-orders alone!)

 

An ecstatic Steve Hackett comments: "I'm excited the Steve Hackett Genesis Revisited show at the extraordinary Royal Albert Hall is being released on both DVD and Blu-Ray in 5.1. It was a thrilling musical experience for all concerned with a fantastic light / visual show! Paul Green and team filmed it brilliantly too. It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

On this release, Hackett surrounds himself with an array of musicians including guests: Ray Wilson, Roine Stolt, John Wetton, and Amanda Lehmann. Also featured are Steve's band members Roger King, Gary O'Toole, Rob Townsend, Lee Pomeroy, and Nad Sylvan.

TRACK LISTING:

  • Dance on a Volcano
  • Dancing With the Moonlit Knight
  • Fly on a Windshield
  • Broadway Melody of 1974 (vocals: Gary O'Toole)
  • The Carpet Crawlers (vocals: Ray Wilson)
  • The Return of the Giant Hogweed (with Roine Stolt)
  • The Musical Box
  • Horizons
  • Unquiet Slumbers for the Sleepers...
  • ...In That Quiet Earth
  • Afterglow
  • I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe) (with Ray Wilson)
  • Firth of Fifth (with John Wetton)
  • Ripples (with Amanda Lehmann)
  • The Fountain of Salmacis
  • Supper's Ready
  • Encore:
  • Watcher of the Skies
  • Los Endos
     
  • If you missed it, last year, Steve Hackett also released his 5-disc CD + DVD set Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith set (which does not have a high definition Blu-ray option, but is also worth checking out!).

June 16, 2014
Pre-Order Peter Gabriel's Back to Front Video!
 
 
Peter Gabriel's So 25th anniversary tour, titled Back to Front, was an incredible show and it's now coming to home video! You can now pre-order Back to Front: Live in London on DVD (NTSC/Region 0), Blu-Ray (NTSC/Region 0) and as one of two Deluxe Limited Edition Sets (Blu-Ray Deluxe Edition or DVD Deluxe Edition) with a 60-page hardback photo book which includes: A bonus Blu-ray or DVD (depending on which version you buy) containing the theatrical version of Back To Front which includes montage versions of "Solsbury Hill" and "Sledgehammer" featuring footage from live shows across the years plus additional interviews and 2-CD set of the complete Back To Front show. The performance was filmed at London's O2 Arena, and was recorded in ultra-high definition 4k technology.

2 CD + VIDEO (DVD/BLU-RAY) TRACK LISTING:

Daddy Long Legs
Come Talk To Me
Shock The Monkey
Family Snapshot
Digging In The Dirt
Secret World
The Family And The Fishing Net
No Self Control
Solsbury Hill
Show Yourself
Red Rain
Sledgehammer
Don t Give Up
That Voice Again
Mercy Street
Big Time
We Do What We re Told (Milgram's 37)
This Is The Picture (Excellent Birds)
In Your Eyes
The Tower That Ate People
Biko


 

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