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Genesis - Biography


Gigs at the Marquee club: 12
Period of performances: 1960-1972
Line-up members at the Marquee club:
Peter Gabriel (vocals), Tony Banks (keyboards), Mike Rutherford (bass), Anthony Phillips (guitar), (guitar), Rob Tyrrell (drums), John Matthew (drums), Phil Collins (drums), Steve Hackett (guitar), Chester Thompson (drums), David Stuermer (guitar)

Genesis was formed originally from a group of classmates at the Charterhouse public school in Godalming, Surrey, UK. Drummer and vocalist Peter Gabriel and keyboardist Tony Banks, whom had started a musical friendship since 1963, joined the members of the band the Anon Anthony Phillips (guitar), Mike Rutherford (bass), and Rob Tyrrell (drums) in 1966 to form a new project called The Garden Wall, which later would became Genesis.

In the summer of 1968 the band signed to Decca Records and recorded the pop/soul oriented album "From Genesis to Revelation" (1969) at Decca's Regent Sound A studios in Soho's Regent Street, featuring John Matthew on drums. During this early period Genesis played at the Marquee on the 4th of February 1970 and repeated for another night that same month.

In March 1970, the band was discovered by Charisma label's chairman, Tony Stratton-Smith and the band signed a productive record deal that would last for many years of the career of the band. Stratton, who was one of the most attached characters to the Marquee club in London's music industry, got a couple of gigs for the band in May and June 1970, during the period of rehearsals for the forthcoming album. "Trespass" was recorded in the summer of 1970 at Trident studios close to the Marquee club and was released in October that year. In "Trespass" Genesis created a very personal combination of progressive rock, classical music, and folk. This combination of elements as well as the mysterious charisma of Gabriel as a performer onstage turned the band into one of the most important bands in the history of rock music. On the 12th of July 1970, Genesis performed their new album at the Marquee club. Six days later guitarist Anthony Phillips quit the band to pursue a solo career and was temporarily replaced by Mick Barnar. Anthony Phillips has recorded more than 20 solo albums and is considered as one of the most personal and creative guitarists in rock music who pioneered also the field of ambient music during the 70's. Following his departure John Matthew left the band also. In early August that year the drummer Phil Collins (ex-Flaming Youth) joined the band. Collins had been for the last years working at the Marquee club, placing the chairs and cleaning up. Six days after he would start rehearsals with the band they played at the Marquee, the 30th of August 1970.

In January 1971, guitarist Steve Hackett joined the band and completed the classical Genesis lineup from the early 70's that recorded some of the most original, complex, and lyrical works from the 70's with the albums "Nursery Cryme" (1971), "Foxtrot" (1972), "Selling England by the Pound" (1973) and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (1974). The new Genesis performed at the Marquee on the 6th of may 1971, repeating on the 9th of the next month just before the recordings of the album "Nursery Cryme" at Trident studios on August.

On the 19th September 1972, Genesis presented their new album "Foxtrot", which was released a month later. This was the last performance of the band with Peter Gabriel's lineup before they would start touring bigger venues. Sadly, the Marquee club never witnessed the later shows of the band with the new plastic theatral performances of Peter Gabriel on stage faturing customes, masks and an innovative stage show. It was since 1973 that Peter Gabriel innovated the rock scene by fusioning live music with theatrical shows and storytelling supported in his fantastic lyrics, influenced by Greek mythology, English classical literature, zen philosophy and the British pre-surrealism of Lewis Carroll. The peak of Genesis theatrical period came in 1974 with the release of the double album "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", a conceptual story about a Puertorican grafitti artist in New York, which was played live on tour featuring a complex stage production that included costumes, a light show and a video show. As many other bands from their generation, the international success of the band in 1973 closed the chances for the band to play back at the Marquee, moving to bigger venues in London such as the Rainbow Theatre and the Wembley Empire Pool. Genesis, though, played in 1971, 1972 and 1973 at the National Jazz Blues & Rock Festival, organized by the Marquee club.

In 1975 Peter Gabriel, after having recorded six legendary albums with Genesis, he quit the band to start a solo career which turned him into one of the most innovative producers of all times, recording several solo albums and becaming one of the most advanced live artists by combining music, art, vision and technology. Gabriel founded the WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) festival in 1980, an organization to promote the arts from traditional and contemporary cultures with performances, educational projects, and records. He also runs one of the most technically advanced recording studios in the UK and the world music label Real World.

After Peter Gabriel's departure and a fruitless period in search for a replacement, Phil Collins, who had already played vocals in the band, finally got in charge of the position after the insistence of the rest of the band. With this lineup the band released the wonderful progressive rock albums "A Trick of the Tail" (1976) and "Wind and Wuthering" (1977) and the band included the guest drummers Bill Bruford and later Chester Thompson on stage.

In 1977, Steve Hackett quit the band to pursue a reputed solo career recording numerous albums. The band remained as a trio during the following 19 years, with the live support of Daryl Stuermer, recording several successful albums during the early 80's such as "Duke" (1980), "Abacab" (1981), "Genesis" (1983), and "Invisible Touch" (1986) and remaining as one of the top pop bands in the world.

On the 27th of September 1982, Genesis had a comeback to the Marquee club during their extensive Abacab UK tour and one day before a successful show at London's Hammersmith Odeon theatre, with a lineup including Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Chester Thompson and Daryl Steurmer. The gig was announced just a few hours before the show would start in order to avoid big crowds in such small club, considering the enormous popularity of the band at the time.

Parallel to the band, Phil Collins started also a solo career in 1981 with the release of the album "Face Value" and became one of the most reputed and commercially successful solo artists in the history of pop music having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide throughout his career. Phil Collins quit Genesis in 1996 and was replaced by ex-Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson, releasing the album "Calling All Stations" in 1997. He returned with the original 80's trio line-up in 2006.

The former Genesis members Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips, and John Silver met Tony Banks and Michael Rutherford on May 11, 1998, for a press conference held at Heathrow Airport, London, to promote the release of Genesis' first CD box set, "Archive 1967-1975". The trio formed by Collins-Banks-Rutherford returned to play on stage in 2007.

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Genesis gigs at the Marquee Club


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