Phil Collins - vocals, drums; Tony Banks - keyboards; Mike Rutherford - bass, guitar, vocals; Steve Hackett - guitar; Bill Bruford - drums, percussion
This live recording by Genesis was a landmark King Biscuit Flower Hour appearance because it marked the first time the band had been heard on a national broadcast with its new line-up, after the departure of lead singer Peter Gabriel. The band had toured for over a year between 1974 and 1975, performing 103 shows on the Lamb Lies Down On Broadway tour knowing the whole time that Gabriel would be departing to focus on his new family and to launch a solo career. The band had pleaded with Gabriel not to go public with his decision to leave, because the members feared they could not move forward without their charismatic lead vocalist.
However, after the Lamb tour ended, Genesis decided to carry on. Over 150 vocalists auditioned, and drummer Phil Collins, who had been already doing backing vocals for years, often would organize the auditions and show the replacement tryouts how they wanted the existing Genesis songs sung. When Rutherford and Banks heard Collins sing the songs to those auditioning, they realized their replacement for Peter Gabriel was already in the band. It was ultimately decided Collins would get the job and an additional drummer would be brought in.
They emerged in 1976 with A Trick Of The Tail, what many fans consider the definitive Genesis album. The show presented a smooth transition featuring the best of the new material ("Dance On A Volcano" "Robbery, Assault And Battery," "Los Endos") and classic older Genesis songs ("The Lambs Lies Down On Broadway" "The Carpet Crawlers" "The Cinema Show" "White Mountain" and "Firth Of Fifth").
Even with their popular lead vocalist gone, Genesis was about to enter their most commercially successful period, which climaxed in the early 1980s when the band became considerably more radio friendly and less engrossed in the progressive rock genre.
A more than solid set from a group fresh into a whole different chapter of their careers; a new Genesis was about to begin.
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