NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS - MARCH  2004

March 25, 2004
Chester Thompson To Appear In Frankfurt

According to the official Chester Thompson site, between March 31st and April 2nd Chester Thompson will appear at the Frankfurt Musik Messe. April 2nd, the event is open to the public (All other days are for trade people only). Chester will be there and perform in the Pro Light + Sound section at the Beyerdynamic booth.

Chester's dates for Frankfurt are:
Wednesday, March 31, 2004, 5 p.m.
Thursday, April 1, 2004, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Friday, April 2, 2004, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Each performance is around 30 minutes! Just Chester and his drums. Something not to be missed.

March 25, 2004
Wilson Offers Clips From Forthcoming Album

You can now listen to previews of every track from Ray's forthcoming album, The Next Best Thing, on Ray Wilson's official site. The album is confirmed for a June release.

March 25, 2004
Official Genesis Site Offers New Tony Banks Interview

The official Genesis site features a new interview with Tony Banks from March 3rd at Genesis' studio, The Farm. The interview focuses on Banks' new, forthcoming classical project, Seven.

March 25, 2004
New Book Chronicles Genesis/Peter Gabriel 1978 Knebworth Festivals 

According to the author, her father, Freddy Bannister, promoted the June 1978 Knebworth Festival with Genesis and also the September 1978 Knebworth Festival with Peter Gabriel. They have recently produced a commemorative set entitled There Must Be A Better Way which covers the Knebworth festivals from 1974-1979. Amongst the memorabilia there are programs, tickets and flyers from the Genesis and Peter Gabriel festivals. The set also includes numerous photos of Genesis and Peter Gabriel, plus a video with the BBC broadcast of Genesis sound check, interviews with the band and part of their actual show.
They also give, as a special gift with the set, a 2 x 75 minute CD set of Genesis live from Knebworth [BBC Broadcast], also the Genesis and Peter Gabriel posters from the festivals.

March 25, 2004
Updated Tour Schedule For Phil Collins "First Farewell Tour"

Date Venue Tickets
European Tour    
Tuesday 1st June Fila Forum Milan Tickets here
Thursday 3rd June Stadthalle, Vienna Tickets here
Saturday 5th June Letzigrund Stadiumin Zurich Tickets here
Sunday 6th June Munich Olympic Stadium SOLD OUT
Monday 7th June Frankfurt Festhalle SOLD OUT
Wednesday, 9th June Stockholm Globe Tickets here
Friday 11th June Berlin Waldbuhne SOLD OUT
Saturday 12th June Koln Rhein Energy Stadium SOLD OUT
Sunday 13th June Hannover Hannover Arena SOLD OUT
Tuesday 15th June Paris Bercy Tickets here
Wednesday 16th June Paris Bercy Tickets here
Thursday 17th June Paris Bercy Tickets on sale 23rd March
Saturday 19th June Amsterdam Arena SOLD OUT
Sunday 20th June TW Classic Festival, Belgium Tickets Here
Monday 21st June Leipzig Leipzig Stadium SOLD OUT
Wednesday 23rd June Stuttgart Schleyerhalle SOLD OUT
Thursday 24th June Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon Tickets here
Friday 25th June Amphitheatre Zenith, Nancy Tickets here
Sunday 27th June London Wembley Arena SOLD OUT
Monday 28th June Manchester MEN Arena SOLD OUT
Wednesday 30th June Arenes De Nimes, Nimes Tickets here
Thursday 1st July Barcelona Palau St Jordi Tickets here
Monday 5th July Zenith Toulouse Tickets here
Tuesday 6th July Geneva Arena Tickets here
North American Tour    
Tuesday 26th August Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Tickets here
Monday 30th August San Jose Arena On sale 4th April
Wednesday 8th September Chicago United Centre Tickets here
Saturday 11th September Gund Arena Cleveland On sale 17th April
Friday 17th September New York Madison Square Garden On sale 29th March
Tuesday, 21st September Uncasville Mohegan Sun On sale 27th March

More dates will follow shortly. Stay tuned!

March 25, 2004
Autographed Phil Collins Limited Edition Print Now Available; Proceeds Go To Charity

According to the official Phil Collins site,
the charity Hope for Tomorrow - helping families cope with cancer - was launched last December with The Art of Music Exhibition (an exhibition of original paintings by Juan Carlos Ferrigno depicting legends from the world of music including Phil Collins). The exhibition culminated in a Gala Dinner and Charity Auction. The original of Phil went for 3500 in the auction.

Following the success of the exhibition we have produced a limited edition worldwide print (500) of Phil Collins taken from the original painting. These prints are individually numbered and hand signed by both the artist and Phil Collins. A certificate of authenticity is provided with each print which includes a photograph of Phil signing the prints. Both Phil's charity Little Dreams Foundation and Hope for Tomorrow will benefit from the sale of these prints. Visit www.artofmusic.org/prints or ring 01666 505055 for further details.


March 7, 2004
Wilson Confirms Release Of New Studio Album For May/June

I caught up with Ray Wilson this afternoon, who confirmed that his new studio album, The Next Best Thing, was just completed and is due out in May/June. He will begin a European tour in October/November 2004 in support of the project. More details should follow soon.

March 7, 2004
Details on New Carrack DVD Revealed

On the official Paul Carrack site, a posting in the Guest Book section from one of the people involved with the project states that the DVD will feature two hours of music from the Buxton, England show, an interview with Paul Carrack, and interviews with fans. It has been mixed in 5.1 surround sound by Nigel Bates and Ben Fenner. The video has been produced by a company called Dash who are associated with Granada television. More on the DVD including an actual release date will follow shortly.

The post also cites that while the show at Royal Albert Hall around Paul's 50th birthday was recorded, there are contractual issues that have slowed its release. Apparently, while the artists who performed at the concert are fine with Paul putting out the DVD, their record companies are causing some "red tape" to interfere with its release. Hopefully, this will all get resolved!

March 7, 2004
Genesis Archive Releases Back On Schedule?

Outtakes, and b-sides, and live gems - Oh my! About a week ago, the webmaster of the official Genesis site posted comments that a few archive CDs would surface and that fan input as to what titles should be selected was being requested. If you have not already voiced your opinion, go to the Forum Section on the official Genesis site and cast your vote!

March 7, 2004
Track Listing For Anthony Phillips' Archive 2 Announced

According to the official Ant Phillips site, here is the track listing for the forthcoming Archive Collection Volume 2 release:

CD #1 CD #2
1. Guitar Song (1973) 1. Highland Fling (Library piece, 1979)
2. The Anthem from Tarka (demo, 1988) 2. Prelude #1 (1981)
3. Deep In The Night (demo, 1977) 3. Siesta (1981)
4. Bleak House (instrumental mix, 1978) 4. Bubble & Squeak (1981)
5. Our Man In Japan (Library piece, 1979) 5. Guru (Instrumental mix, 1982)
6. Child Song (demo, 1973) 6. Shady Arbours (1974)
7. Old Wives Tale (solo version, 1976) 7. West Side Alice (1983)
Scottish Suite II (1973/76): 8. Vic's Tango (demo, 1983)
8. (I) Leaping Salmon 9. Seven Long Years (instrumental mix, 1976)
9. (ii) The Witching Hour 10. Romeo & Juliet (Library piece, 1976)
10. (iii) Two Truths 11. I Saw You Today (1978)
11. (iv) The Letter 12. The Anthem From Tarka (alternate mix of demo, 1988)
12. (v) Walpurgis Night 13. Quadrille (from Alice) (1983)
13. (vi) Sweet Reaper Desert Suite (1980)
14. (vii) Why Sinks This Cauldron? 14. (i) Sand Dance
15. (viii) Her Last Sleepwalk 15. (ii) Pipelines
16. Sally (instrumental mix, 1981) 16. (iii) End Theme
17. Windmill (demo, 1971) 17. Fantomas opening theme (Film music, 1973)
18. Tregenna Afternoons (demo, 1973) 18. Sistine (instrumental mix, 1982)
19. Lofty Vaults (Library piece, 1979) 19. Sisters of Remindum (Basic mix, 1977/78)
20. Variation on a Theme of Fantomas (demo, 1973) 20. Will The Last Man Off The Ice Rink (Please Turn Out The Lights) (1973)
21. Picardy Pictures (demo, 1972) 21. Finale (Instrumental mix, 1982)
22. Polar Lights (Library piece, 1979)
23. The Ridolfi Plot (demo, 1978)
24. Falling For Love (instrumental mix, 1982)

All tracks were recorded from 1971 to 1988. The scheduled release date is April 26, 2004 on Blueprint Records (BP360CD).The release features Mike Rutherford, John Silver, Andy McCulloch, Richard Scott, Michael Giles and John G. Perry. The CD set also includes a specially written liner notes by Chris Stewart. 

March 5, 2004
U.S. Tour Dates Announced For Phil Collins' 2004 Tour

According to the official Phil Collins site, Phil will be playing the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim in California on August 26th. Tickets go on sale on March 8th at 10:00AM. Tickets will cost $50.00, $65.00 and $95.00. According to the Ticketmaster site, there will be a pre-sale on Friday, March 5th, for American Express Gold Card members. 

Tickets will be available to the public at all Ticketmaster outlets including Tower Records / Robinsons-May / Ritmo Latino / and Wherehouse Music locations. Tickets will also be available at www.ticketmaster.com. Phone bookings can be made at:: 213.480.3232, 714.740.2000, 805.583.8700 and 619.220.TIXS.

The official site also confirmed that Phil will play the Gund Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on September 11, 2004. Tickets will go on sale on 17th April at 10.00am.

Additional tour dates are expected to be announced for North America around March 20th.
 

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