Monday, November 18, 2019
This entry was going to be an odds and ends installment, and for a title, my mind jumped to the song by the band Genesis that closes out their 1976 album "A Trick of the Tail", their first after Peter Gabriel jumped ship for his solo career and Phil Collins stepped out from behind the drums to take over the lead singer role.
As you can see in this live video from the tour behind the album, Collins didn't entirely leave the drums behind, even though Genesis had picked up Bill Bruford, a drumming great, to provide a back line when Collins was out front singing. The two drum set up remained a Genesis staple for the rest of their career, with Phil Collins taking his turns behind the kit, and the drums duels between he and Chester Thompson being highlights of their sets for years to come.
Sadly, I never got to see Genesis in concert. I was only 16 when their last major tour occurred, behind 1991's We Can't Dance album. I would have gone to see their 1997 tour, with their third singer, Ray Wilson, but interest in the tour was low, and it ended up being canceled for low ticket sales. Wasn't able to make it to reunion tour in 2007. Phil Collins recently started touring again, after taking quite a long time off due to physical ailments (being a drummer is a tough, physical role in a band), but I haven't made it to any of those shows yet. With the ticket price points being what they are, I'm not sure I need to see him play live quite so badly.