NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS - MARCH 2003

March 30, 2003
Phil Collins To Perform On Swedish Television

Phil will perform "Can't Stop Loving You" and "Least You Can Do" on Söndagsöppet, a TV show on Swedish television tonight! He will also be interviewed by one of the hosts for the show. The program starts at 6:15 p.m. on SVT1 (Special thanks to Johan Larsson Löthman for passing this along!).

March 28, 2003
Paul Young's Family To Sell Off Late Musician's Home Studio Equipment

Here's a chance to own a piece of history! The Young family have decided to auction off some of the late Mike & The Mechanics/Sad Café singer's home studio equipment! Click here for details.

March 28, 2003
Chester Thompson To Perform At Drumming Clinic In April

Chester will be doing a drumming clinic as part of the Missouri Day of Percussion that will be held at University of Missouri-Columbia on April 19, 2003. Contact The Percussion Department at the university for more information.

March 28, 2003
Artwork For New Carrack Single Revealed

Click here to see the artwork for the new Paul Carrack single, "She Lived Down The Street" (catalog #CDPCAR 108) due for release on April 21st!

March 23, 2003
Update On John Caralco/Daryl Stuermer Project

News today from John Caralco himself on his forth coming project with Daryl Stuermer. Apparently, some of the material from John's previous project, Vellocet, will be under consideration for his new album. According to John, "The powers that be suggested that I not release [the Vellocet] CD due to the possibility of using some of the old material from that first CD combined with new stuff. Daryl is going over some of it with me and we're narrowing down the material." More news will be posted on this project when available.

March 20, 2003
Phil Collins Partners With Swatch For Charity

According to the official Phil Collins site and the Swatch site, Phil has sanctioned two limited edition Phil Collins Swatch watches. Some of the proceeds from the sale of these watches will go to The Little Dreams Foundation, which is a youth charity established and lead by Collins' wife.

Swatch is producing two watches, designed by Collins, that will be launched in the first quarter of 2003, both to be sold as a set included with a single from his latest album in a special tour case packaging, and numbered and limited to 10,000 pieces worldwide. Also in the packaging are 10 never-before-released photos of Phil Collins. The watches will also be available separately in a non-limited quantity with a special sleeve packaging. I contacted Swatch to get an exact release date, but the person I spoke to did not have that information yet. More on this when available...

March 20, 2003
The Peter Gabriel Ticket Frenzy Begins In The U.S.A.!

A flurry of tickets have gone on sale for Gabriel's North American shows this summer. Dates now available (for pre-sale only) include: Camden, NJ (near Philadelphia, PA); Boston, MA; Washington, DC; and Columbus, OH. Note: you will need the password to order your tickets in advance. This password can be obtained by joining Peter Gabriel's Full moon Club on his official website.

March 20, 2003
New Anthony Phillips Compilation Coming Soon; New Library Music Project Complete

According to the official Anthony Phillips site, yet another anthology collection highlighting Phillips' work is set for a tentative April release. The project, entitled Soundscapes (catalog # SMDCD458), will be released by Snapper Music in Europe. The 19-track, 2-CD budget-priced set will be part of the label's Recall Series.

Ant's official site also reports that he has completed another Library Music project. As with his other Library Music projects, no commercial release is planned. 

March 16, 2003
Help Genesis Get Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

John D. Simpson, a fan obviously disappointed with the fact that Genesis were passed up as inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet again this year, decided to create a petition to help the cause. If you would like to sign the petition click here (please note: World of Genesis.com is not affiliated in any way with this petition or in its use).

March 16, 2003
The Blind Boys To Rejoin Gabriel On European Tour

According to the official Blind Boys of Alabama website, the group will rejoin Peter Gabriel on tour for several dates in May, including stops in Milan, Ancona, and Florence, Italy; Paris, France; Zurich, Switzerland; and Manchester, Birmingham, and London, England. It's fairly safe to say that Gabriel fans will be treated to "Sky Blue" featuring The Blind Boys on those nights, which was one of the highlights of the first leg of the Gabriel tour in North America.

March 16, 2003
Virgin Announces Release of Gabriel's Third Single From Up

Virgin Records in Germany has announced that the third single from Peter Gabriel's Up album will be "Growing Up," with a tentative release date for a commercial single on April 22nd in Europe. 

A source from Universal Music Group, Gabriel's U.S. record label's parent company, stated that there are no plans for a commercial U.S. single to be released. Another promotional single would likely be released, however, prior to the start of the summer North American tour.

March 16, 2003
Ticket Announcements for North American Shows With Carrack & Gabriel! 

Launch.com has just revealed the North American tour dates for Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band, which features Paul Carrack among others. This will be the first time Paul Carrack will be touring the U.S. (without the Mechanics) since 1987's One Good Reason Tour! Click here to see the tour dates (Special thanks to Pat Hammond for pointing this out)!

In other U.S. summer tour news, more Peter Gabriel tickets have gone on sale and yet another show has been announced for pre-sale to Full Moon Club Members. Click here to check out the details!

March 14, 2003
More Gabriel Ticket Sales Announced For Summer U.S. Tour

In addition to the ticket sale dates already posted on this site, I have now learned that tickets to the Peter Gabriel show in Atlanta, Georgia on June 16th will go on sale on March 29th. Tickets for the Detroit and Indianapolis shows have already gone on sale. Please note: The official Peter Gabriel site is offering pre-sale to Full Moon Club Members, so be sure to keep checking the official Gabriel site for more details!

March 14, 2003
Chester Thompson Launches His Official Website

After many years of delays, the official Chester Thompson site is finally on-line! Check it out when you get the chance.

March 10, 2003
Phil Collins Donates To Birth Defects Foundation’s – Newlife Action Charity

Phil Collins has signed a teddy bear t-shirt (teddy bear included) which is being auctioned on Ebay for charity. The auction starts at £50.00. 

Newlife Action, the charity in question, will set up two special funds. The Research Fund will aim to improve child health by combating and treating all birth defects. The Reach Out Fund will directly help individual affected children and families in the UK. For more information on the work of the charity and the appeal please visit www.newlifeaction.co.uk

March 10, 2003
Change In Date For Ticket Sales For Peter Gabriel In New Jersey

I just got off the telephone with Ticketmaster regarding Peter Gabriel's 2003 U.S. Tour. The ticket sale for the show in Camden, New Jersey, at the Tweeter Center (near Philadelphia, PA) has been delayed until March 24th at 10 a.m. No further information was available.

March 9, 2003
Ray Wilson Confirms His Return To Saga European Tour

According to the official Ray Wilson site, Ray is pleased to say that he will be re-joining the tour with Saga on March 11th at the Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany. There had been previous reports that due to unforeseen "business" circumstances that he would not be doing the tour. This "business" has apparently been resolved.

March 9, 2003
Peter Gabriel DVD Released In The U.S. (Early!)

The street date for the release of Peter Gabriel's Secret World Live DVD might be March 11th in the U.S., but fans might want to run over to Suncoast Video. I visited a couple of stores, and they all had the DVD out on the shelves this weekend! My review will follow shortly! 

March 8, 2003
Carrack Announces New Album Title; Offers Audio Snippets

According to the official Paul Carrack site, Paul's new album will be called It Ain't Over. Also, an audio snippet of the first single, "She Lived Down the Street," is now available for your listening pleasure.  As previously posted, It Ain't Over is still set for a tentative release date of May 5th.

March 8, 2003
More U.S. Peter Gabriel Tickets To Go On Sale; pre-sale for U.S. Moon Club Members

Tickets for the Peter Gabriel concert in Dallas, Texas on June 11th will go on sale on March 22nd at 10 a.m.

Also, the official Peter Gabriel site has confirmed that pre-sale tickets for the North American shows will once again be available to those individuals that have joined the Full Moon Club on Peter's site.

March 5, 2003
Peter Gabriel U.S. Summer Tour Dates Posted On Official Levin & Gabriel Sites

While still technically unconfirmed, the official Tony Levin and Peter Gabriel sites have posted the "to be confirmed" dates for the U.S. summer Peter Gabriel tour. In addition, I have just learned that tickets will go on sale this Monday at 10 a.m. for the June 8th show in Irvine, California and for the Philadelphia, PA date at the Tweeter Center. Stay tune for more information as soon as it becomes available! As previously posted, the dates are planned for outdoor venues, so the elaborate stage set up will most likely change. To see the tour dates click here.

March 5, 2003
Chester Thompson To Appear At Workshop In Germany

Chester is one of the guests of a workshop/clinic that take place in Paderborn, Germany at the HNF Heinz Nixdorf Museum from May 29th through June 1st. Click here for more details (Special thanks to Bernd from It for passing this along!).

March 5, 2003
Classic Album Featuring Chester Thompson Reissued

The long out-of-print album by Flora Purim, Every Day, Every Night (catalog #VICJ-61020), featuring Chester Thompson and Jaco Pastorius among other great session players, has been reissued in Japan. The album has been remastered and repackaged with restored artwork. For more information click here.

March 5, 2003
B-Side Announced For New Phil Collins Single

The B-side to the new European "double A-side single" for "Wake Up Call"/"The Least You Can Do" is the non-album cut, "Hey Now Sunshine."

March 4, 2003
Official Genesis Site Reveals That Genesis Archive Club Is "Dead"

Well, the good news is that it sounds as if Genesis archive releases may still see the light of day. The webmaster of the official Genesis site explained today that the concept of a club-type subscription service will not be pursued further due to administrative concerns (among other things) by Hit & Run, the band's management. There are also "issues" surrounding the possible release of archive recordings (my guess is that Atlantic Records and Virgin Records want a piece of the action). Once these "issues" are dealt with, we might actually see some of this stuff released! Oh, pesky world of royalties!

March 2, 2003
Ray Wilson's New Album Now Available On-Line!

You can now listen to Ray Wilson's new album, Change, on his official website (Special thanks to Ray for passing that along)!

March 2, 2003
Peter Gabriel Tour To Return To North America In 2003?

Well, it appears so! Dates have tentatively been floating around for the U.S. in June and July. Unlike the last leg of the tour, this leg would be primarily in outdoor amphitheaters. More information and official dates will follow when they are confirmed.
 

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