MARCH 2007

March 31, 2007
Genesis Announce A New Tour Date In Canada

According to the official Genesis site, Genesis will add a tour date in Ottawa at the Scotiabank Place on Saturday, September 15th!

March 31, 2007

Genesis Press Begins For 2007 World Tour

On the official Genesis site now lists a number of radio interviews either done or scheduled (predominantly European press at this point from the look of it) in support of the new reunion tour. Some of the scheduled interviews include:

Rock Radio Scotland - Easter Monday 1800 - 1900

Real and Century Radio - Easter Monday 1300 - 1400

Capital Gold The David Jensen Show - March 31st 0900 - 1200

Capital Gold The Mike Sweeney Rock Show Special - April 6th time to be confirmed

Capital Gold The Mike Sweeney Rock Show Special week commencing April 6th will run over the course of 16 weeks.

Capital Gold My Planet Rock - air date to be confirmed

Virgin Leona Graham -  April 20th 1800 - 1900 and a repeat on April 22nd 1800 - 1900 

BBC Radio 2 Tracks of Our Years with Tony Banks - week commencing April 30th, time to be confirmed.

March 24, 2007
New Genesis Remasters Box Set Website Launched By EMI

Click here to check out the new EMI website for the forthcoming Genesis remasters! In addition to an early look at the packaging, you can hear newly remastered tracks from the albums included in the 1976-1981 box set!

March 24, 2007
Gabriel's The Filter Ships For Mac

According to Mac World, Peter Gabriel's iTunes compatible music recommendation software, The Filter, is now available for Mac computers, making it available now on both PC and Mac formats worldwide. For more on this software click here.

March 24, 2007
Another UK Tour Date Announced for Peter Gabriel; More Summer Dates Anticipated Shortly

According to the official Peter Gabriel site, in addition to the WOMAD Festival performance on July 27th and the Hyde Park Calling Festival on June 23rd, tickets will go on sale or a third date on July 21st at Blickling Hall in Norwich on March 30th. The site says more dates will be announced shortly. At this point, there is no indication as to whether these forthcoming shows will include areas outside of the UK. As information becomes available, I will keep you posted.

March 19, 2007
Peter Gabriel to Perform at Hyde Park Calling Festival in June

Peter Gabriel is scheduled to perform at Hyde Park Calling, a two day festival show in England on Saturday, June 23rd, and Sunday, June 24th. Gabriel will perform on the first day of the event. The festival will include acts like Crowded House, Aerosmith, The Feeling and more. Tickets will go on sale on March 21st. Click here for more information. This follows on the heels of the announcement that Peter will perform at the 25th anniversary WOMAD Festival in July (Of course, if you read this site, I revealed Peter's participation in the WOMAD Festival months ago!).

March 18, 2007
Paul Carrack to Perform at Peel Bay Festival; Blue Views and Beautiful World Albums Reissued on CD

Paul Carrack has confirmed on his official site that he will be performing at the Peel Bay Festival May 31, 2007 at the Isle of Man. Other acts scheduled to perform at this multi-day event include The Who, Deacon Blue, The Stranglers, Madness, Robin Gibb, and more. In other Carrack news, India/Rough Trade Records in Europe will reissue Paul Carrack's Blue Views and Beautiful World albums on compact disc on March 23, 2007. These reissues contain bonus tracks not available on the original EMI issues.  For more on Paul's 2007 European tour, visit his official site.

March 18, 2007

Peter Gabriel Appears On Forthcoming Angelique Kidjo Album, Djin Djin

Peter Gabriel will be featured on the song "Salala" from Angeliuque Kidjo's forthcoming new album, Djin Djin. The album, due May 1, 2007 via Razor and Tie Records in North America also includes Ziggy Marley, Carlos Santana, Josh Groban, Joss Stone, Alicia Keys, and more! For more information on Angelique Kidjo visit her official website. There is also a "Salala" remix competition until April 10th on
March 16, 2007

Update on Ticket Sales For The North American Leg of The Genesis 2007 Reunion Tour

According to the official Genesis site, the shows in Hartford, and the first nights in Philadelphia and Chicago are sold out (on a side note, Montreal appears to be a sell out as well, but it is not acknowledged as such by the Genesis site). The site reports that after just one
weekend that 90% of tickets sold for the first eight concert dates. If you still have not gotten your tickets and you don't want to miss the tour to see in 2007, click here.

March 15, 2007

Japanese Mini LP style CDs For Steve Hackett's Cured and Highly Strung Coming Soon

The final two Steve Hackett CDs on Virgin/EMI in Japan will be issued in mini LP style sleeves. Both Cured (catalog # VJCP-68800) and Highly Strung (catalog # VJCP- 68801) will be released in Japan on May 30, 2007. 

March 15, 2007
Classic Albums Featuring Chester Thompson Reissued on Compact Disc in Asia and North America

Two of Funk/Soul Legend O'Donel Levy's classic albums have been reissued on compact disc in Japan. The two albums: Breeding of Mind (P-Vine Records, PCD-23873) and Dawn of a New Day (P-Vine Records, PCD-23874) are available now. These titles were also released in the United States. To order the U.S. Groove Merchant Records pressings of Breeding of Mind and Dawn of a New Day here. 

March 12, 2007
Dates Added To North American Leg of The 2007 Genesis Reunion Tour

Two dates have been confirmed as being added to the North American leg of the Genesis Turn It On Again reunion tour. Those dates are: September 19th in Philadelphia, PA at the Wachovia Center and October 3rd in Chicago, IL at the United Center. Tickets for the Chicago show are on sale now and according to the radio, tickets for Philadelphia's second show will go on sale to the public on Saturday.

March 7, 2007
Details from Genesis' U.S. Press Conference For 2007 North American Tour Revealed

This morning at 11 a.m. (EST), Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford met with North American press in New York City to confirm the 2007 Turn It On Again reunion tour dates for the United States and Canada and the new, forthcoming 5.1 remasters of their back catalog in that part of the world.

As previously announced at the European tour press conference on November 7, 2006, the reunion tour includes the popular late '70s to early '90s touring line up with Chester Thompson supporting the band on drums and Daryl Stuermer supporting on guitar and bass. The tour, which includes 13 major North American cities, begins September 7th in Toronto, Canada and concludes October 12th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. Other cities included are Philadelphia, Boston, Washington D.C., Hartford, and more (see dates below).
Despite some serious technical problems with the sound early on during the press conference, Genesis answered a short flurry of questions. They shared that they chose not to do corporate sponsorships on the tour, since their are obligations related to that they they did not want to deal with. Phil Collins said once again that this Genesis show was "a series of shows" and not a proper tour, per se. Tony revealed that there are some good surprises in the medleys the band will play beyond the hits you would expect, but that there are no plans for special guest appearances by anyone (obviously, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett are implied, but were not mentioned).


Sep 07, 2007 Toronto ON CA BMO Field Phil Collins said that the tour set list would differ from the last two tours the band did, and that it was apparently still being finalized at the time of the conference. Collins shared that the band met a few years ago in Scotland while he was on his First Final Farewell solo tour with all five members of the popular line up from the early '70s in attendance. Due to Gabriel's schedule, it did not work out with the full 5-man line up, but that presented the opportunity to tour under the popular 3-piece line up (supported by two). Phil said that there is a possibility that the initial plan to tour performing the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with the 5-man line up could happen in the future, but there are no plans right now.
Sep 11, 2007 Boston MA US TD Banknorth Garden
Sep 14, 2007 Montreal QC CA Olympic Stadium
Sep 16, 2007 Hartford CT US Hartford Civic Center
Sep 18, 2007 Philadelphia PA US Wachovia Center
Sep 22, 2007 Columbus OH US Nationwide Arena
Sep 23, 2007 Washington DC US Verizon Center
Sep 27, 2007 East Rutherford NJ US Giants Stadium
Sep 29, 2007 Cleveland OH US Quicken Loans Arena
Sep 30, 2007 Detroit MI US Palace of Auburn Hills
Oct 02, 2007 Chicago IL US United Center
Oct 09, 2007 San Jose CA US HP Pavilion
Oct 12, 2007 Los Angeles CA US Hollywood Bowl

Tony Banks said that there is talk about the possibility of recording all the nights of the 2007 tour for possible release but nothing is confirmed. Releasing the archive recordings from prior tours was also discussed, but Tony said that he did not expect them to come out this year due to more immediate issues related to this tour.

Tony Banks revealed that there will be no free shows in North America, despite the free concert scheduled in Rome, Italy on the European leg of the tour. Mike said that Genesis may contribute to Al Gore's Live Earth concerts from London, but that it is actually not completely confirmed yet, because they have a concert that night and the logistics would need to be worked out. Phil Collins stated that while he is not involved with ticket prices that there was an attempt to keep ticket prices as reasonable as possible given the costs associated with the production. As previously stated, he said if the tour was about making money that they would schedule 60 shows, not what they are scheduled to do.

As for the 5.1 catalog, Tony commented that Wind and Wuthering and Duke are the best sounding 5.1 mixes from the initial batch of titles being released (which include the studio albums from 1976 through 1981). A press release given out at the press conference this morning confirms that the U.S. remasters will be released on April 24, 2007. The complete first box, entitled GENESIS: 1976-1981, will be put out by Rhino Records (part of WEA), and is the first in a series of three box sets spotlighting 13 studio albums by one of the top-selling recording artists of all time. This 6-CD/6-DVD (NTSC) boxed set encompasses five studio albums recorded between 1976 and 1981, plus a bonus disc offered exclusively with this collection that gathers essential
rare tracks scattered among the band's EPs and b-sides (as previously confirmed, it will not be on SACD as it is in Europe).

As mentioned, a similar press conference was held November 7, 2006 in the U.K. for the band's announcement of their 2007 European reunion tour and European 5.1 remastered back catalog (to read about the November press conference click here). To date, Genesis have sold over 130 million albums worldwide. Tickets for seven of the above shows go on sale between this Saturday and Monday! Turn it on again, indeed!

March 7, 2007
Genesis, Ozzy Osbourne, and others rumored for VH-1's Rock Honors Program

According to Roadrunner Records site, Genesis, Heart, ZZ Top, and Ozzy Osbourne are rumored to be the focus of this year's VH-1's Rock Honors scheduled to be taped on May 12, 2007 from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show will air on VH-1 on May 24th. A press release is expected today to confirm this. Last year's honored bands included Kiss, Def Leppard, Queen, and Judas Priest.

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