NEWS IN THE WORLD OF GENESIS

November 2013

November 23, 2013
Phil Collins Allegedly Talks About Possible 'Come Back' In Germany This Week

According to the German Genesis Fan Site 'It' (also known as Genesis-News.com), at the opening of the musical Tarzan in Stuttgart, Germany this week, Phil Collins made himself available to the media. In that discussion, the German fan site reports that Phil Collins stated that he had considered making new music again and possibly touring at the suggestion of his sons. Surprisingly, I have yet to find this reported anywhere else by any media outlet - in Germany or elsewhere - which makes me question whether or not the statement may have been taken out of context as this would certainly be big music news that most major media outlets would report on (as I was not there, and I have not heard the alleged quote, I do not know for sure). In addition, Collins still suffers from a neck injury that caused nerve damage in hands, making it extremely difficult for him to play drums.

Obviously, if this news is accurate, it would be the first time Collins has publicly expressed any interest in the possibility making music since the conclusion of his 2010 Going Back album and subsequent seven-date supporting tour. If further confirmation of this comes about, I will post it here.

November 20, 2013
Nick Davis Provides An Update On His Recent Activity And Up-Coming Meeting With Tony Banks

Long-time Genesis Producer/Engineer Nick Davis recently provided a brief update to World of Genesis.com on his recent activities since completing the Genesis archive projects. In addition to his work mixing Simon Collins' (son of Phil Collins) Sound of Contact album, Nick has done some work with VUE cinemas and Bonhams auctioneers as an audio consultant. He is meeting with Tony Banks this week to discuss work on Tony's recently commissioned orchestral project for the Cheltenham Music Festival next July.

November 20, 2013
Steve Hackett to Join John Hackett On Stage On November 24th

Steve Hackett will be making a special guest appearance at an acoustic show in Sussex, England on November 24th with his brother John Hackett and guitarist Nick Fletcher. Details on the performance can be found here.

November 20, 2013
Steve Hackett's 'GENESIS EXTENDED' Tour Confirmed

Steve Hackett has confirmed dates for his 'Genesis Extended' Tour for 2014 including dates in North America and eastern and western Europe. Nick Beggs (who toured with Steve previously on the Out of The Tunnel's Mouth Tour, and is best known for his work with the 80's pop band Kajagoogoo and as an avid session player), will be returning on bass for the 2014 leg, and Steve promises a newly revamped set list with a few Genesis favorites not heard on the first leg of the tour. To check out who else is planning to tour in 2014 in the world of Genesis, visit the On Tour Section for helpful links.

November 20, 2013
Gary Husband's Solo Album Featuring Steve Hackett Is Being Remixed For Re-Release

According to Gary Husband (best know for his work with the rock band Level 42), his 2010 album, Dirty & Beautiful Volume One, which featured ex-Level 42 bandmate Mark King, Steve Hackett, Allan Holdsmith and Jan Hammer among others,  is being remixed for a future re-release in 2014. No further details are available other than the fact that the same studio takes will be used on these new mixes. Of course, this makes the 2010 CD a potential rarity if the mixes are, in fact, radically different. Stay tuned for more details on this reissue next year.

November 20, 2013
Peter Gabriel's And I'll Scratch Yours Gets a North American Release Date

The companion collection to Peter Gabriel's acclaimed 2010 covers album, Scratch My Back, is finally getting a North American release. And I'll Scratch Yours (a project with artists like Lou Reed, Paul Simon, David Byrne, and Arcade Fire covering Peter Gabriel songs), which is already available in Europe, will be released in North America on January 7, 2014. North American pre-orders should be available shortly. Stay tuned!

November 20, 2013
Paul D'Adamo Enlists Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Billy Sherwood, and Trey Gunn For New Release

Paul D'Adamo's first album, 2010's Tell Me Something, featured Genesis/Phil Collins related musicians Daryl Stuermer, Brad Cole, Chester Thompson, Leeland Sklar, Amy Keys, Luis Conte, Arnold McCuller, Lynne Fiddmont, and others on an album primarily made up of a reworking of Genesis and Phil Collins classics with a few originals. D'Adamo is currently working on the follow up album, Rawfully Organic, which is tentatively slated for a release next summer. The new project features Peter Gabriel alums Jerry Marotta and Tony Levin, along with Trey Gunn (who, along with Tony Levin, is also probably best known for his work with King Crimson among others) and Billy Sherwood (formerly from the band Yes).  This particular release will include six Peter Gabriel songs reworked along with one Genesis cover and four original compositions. Some of the Gabriel/Genesis songs in question are: Genesis' "Back In NYC", and Peter Gabriel's "Games Without Frontiers", "Kiss of Life", "Wallflower", a barber shop quartet version of "Don't Give Up." No further information is available at this time. Possible pre-order information should be available in mid-2014.

November 12, 2013
Steve Hackett Confirms Plans For Release of Recent Royal Albert Hall Performance on Video

Steve Hackett recently shared with World of Genesis.com that his camp is currently reviewing high definition video footage that was recorded at his October 24, 2013 performance at the renowned Royal Albert Hall in London, England as part of his Genesis Revisited 2013 World Tour. While Hackett has recently released the 3 CD + 2 DVD Genesis Revisited: Live In Hammersmith package, this forthcoming video, while from the same tour, features a special guest appearance by ex-Genesis lead singer Ray Wilson and will be available in a high definition blu-ray disc option (Live in Hammersmith is not available in a high definition format). While no release date is confirmed at this point, hopefully more information will be available on this HD title in the new year.


November 11, 2013
Steve Hackett Makes Guest Appearance On New Finlay Morton Track


Steve Hackett makes an appearance on the Finlay Morton song "Do You Believe In Ghosts?" The track was actually released on October 28th, and can be purchased as a digital download single here. The song is also available on the new Finlay Morton album, Harvest The Wind.


November 11, 2013
Armando Gallo Launches Peter Gabriel 'So' 25th Anniversary iPad App
 
On November 11, 2013, famed photographer and long time Genesis fan, Armando Gallo, launched a free app for the iPad in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Peter Gabriel's So album. Initially, the content of this free app included: six original So videos, a So Cover photo booth, a 'Back to Front' exclusive photo gallery by Armando Gallo himself, a never-before-heard 1986 Armando Gallo interview with Peter Gabriel offering a track-by-track analysis of the So album, Share So postcards, a 'Making of So' feature, Selected clips from the Classic Albums So documentary (the complete documentary is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc elsewhere), So DNA vintage interactive turntable with more content allegedly being added in the future. Sadly, the app disappeared from the iTunes store as quickly as it surfaced. Gallo reports the app will return at a later date (webmaster's note: I'm sure its some sort of copyright issue, but hopefully it can be resolved). As previously reported, Gallo is also working on an iPad app to bring his classic "I Know What I Like" photo book into the digital age. For more on the progress of that project, click here.  

November 8, 2013
Tony Banks' Camp Provides Exclusive Details On Tony's Immediate Plans For 2014!

World of Genesis.com had an exclusive opportunity to chat directly with Tony Banks' management, and they shed some light on Tony's immediate plans for 2014. In addition to the news posted here yesterday, it has been confirmed that the orchestral piece of music Tony Banks is writing for the Cheltenham Music Festival next year will be approximately 15 minutes in length when completed. There are no immediate plans to release the composition commercially as part of a new Tony Banks project. As of now, the plan is that the piece will just be performed live in concert - as that is what it was commissioned specifically for, after all (all the more reason to attend the event if you are able to get to the UK next July!).

There have also been very strong, seemingly credible, rumors swirling for months about the possibility of remasters of Tony's solo back catalog coming out in the not-so-distant future. It was verified by Tony's management that there have been some discussions about reissuing Tony's solo back catalog, but nothing specific has been confirmed beyond that at this point. They intend to announce the reissues officially through the official Tony Banks site if the remasters do get confirmed for re-release (of course, the details will be here as well). So, while there seems to be no immediate plan for the reissues to surface in 2014, at least there is some discussion about the possibility of it! 

November 7, 2013
Tony Banks Is Commissioned For Classical Piece For Cheltenham Music Festival Next Year

According to the official Tony Banks site, Tony has been commissioned by the Cheltenham Music Festival to write an orchestral composition to be played as part of a concert on Saturday, July 5, 2014 in the Town Hall Cheltenham, England. This will be the musical festival's 70th anniversary. Banks commented, "
I am very flattered to be asked to write an orchestral music piece for the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival. This will be especially exciting for me, as it will be the first time a classical piece of mine has been played live in concert." For those unfamiliar with Tony Banks' classical work, he's released two orchestral projects, 2004's Seven and 2012's Six Pieces For Orchestra.

November 7, 2013
Steve Hackett U.S. Tour Dates Announced For Spring 2014!

Due to Steve's recent touring success in North America, Steve's Genesis Revisited Tour is coming back to the U.S. with dates in March and April already confirmed. These dates include some rarely played southern states! So far, the only dates confirmed by Ticketmaster are: March 27th and 28th in Collingswood, New Jersey; March 31st in Atlanta, Georgia; and April 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. More dates will certainly be announced by/before the end of the year. Tickets for these shows go on sale on Monday for the New Jersey dates and tickets are already on sale for Georgia and Florida!


November 7, 2013
Mike Rutherford Confirms Plans For 2014

We're happy to report that Mike Rutherford and his management has confirmed that the reason for the delay of Mike and the Mechanics' new The Singles: 1985-2014 (formerly titled The Singles: 1985-2013) to January of next year is because his Living Years 25th Anniversary Tour kicks off in Europe in February. Despite the inclusion of many of the band's rare tracks on the deluxe 2-disc edition of The Singles, it has been reconfirmed that a 25th Anniversary Edition of Living Years package is still in the works for early 2014 as well! 2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Rutherford/Mechanics fans!


November 7, 2013
Steve Hackett's Live In Hammersmith 5-Disc Set Climbs the Charts In Europe

Reportedly, Steve Hackett's latest effort, Genesis Revisited: Live In Hammersmith, has peaked at #17 on the albums chart in Germany and #58 in the UK. The epic 5-disc (3 CD + 2 DVD) set (the DVDs are NTSC/Region 0 - playable everywhere) is selling at the amazingly low price of under $26 on Amazon.com with free shipping included in the U.S. (see link above)! Let's see if we can replicate that success in America!

November 7, 2013
WoG Biographies Updated (Part One)...

The World of Genesis.com biographies on Genesis, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford have been updated to reflect their (known) current activity up through early 2014. More biography updates will follow shortly.

November 7, 2013
Three Brand X Titles Reissued on CD

For those interested in Phil Collins' past side-projects, you might be interested to know that Gonzo Records in Europe has reissued a few Brand X titles that have been out of print for some time (which even have appearances by Collins on them). In October, the label reissued: Missing Period (featuring previously rare, early recordings circa
1975-1976), Is There Anything About? (their 1982 'rarities' contractually obligated release put out after the band initially disbanded following their Do They Hurt? album), and Live At The Roxy, LA 1979 (recorded September 23, 1979 in Los Angeles on the band's Product Tour - arguably the peak of this band's musical prowess). Grab yours today, Brand X fans! This is the first time in several years these titles could be obtained at a reasonable price!

November 7, 2013
Mario Giammetti Releases New Italian Genesis Book
 

  Earlier this year, a new Italian language book on Genesis, Gli Anni Prog, by writer Mario Giammetti (of the Italian Genesis fan site, Dusk) has just been published spanning the progressive rock years between 1969 and 1975. The studio albums of that period (from From Genesis To Revelation to The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway) are critically analyzed with the fundamental input of all band members, interviewed by Mario himself and British journalist Mike Kaufmann.

Uniquely for this book, Mario listened to of all the albums together with some of the protagonists: Tony Banks (who also wrote the interesting foreword), Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips who all kindly dedicated their time to comment, minute by minute on the music, thus providing some unique insights into the creative process.

Although the book (which features 240-color pages) is written in Italian, it is still worthy for Genesis fans worldwide, thanks to loads of rare and previously unseen photos, as well as ticket stubs and other memorabilia. It also features an updated and accurate list of all the gigs of the Genesis tours, compiled with the help of American collector George German.

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