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« Reply #30 on: Apr 4th, 2017, 08:55am »

A long time ago but I was one of those PG gigs at Hammersmith Odeon. My memories are of the main lights going down and the band emerging from the audience holding smaller lights plugging them in on stage and off they went. Fantastic way to start a show. I think the shows were before we had listened to the new album so the new stuff was very unfamiliar. Also amazed to see David Rhodes with the PG Band as I had seen him in a small bar venue at Kent University (Rutherford College) just a few months before. The audience at Kent was 100 ish so quite a change!

Great memories of the Genesis Duke tour seeing them at Guildford, Brighton and twice at Hammersmith. Those were the days ordinary fans could get tickets (not just touts...) and even as a poor student I could afford them. Although Phil had problems with his voice at Guildford seeing them in such a tiny venue was just amazing. All the Duke stuff was great and the older songs just brilliant. I remember One for the Vine so well as just a few years before it had been played at a schoolfriend's funeral. So I imagined they were playing it for him. A long time ago but the memories are still so vivid in my mind. Good times!
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« Reply #31 on: Apr 17th, 2017, 5:45pm »

I was 14 years old. I had to argue forever with my mother so she would allow me to attend the show. This went on for weeks! Eventually, she gave me the ok, but I had to be back home before 11 p.m. I was lucky enough to find a ticket although the show was approaching. I remember entering into the Montreal Forum only to have my first experience with that intense massive pot scent coming from the inside of the auditorium!!! I had a fantastic time watching my heroes live for the very first time. Unfortunately, I had to leave in the middle of Los Endos to be back home in time. I probably convinced my mother that I was a reliable teenager, because later that summer of 1980, I saw Peter Gabriel on his Melt tour, again at the Montreal Forum!!! cheesy
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« Reply #32 on: Apr 18th, 2017, 03:23am »

A good friend of mine had developed a friendly acquaintance with the young woman who worked at a local ticket agency. As a result, we got decent seats to numerous concerts in late '79 and into the early 80's. So, as a result, we were able to acquire tickets for all of the Genesis concerts in Toronto on the Duke, Abacab, Three Sides Live and "Shapes" tours without the need to "line up".
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« Reply #33 on: Apr 18th, 2017, 3:15pm »

I live in Australia so yeah, no tour until Invisible Touch....that sux
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« Reply #34 on: Apr 19th, 2017, 08:55am »

on Apr 4th, 2017, 08:55am, KB1977 wrote:
A long time ago but I was one of those PG gigs at Hammersmith Odeon. My memories are of the main lights going down and the band emerging from the audience holding smaller lights plugging them in on stage and off they went. Fantastic way to start a show. I think the shows were before we had listened to the new album so the new stuff was very unfamiliar. Also amazed to see David Rhodes with the PG Band as I had seen him in a small bar venue at Kent University (Rutherford College) just a few months before. The audience at Kent was 100 ish so quite a change!

Great memories of the Genesis Duke tour seeing them at Guildford, Brighton and twice at Hammersmith. Those were the days ordinary fans could get tickets (not just touts...) and even as a poor student I could afford them. Although Phil had problems with his voice at Guildford seeing them in such a tiny venue was just amazing. All the Duke stuff was great and the older songs just brilliant. I remember One for the Vine so well as just a few years before it had been played at a schoolfriend's funeral. So I imagined they were playing it for him. A long time ago but the memories are still so vivid in my mind. Good times!


Great post, a lot of what you said chimes with me. I remember shortly before the Genesis H'smith gigs hearing that PC was having voice problems and there were rumours one or more of the H'smith gigs might be pulled. I was going to the first one so was twitchy about that, but of course they all went ahead and in fact during the gig PC referred to it, saying in a mocking tone "Some of you thought I wasn't going to be here tonight, didn't you?"

It was also TB's birthday and PC got the whole audience to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him, followed by cheering and applause. Throughout all this, Banks maintained his customary pose of sitting side-on to the audience, slightly hunched forward and staring ahead - absolutely no hint of any acknowledgement of the song or the cheering whatsoever! You've got to love him.

It was a great opening when the heartbeat-like pulse started quietly before the house lights went down, then grew louder and became the backbeat of a rousing Motherlode. Hearing the Duke stuff for the first time pre-release was great and especially the intro section of Duchess, which blew me away.

I too recall the mindblowing entrance PG and his band made through the audience with their hand-held spotlights while the drum track of Intruder boomed out. Perhaps PG knew Collins was sat where he was (next to me) as he made a point of shining his light along the row, so we got dazzled as well as PC, who waved and shouted something like "Alright Pete!" Yes it was a good 2 months before the release of PG3 and I think all of it got played plus I Go Swimming and Milgram's (which was much more creepy, menacing and effective than the eventual release) so it was mostly new stuff, and absolutely superb.

You might also recall that Rhodes was in the support act, Random Hold - was it them you saw at the Kent bar?
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« Reply #35 on: Apr 19th, 2017, 10:38am »

Yes it was Random Hold I saw in the bar at Kent University. I really enjoyed them and I actually kept the poster and ticket for many years. I too loved the Duke tour and the new songs were just fantastic and wonderful to see them in such intimate venues. It is funny that I think it is Phil who seems to prefer the smaller venues so maybe he steered the band towards playing theatres that tour. I remember in the DVD (come rain or shine) about the "turn it on again" reunion shows he suggested the same again but got over-ruled by the tour organiser who said it would send the wrong signal out. Anyway wonderful memories of the Duke tour and nice to share them!
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