It was mid-November 1974 when progressive rock band Genesis let livestock loose on The Great White Way with the ambitious The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ! There are several revelations in this Genesis interview with band members Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford specifically about the initial five Genesis studio albums including 1972′ s Foxtrot, […]
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Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times! Two of those Genesis albums, 1981’s Abacab and 1986’s Invisible Touch , recently had significant anniversaries. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take […]
We were not even ninety days into the new Eighties decade when Genesis, now a trio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks, released their Duke album. Though the veteran progressive rockers’ tenth (!) studio album, it contained their first Top 15 US hits, “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again” which took them to […]
Between 1980 and 1986, the British trio Genesis released a series of four consecutive hit albums, each more successful than its predecessor by as many as five times. Because drummer/singer/songwriter Phil Collins had a parallel solo career take off during that time, reading the critical reviews from many respected music writers in this period imply […]
By Fall 1982, anyone who had underestimated child-actor-turned-rock-drummer Phil Collins should have wised up when his second solo album Hello I Must Be Going was released then. After all, no one saw him coming when essentially he saved progressive rockers Genesis by hopping down off the drum riser six years earlier to fill the lead […]
Many of the post-British Invasion bands were approaching the rock idiom seriously by 1972, the peak year for this “progressive “ rock movement which had matured with spectacular results, both artistically and commercially. It was the result of a combination of new technology ( the Mellotron , which crudely emulated choral and orchestral sounds ) […]
Genesis and Mike + the Mechanics namesake Mike Rutherford on Fathers Day.
Growing up in the segregated American Deep South near Nashville and later Daytona Beach, Florida in the 1950s and early 1960s, Gregg Allman,the younger of the Allman brothers, had a friend named Floyd Miles. “He took me, literally, across the (railroad) tracks of town,” Gregg told me. “Back then, maybe 1960, it wasn’t cool to […]
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally employed some “affirmative action” this year with the induction of progressive rock icon YES, a band whose family tree has enormous branches.
(cont)…It was not until stumbling into the broadcast media/entertainment business that I got to witness,up close and personally,individual musicians who have been given enormous powers of influence ,through the modern phenomenon of celebrity,by the very people who they entertain. Case in point is this week’s classic rock interview : 25 years ago,ex-Genesis lead singer Peter Gabriel had a cult following after four studio solo albums, with his most significant creation being the ground-breaking “Shock the Monkey” video. But with the May 1986 release of So (#1 UK,#2 U.S.,over 5 million sold;4 Grammy nominations including Album and Record of the Year for the #1 hit “Sledgehammer”), Peter Gabriel was vaulted into international pop stardom with all of its attendant door-opening , barrier-eliminating amenities…(more)