By Paul Silva (London. Special for TeleShow)
It didn’t take long to confirm what many had previously assumed. After playing the two intro songs, it was the same Phil Collins who, without hesitation or detours, explained that this show, in the imposing stadium o2 sand on Saturday, March 26, was to be the last in the history of Genesis. In a recital that will be remembered for many reasons, the choice of London as the final destination for the closing of the The Last Domino? tours, in which the legendary group once again showed all the references with which it built its long and successful career.
“It’s a really special night.Phil Collins told the crowd at the O2 Arena in London. “This is the last leg of our tour, and this is Genesis’ last show. ANDIt’s hard for us to believe but it’s very good that even with all that they came to see us. Yeah, after tonight we’ll have to get some real jobs.”said an emotional Collins.
The impressive setting of Genesis during their last concert
In front of a crowd of more than 20,000 spectators, the London group performed 20 songs perfectly chosen to synthesize his long career, added to three encores that had the entire audience raving. With terrific staging, the band flourished with a vast repertoire for all of their styles and albums, pleasing their fans who cheered the entire show, which lasted around 2 hours and 20 minutes.
After 14 years of absence on stage – he had played for the last time in 2007 to celebrate the 40 years of his training in the CharterHouse College, Godalmingon the outskirts of London- the ensemble consisting of Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford it had impeccable sound and lighting, which formed a perfect cocktail when it came to having to show off on stage and which recalled the style which consecrated it to its golden age; as well as having state-of-the-art LED screens that beautifully illustrated the entire show.
Reviewing its history a little, it should be remembered that Genesis had three different formations during its initial tour, between 1967 and 2000, in which they released 15 albums. Of course, at that time the band’s sound was much more oriented towards progressive rock under the direction of Pierre-Gabriel but, after his departure in 1975 and with Phil Collins in the voice, the group sketched itself much more towards pop-rock.
A fragment of “Follow You, Follow Me” in Genesis Farewell
Already in this new period, with more commercial success, Genesis grew until 1996, when Collins left the group. From this stage, the album stands out for its popularity Invisible key (1986), being the single of the same name, one of the best known and celebrated of the series.
And if we talk about this particular show, we have to point out that all the themes of the set list they sounded great, but the acoustic segment that was put together especially for the occasion didn’t go unnoticed, and not just because of its warmth but also because Phil Collins ostensibly got lost with the lyrics while performing “Follow you, follow me”.
The 71-year-old singer has long looked very run down due to his deteriorated state of health and must always sing seated: remember that in 2009, the drummer suffered a crushed vertebrae and from there a first surgery, followed by another in 2015 which caused him serious damage to the nervous system for which he cannot act while standing still. All this, without a doubt, is reflected and seriously affects his voice, which has lost that great initial flow that made it different.
Genesis reviewed his career at his last show in London
But not all of them were bad for Phil, since he could and knew how to impose his son Nicholas -only 20 years- as Genesis drummer replacing the devoted Chester Thompson during the big tour. In this order, it should also be emphasized that for the whole scaffolding of the group to shine impeccably, it was essential to have the talent to Daryl Sturmer on guitar and bass, which accompanies them almost from the time they happened Steve Hackett in the second half of the 1970s.
Similarly, it should also be noted that his acolytes and founders of the group excelled with their respective instruments: Banks endorsed all his talents on piano and keyboards and Rutherford did the same on guitar and bass, alternating.
Halfway through the show, it was Collins himself who also confirmed that Peter Gabriel was in the stadium, although incredibly and surprisingly he was not invited on stage. He didn’t come out if the group didn’t invite him or if the former leader rejected the invitation: what was very clear was that they missed a unique and irreplaceable opportunity. Because with the last verse of “The Carpet Crawlers”, the final theme, Genesis forever closes a successful story that, without a doubt, will have a privileged place in the most recognized threshold of music.