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Nail hit perfectly on the head., June 9 2010
While any Genesis fan will certainly enjoy this concert, the sweet spot is hit for the average fan. This is the perfect showcase of what a truly great band can do.
First off, the staging is just fantastic and the scope of the set is truly awesome. It was the perfect backdrop to a band that does not bounce around the stage that much. Let's face it, these are older guys who don't dance or stage dive anymore. So the staging and video effects are a perfect addition to the music without taking anything away from it. There are no flashpots or explosions save for the finale when they let off some pretty great fireworks. These are more in celebration than as an underscore to the music. Bottom line, the balance between staging and performance is perfect.
Musically, the boys stick to a game plan that works exceptionally well. Given the breadth of their catalogue, they find a great balance of old and new and deliver both without compromise. Individually, Phil still has the pipes from start to finish and his drumming skills are well on display here. (On a side note, it was recently reported that Phil will likely never play drums again due to a back injury.) Long time drummer Chester Thompson is solid as ever and you need to see the drum duet between the two of them. Very inventive and well executed. Mike Rutherford goes between Guitar and Bass throughout and continues to be solid as a rock and while he doesn't move around a lot, he really seems to be enjoying himself. He's not flashy but he is quite the technician. Another long time Genesis Live collaborator is Darryl Sturmer who is brilliant on the guitar. Precise, balanced and the perfect back-up or lead where required.
Interestingly, I found the real stand-out to be keyboardist Tony Banks. After watching the documentary, it becomes clear that he and Mike are the backbone of Genesis. Even Phil tips his hat to that. Tony is oh so very good at what he does. He is consistant and in perfect balance with the others but when he lets go on some of the older material, you really need to watch and listen to a Progressive rock master. He is in complete command of his keyboards from the subtle to the solo. I found a new appreciation for his talent.
The conert that was filmed was a free concert in Rome and was attended by over half a million people. Phil knows how to work the crowd and does so here. The call and response stuff he does is fun and not over the top. "Throwing it all away" is a great example of this. It turned an up tempo ballad into one of the more fun moments for the crowd. "In the Cage" is the standout of the older stuff and they mix in a couple of other tracks so perfectly it's hard to notice that they weren't there all along. Enjoy "In your Wardrobe". Phil does a great tamborine bit simultainously with footage of himself doing the same thing as a much younger man.
"Ripples" is beautiful and "Domino" doesn't dissapoint. The Hits are straight forward. Check out "I can't Dance" as the first encore. While not one of my favorite tracks, it was neat to see just the three boys going at for most of the song. It was almost like a jam session, though we all know it was quite well rehearsed.
This is likely the last time you will ever see Genesis live, certainly in this scope. Turn down the lights, turn up the volume on the Big Screen and really enjoy this concert.