Music / Monday, September 10th, 2007

Jeff Miers says it all.

Incredible talent as an ensemble, individual virtuosity, and an acrobat’s sense of balance — exemplified by the sort of back-to-back, idiomatic brain quakes created by the placing of a prog-Beatles ballad like “Afterglow” next to the r&b-inflected pop of “Hold on My Heart” — made Saturday’s set a joy to behold.

Opening with the gorgeous, expansive “Behind the Lines,” and fusing it to “Duke’s End,” Genesis arrived like manna from heaven for listeners who have in recent years likely grown both bored and frustrated by the lowest-common-denominator nature of much modern rock.

On balance, this show was moving on many levels. When Collins sang “Afterglow” so beautifully; when “Ripples” was as fantastically transcendent as it ever was; when Collins and Thompson performed a duet solo piece. Name me one band that’s emerged over the past decade that could possibly pull this off.

The band ended with “Carpet Crawlers,” one of “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway’s” most moving songs. It was a transcendent four minutes, capping a stellar show.

Although I would have to say that the lame spot in the set came in with “I Can’t Dance” not “Invisible Touch.”

My favorite was “Follow You, Follow Me” and the Drum Duet.

Behind the Lines/Duke’s End
Turn It On Again
No Son Of Mine
Land of Confusion
In the Cage/Cinema Show/Duke’s Travels
Hold On My heart
Home By the Sea/Second Home By the Sea
Follow You Follow Me
Firth Of Fifth/I Know What I Like
Throwing It All Away
Phil Collins/Chester Thompson drum duet
Los Endos
Tonight Tonight Tonight
Invisible Touch
I Can’t Dance
The Carpet Crawlers

And you can buy the 2 CD LIVE concert here!

Thank you Aunt Carroll!

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