Genesis

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Average User Rating 8.83
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Last Reviewed August 20th, 2006
 
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Genesis doing okay
Venue/Date: United Center (Chicago, IL)
Concert Date:  
October 5th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.92

This version of Genesis takes pages from its past

By Bob Gendron | Special to the Tribune
October 4, 2007


Genesis still can't dance. Playing the first show of a three-night stand Tuesday at the United Center, the reunited trio of singer/drummer Phil Collins, guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks wisely stuck to stationary positions and looked as dorky middle-age English men should -- namely, like males modeling the latest in conservative Sears fashions. And despite Collins' hammy antics, the threesome managed to satisfactorily split the difference between its commercial and imaginative sides.

For this, fans largely owe thanks (or brickbats) to a onetime member who isn't even part of the tour: original vocalist Peter Gabriel. Before the reformation was announced, Gabriel and former guitarist Steve Hackett were invited to join what would've been a regrouping of the band's daring prog-rock lineup of the early and mid-'70s. Gabriel declined. His decision rendered Hackett's involvement moot and further impacted the current outing by ensuring that the key participants were those that steered Genesis in an arena-pop direction.

While the group's later MTV-oriented period didn't hurt for representation, older songs provided a majority of the highlights. Chances for adventure increased every time Rutherford strapped on a double-neck guitar. Augmented by guitarist Daryl Stuermer and drummer Chester Thompson, Genesis attacked "In the Cage" and "Los Endos" with an urgency missing from its softer hits. When seated behind the drums, Collins made a formidable rhythmic tandem with Thompson. The bald singer has lost a touch of his upper range but managed to capture the madcap laughs of "Mama" and sense of longing on "Afterglow.".
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Genesis still putting tour together
Venue/Date: HP Pavilion At San Jose (San Jose, CA)
Concert Date:  
October 10th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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8.41

Concert review: Genesis can't quite put it all together

By Shay Quillen
Mercury News

Genesis is a forgettable adult-contemporary band of the '80s and '90s fronted by a well-liked, amiable bald dude. And Genesis is a rather obscure '70s English prog-rock band with a penchant for extended instrumental jags.

The first band could fill an arena full of mildly interested star-watchers, and the second could thrill a theater full of hard-core fans and enthusiastic air drummers. But put the two bands on the same bill, and you've got some problems.

That's what happened Tuesday night at a packed HP Pavilion in San Jose as Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford performed the first Genesis show in the Bay Area in more than a decade. The band skipped many of its signature Collins-sung hits - including "That's All," "Abacab" and "Misunderstanding" - in favor of a show that drew from all three decades of the band's history, with key contributions from all members of the band, including longtime sidemen Chester Thompson on drums and Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass.

It was an utterly polished, professional show, with the instrumental segments more John Tesh "Live at Red Rocks" than scrappy, experimental jam band. Genesis played the exact same set they have been playing throughout the tour, from the instrumental opening to 1980's "Duke" LP, which opened the show, to the closing "The Carpet Crawlers," from the band's last album with original lead singer Peter Gabriel in 1974. This is not a band that likes to fly by the seat of its pants. But the band and its crew got better sound out of the echoey arena than most, and the video presentation was first-rate..
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Genesis still playing on
Venue/Date: United Center (Chicago, IL)
Concert Date:  
October 2nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.00

The smart and the cheesy Genesis take turns

OVERNIGHT REVIEW | Reunited British quintet makes no fan completely happy

October 3, 2007
BY JIM DeROGATIS Pop Music Critic

"We're Genesis," Phil Collins announced early in Tuesday's show at the United Center, the first of a sold-out three-night stand on the reunited British rockers' first tour in 15 years.

''We're your entertainment for the evening. ... And we're going to run through some things from all of the different periods of Genesis.''

Given the band's rich discography and four-decade history -- and its radical shift in the mid-'80s from lush but wildly inventive progressive rock to stripped-down and sometimes simplistic MTV pop -- if the band was going to deliver on its frontman's promise, it was inevitable that we'd be in for a pretty schizophrenic night.

Indeed, at times during the quintet's lengthy performance, it sometimes seemed as if an inferior opening act composed of unabashed poseurs and pop wannabes was alternating with a historic and groundbreaking headliner.

Was that band tossing out dismissible trifles such as ''No Son of Mine,'' ''Land of Confusion'' and ''Hold on My Heart'' really the same group thundering through a (no kidding) breathtakingly brilliant medley of ''In the Cage,'' ''The Cinema Show,'' ''Duke's Travels'' and ''Afterglow''?
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Genesis can still rock out
Venue/Date: The Palace Of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, MI)
Concert Date:  
September 30th, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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9.00

Genesis doesn't 'go throwing it all away'

October 1, 2007
By BRIAN McCOLLUM

Free Press Pop Music Critic

It wasn’t going to satisfy everybody. But then, Genesis hadn’t come to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Sunday night to please just anybody.

Performing in metro Detroit for the first time in 15 years, the British trio roamed through the diverse stages of its career in a lengthy set made (mostly) for the long-timers, leaning heavily on vintage album-cut material.

Concert goers who had arrived — at up to $205 a head — expecting a full run of MTV nostalgia with a sprightly Phil Collins got just half of what they anticipated: While the bright hits came in bits and pieces (“Throwing It All Away,” “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”), the show was dominated by the elegant, intricate prog-rock that deep-rooted fans were eager to hear.

It was a surprisingly effective, principled return to the band’s pre-pop glory days — and a reverse in philosophy from the band’s blockbuster tours of the past two decades, when the older stuff seemed approached as a chore.

On a sleek, high-tech stage in front of more than 16,000 fans, Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks appeared firmly in the groove of a global tour now closing in on the four-month mark. With Collins playing the familiar role of good-humored host, Rutherford and Banks largely kept their heads down as they wound their way through the 2-1/2 hour set.

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