Ickmusic @ Genesis “Turn It On Again 2007”


I’ll try very hard to avoid the cliché of saying Genesis “turned it on again” last night at Giants Stadium, but I’ll be damned if I can find a better metaphor at the moment. From the opening blast of “Duke’s Intro (Behind The Lines)” to the last bit of “Invisible Touch” (we skipped the encore in favor of not sitting in the nightmare that is Giants Stadium traffic) the group delivered a dynamic and energetic set of hits, classics and rarities spanning their 40 year career.

There are very few times that I can say that I was actually glad to be in ‘nose-bleed’ section. This is one of them as it really allowed us to take in the massive stage and light show. The band performed while dwarfed by the enormous backdrop and flanked by high definition video screens. I’d venture to say the experience was on par with Pink Floyd or U2’s Popmart tour. While the band performed, video and images danced across the stage reflecting the band’s 70’s art-rock leanings.

Set highlights for me are almost too many too mention but standout performances of “No Son Of Mine”, the once again relevant “Land Of Confusion” and haunting “Firth Of Fifth” / “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)” through “Mama” (complete with Phil scaring the crap out of the crowd during his “Ha-Ha”) all come to the forefront. While I could complain that favorites like “Misunderstanding”, “That’s All” and “Illegal Alien” were not included, I found that I really did not miss them. I walked away feeling fully satisfied and with a giant smile on my face.

Oh, also of note is the fact that each of the North American shows are going to be made available to purchase at If you did not have the chance to catch the show and want to hear it, you can order any of the 22 shows.

Here’s the setlist:

“Duke’s Intro (Behind The Lines)”
“Turn It On Again”
“No Son Of Mine”
“Land Of Confusion”
“In The Cage” / “The Cinema Show” / “Duke’s Travels” / “Afterglow”
“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 (In Your Wardrobe)”
“Throwing It All Away”
“Drum Duet”
“Los Endos”
“Tonight, Tonight, Tonight”
“Invisible Touch”
“I Can’t Dance”
“The Carpet Crawlers”


  • Zack

    My complaint would be the inclusion of a lot of later material, but that’s personal taste. I can’t believe they played “Carpet Crawlers,” although I can’t imagine Phil singing it. Generally, I like PG Genesis more, but I don’t disown the post-PG material. Abcab, for instance. Hell, I’ll even defend Invisible Touch as a a great pop album, and even that one still has some fairly abstract songs on it (i.e. Domino). Glad you had a good time!

  • Thierry

    They played the same set here in Toronto (I went thanks to a Ticketmaster Ticketdeal – free tickets!), and was surprised at how much I really enjoyed this concert. You can say whatever you want about Phil Collins, but he IS a pro at doing these stadium shows, and it may have been the most visually appealing set I have ever seen. The highlight for me was “Ripples”, a song I was unfamiliar with before the show and a great piece of British folk-influenced progressive rock…

  • Frank

    I can’t believe you walk out of a concert before the end if you enjoy it! You say you could complain that they din’t play your favourites. Don’t you wonder if they are playing them in the encores while you are on your way home trying to beat traffic?

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