NOVEMBER 2006
 

November 26, 2006
Nick Davis Confirms 13 Bonus Tracks For The First Batch of New Genesis 5.1 Remasters

On the official Genesis Site's Forum, Nick Davis (the band's long time Engineer, Producer, and the person remixing their back catalog in 5.1 surround sound) confirms that the first batch of Genesis remasters will include 13 bonus tracks including "Match of The Day" and "Me and Virgil" which were excluded from the Genesis Archive #2 box set. One would assume these 13 bonus tracks from the first batch of releases, which have been identified as being the studio albums from 1976's Trick of the Tail through 1981's Abacab, would be:  "It's Yourself", "Match Of The Day", "Pigeons", "Inside And Out", "The Day The Light Went Out", "Vancouver", "Evidence Of Autumn", "Open Door", "Paperlate", "You Might Recall", "Me And Virgil", "Submarine", and "Naminanu." More on the remasters should follow soon. As reported earlier this month, those first batch of albums are scheduled for release in March 2007.

November 26, 2006
Steve Hackett Officially Announces Remaining Virgin Remasters For January 2007; Italian Tour Dates Announced For 2007

According to the official Steve Hackett site, the two remaining Steve Hackett albums on Virgin Records in Europe that were not remastered, Cured and Highly Strung, will be reissued in January 2007. These remasters, much like the first batch released, are expected to include bonus tracks, but no further information is available at this time. Alan Hewitt, who has been working with Steve Hackett on his forthcoming biography,  shared that the new remasters will likely include period rare tracks like "Tales Of The Riverbank", "Second Chance", and "Time Lapse At Milton Keynes" along with live tracks such as "The Air Conditioned Nightmare."

In other Hackett news, his acoustic trio with Roger King and brother John Hackett have added new Italian tour dates for 2007. Check out Steve's official page for more information on his current European tour.

November 26, 2006
Genesis UK Reunion Shows Sell Out In 90 Minutes

According to Ticketmaster and Contact Music, The two Genesis reunion shows for a capacity crowd of an estimated 100,000 people, sold out in just 90-minutes. "In general, all of the Genesis gigs across Europe have received a very strong response from the fans" one Ticketmaster rep stated.

November 26, 2006
Phil Collins Helps Give Landmines The Boot In New Charity Auction

Phil Collins has donated a pair of autographed shoes for a Charity auction on eBay. The auction's proceeds go towards MAG's Give Landmines the Boot program to raise money and awareness to clear landmines and unexploded bombs. The auction starts at 12 noon UK time (7 a.m. EST) on Tuesday November 28th. Other celebrities who have donated include David Bowie, Pamela Anderson, and many others.

November 26, 2006
Great Vintage Ace Performance On YouTube

For those interested, there is a great quality video of an Ace performance (featuring Paul Carrack) on YouTube of the band performing their hit "How Long" on the UK children's show Supersonic in 1974! Ace footage of any kind is extremely rare! Check it out!

November 19, 2006
Peter Gabriel Receives The 2006 Man of Peace Award

According to Netscape, on Friday in Rome, Peter Gabriel received a peace award from the hands of Lech Walesa and other Nobel Laureates. Gabriel was designated 2006 Man of Peace for "his great contribution and commitment to peace and human rights," organizers said in a statement. Pictured right, Gabriel poses with Walesa just following the ceremony.

 

November 14, 2006
Another Date Added To Genesis' 2007 Reunion Tour

According to the official Genesis site's Forum, another concert will take place at the LTU Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 27, 2007. Germany continues to be the most played country on the first leg of the reunion tour.

November 13, 2006
Two UK Tour Dates Changed On 2007 Genesis Tour

According to the official Genesis site, Genesis have rearranged their two UK stadium dates on their ‘Turn It On Again’ 2007 European Tour, which was announced last week, due to routing issues. The dates at Manchester’s Old Trafford Football Stadium and Twickenham Stadium have been switched. The new dates are as follows:

Saturday, July 7th at Manchester Old Trafford Football Stadium
Sunday, July 8th at London Twickenham Stadium


November 13, 2006
Steve Hackett Wishes Phil, Mike, and Tony Well Despite Excluding Him From The 2007 Reunion

In a posting on his official website, Steve Hackett provided well-wishes to Genesis members Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and MikeRutherford on their 2007 Genesis reunion tour. Despite the tabloid-esque Contact Music article on the subject entitled "Steve Hackett Blasts Peter Gabriel," it appears that Hackett understands the band's decision to tour with the popular late '70s to early '90s three man line-up (accompanied by Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson) rather than include him. Hackett cites Peter Gabriel's decision not to participate as the primary motivator for this decision by Collins, Banks, and Rutherford, which the band also communicated in their November 7th press conference announcing the tour last week (webmaster's note: You're a class act, Mr. Hackett. Much respect to you!).

November 13, 2006
Peter Gabriel Donates Autographed DVD For Charity Auction

On the 1st of December, World Aids Day, The Strong Trust will be auctioning Peter Gabriel's DVD Growing Up Live on eBay which Peter has personally autographed. Peter has asked to be kept in touch on the auction's progress and outcome. 
All the money raised from this auction will be donated to The Food Chain to ensure men, women and children who are chronically sick as a result of HIV related illness are fed at Christmas. Here's your chance to get Peter's signature on a great DVD and help people in need at the same time!

November 13, 2006
Daryl Stuermer Provides Insight Into The 2007 Genesis Reunion

In a post on the official Daryl Stuermer site, Daryl left this message:

"Hello Everybody,

In the last few months, I have received a lot of e-mails regarding the rumor of a Genesis reunion tour. Sorry that I couldn't answer the question - but I was sworn to secrecy! Now that it is public knowledge, and you've seen the dates for the “Turn It on Again” tour, I can fill you in on a few things.

Last month when Mike, Tony, Phil, Chester, and I got together to rehearse in New York, it was evident that the magic was still there. It felt like the 80's and early 90's all over again. We started right in playing and by the time we took the first break - we all knew it was going to work. Mike remarked that he couldn't believe that it had been 14 years since our last gig. I replied, "It feels like 14 months." There is something very timeless about the music. I am very excited to be a part of this reunion, and I'm especially thrilled at the prospect of seeing all of the fans and friends along the way. I do read all of your e-mails even though time doesn't allow me to answer as many as I'd like.

Once the 2007 rehearsals and touring begin, I will get back to writing "Notes From The Road" for my website. I will also bring my camera and post some behind the scene candid photos from the rehearsals and the European tour.

Looking forward to seeing you all!

Best Regards,

Daryl Stuermer"

November 13, 2006
Nick D'Virgilio Planning Drums Clinics In Europe

Starting on November 18th in Switzerland, Nick D'Virgilio will be hosting a number of drum clinics in Europe. Visit Nick's official site for locations and start times. Nick is also about to release his 9th album with his band, Spock's Beard, later this month. The self-titled 78+ minute album is due for release on November 21, 2006. Click here to pre-order yours today!
 

November 7, 2006
News From The Genesis Press Conference

Genesis revealed that songs from the 2007 reunion tour will date back to 1973 and will include some of the longer instrumental pieces and, of course, the double drums that became synonymous with the Genesis tours of the late '70s to early '90s. Among some of the older songs the band is rehearsing are "Afterglow" and "Los Endos." Other songs Tony mentioned in giving examples included "In The Cage" and "Domino" as well as the hits most people would come to expect. There will be no music from the group's final studio album, Calling All Stations, included in the tour. There are also no plans to include the hard-core fan favorite "Supper's Ready" from 1972's Foxtrot. When the idea of the Genesis reunion with the 5-piece line-up with Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett fell apart, the group decided to peruse the idea of the three-piece line-up complimented with Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson. Hence, Steve Hackett was excluded despite his apparent interest in the reunion.
 
Genesis also shared that they have been actively rehearsing for the past two weeks in New York, but there are no plans to do any new studio material at this time. In addition to the dates below for Europe, the band plan to play about 20 dates in North America. There have been talks about releasing the tour later as a live album or video, but nothing is officially confirmed yet. Collins also acknowledged that he still has some hearing loss since getting a rare viral infection in the late '90s but wants to "do a series of shows" anyway, and commented that Genesis stated that the tour is purely for their own enjoyment and not for financial gain, sharing  that if the motivation was money that there would be more dates of the tour. More on the reunion tour will be posted when it is known!

Click here to view pictures from the press conference.

November 7, 2006
News Leaked Just Prior To The Genesis Press Conference

November 7, 2007 - 12:00 GMT
Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London

After months of speculation, Genesis will finally reunite today at the Mayfair Hotel, Stratton Street, London. They are expected to confirm the rumors of a reunion tour which in it's first leg, will cover Europe.

European Tour Dates:

June 11- Helsinki, Finland Olympic Stadium
June 14- Herning, Denmark Messecenter
June 15- Hamburg, Germany AOL Arena
June 17- Berne, Switzerland Stade de Suisse
June 18- Linz, Austria Gugglestadium
June 20- Budapest, Hungary Puskas Ferenc Stadion
June 21- Katowice, Poland Slaski Stadium
June 23- Hannover, Germany AWD Arena
June 26- Dusseldorf, Germany LTU Arena
June 29- Stuttgart, Germany Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadium
June 30- Paris, France Parc Des Princes
July 1- Amsterdam, Holland Arena
July 3- Berlin, Germany Olympiastadion
July 4- Leipzig, Germany Zentralstadion
July 5- Frankfurt, Germany Commerzbank Arena
July 7- London, UK Twickenham Stadium
(Date changed to July 8th)
July 8- Manchester, UK Old Trafford
(Date changed to July 7th)
July 10- Munich, Germany Olympiastadion
July 12- Monaco, Louis II Stadium
July 14- Rome, Italy Telecomcerto at Colosseo

Tickets:

Tickets for the German shows will go on sale on Friday, 10th November 2006. UK Shows will go on sale on the 24th November 2006. Tickets for other countries are yet to be announced; however, more dates, including North American tour dates, are expected to be announced later.

The line-up, as expected, will be the traditional (late '70s - early '90s) three piece line-up: Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins, joined as usual by Daryl Stuermer and Chester Thompson.

SACD/DVD Remastered Back Catalog:

They also announced that the SACDs that we have so eagerly awaited will be made available as SACD/DVD double disc sets, remastered with 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo remixes. They will be released in three batches throughout 2007 as follows:

March 2007
:
A Trick Of The Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1977), …And Then There Were Three…(1978), Duke (1980) Abacab (1981)
June/July 2007: Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986), We Can't Dance (1991), Calling All Stations (1997)
Fall/Winter 2007/Spring 2008: Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971), Foxtrot (1972), Selling England By The Pound (1973), The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (1974)

More information will follow after the press conference today at noon GMT (7 a.m. EST). The press conference will be webcast at the official Genesis site.

November 5, 2006
Chester Thompson Acknowledges Genesis Reunion

On the official Chester Thompson site, Chester acknowledges the Genesis press conference on November 7th, and goes just a bit further by saying, "Exciting times it is!" Is this the first official acknowledgement (or strong hint at the very least!) that Chester is involved with the reunion tour? Tuesday's press conference can't come soon enough!

November 5, 2006
Phil Collins In Talks To Work With Pharrell Williams

According to Contact Music, Phil Collins is planning a future collaboration with Pharrell Williams (pictured right), who is best known for working with contemporary pop, rap and R&B artists like Britney Spears, Usher, Justin Timberlake, TLC, Busta Rhymes, Babyface, Kelis, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, and Mystikal, and among others as a solo artists and as half of the songwriting and production duo, The Neptunes.  Collins explained that the two are "desperate" to work together. Does this mean that Phil's already thinking about a new solo album after the Genesis reunion? Only time will tell!











Pharrell Williams

November 5, 2006
Updates On Anthony Phillips Remasters

According to the official Anthony Phillips site, the work on the CD remasters for The Geese and the Ghost and Wise After The Event are nearly done. Ant and company are currently working on the remastering of his 1984 album and the bonus material for the additional disc of unreleased material. The site speculates that the three titles will be available in the spring of 2007, but no official release date has been set.

November 4, 2006
Genesis Press Conference To Be Webcasted Over The Internet

The Genesis press conference due to held at 12 noon GMT (7 a.m. EST) on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 will be broadcast live via the Internet. The link to the server streaming the press conference will be posted on the official Genesis site shortly before the press conference is due to begin. For details on the webcast, please visit the front page of the official site shortly before the press conference starts. More details coming soon!


November 2, 2006
Daryl Stuermer's New Album Scheduled For Release

On November 14, 2006, Daryl Stuermer will release Rewired - The Electric Collection (Unicorn Digital Records, catalog # UNCR-5038). The track listing Includes: Yin Yang Boogie, Road Warrior, Determined, Deadline, American Fields, Morning Train, Wherever You Are, Highland Hip Hop, Transatlantic, and The Least You Can Do (Daryl's version, made famous by Phil Collins' on his Testify album). For more information on Daryl Stuermer visit his official website. A review of Daryl's new album will be posted here soon! 

 


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