Progressive rock band Genesis flirted perilously close to the mainstream for the first time in December 1976 with “Your Own Special Way” on the album Wind and Wuthering, yet there are no reports of any permanent injury. Mike Rutherford and Phil Collins join me In the Studio. -Redbeard
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On the eve of their first North American concert tour in decades, Genesis triumvirate Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Phil Collins reconvened here In the Studio to reprise the world premiere broadcast which I hosted and produced with them in November 1991 for “We Can’t Dance” .
The September 1981 release of Genesis “Abacab” forty years ago. The veteran English band’s eleventh studio album, nevertheless it was the first Genesis album to breach the American Top Ten album sales on Billboard , and surprisingly the first Genesis million seller. Yet it is no minor miracle that my guests Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Tony Banks could make it to the Progressive Rock promised land.
Here is Genesis 30 June 1990 performing “Mama” to over 100,000 on one humid, rainy day at that year’s annual Knebworth Festival outside London.
Concerts are coming back just in time for the 35th anniversary of Genesis’ biggest album in their long fifty year+ career, Invisible Touch (worldwide sales estimated at 15,000,000), so we convene Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Phil Collins here In the Studio to discuss the blockbuster sales behind “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”, “Land of Confusion”, “In Too Deep”, “Throwing It All Away”, and “Invisible Touch”.
The first album in the post-Peter Gabriel era, Genesis “A Trick of the Tail” 45th anniversary interview In the Studio with Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford.
Genesis “ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway”
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 that Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks unwittingly, if not unwillingly, were somehow led by Collins in a more mainstream pop direction. However, the simple facts just don’t bear out that assumption.
A half century ago, YES’s Close to the Edge was stunningly popular, with Top Five sales in both the U.S. and UK. In these thoughtful, detailed classic rock interviews, YES lead singer/lyricist Jon Anderson, guitarist Steve Howe, extraordinary drummer Bill Bruford, and keyboard innovator Rick Wakeman provide a surprisingly candid recounting of the undisputed peak of the Progressive Rock era.
The History of Southern Rock pt one interviews with the late Gregg Allman, Gary Rossington, Henry Paul, Doug Gray of the Marshall Tucker Band, the late Hughie Thomasson, the late Charlie Daniels, many more. Part 1 of 2.