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8Apr/1227

Genesis: Come Rain Or Shine

I just watched Come Rain or Shine, the Genesis film that documents the preparatory process as the band and their crew worked to get ready for the first Genesis tour in 15 years. The film has been showing recently on VH-1 Classic (and apparently, you can also watch it on Hulu - see below) and it really is a must see if you're a Genesis fan.

Packaged initially with the When in Rome concert DVD, Come Rain or Shine is anything but filler bonus content. It really gives you a very frank look behind the work that went into the 2007 Turn It On Again Genesis reunion tour. It was especially interesting to see how involved the band was in the whole process - right down to watching and working intently with the crew to help them eliminate the problems and figure out how to hit the video cues correctly for "Domino."

The European leg of the tour was plagued with other problems of the wet variety - of the 22 shows on the tour, it rained at 18 of the dates....and yet, Genesis soldiered on, delivering the goods each night for the fans who had waited a long time for the opportunity.

The Turn It On Again tour was my first Genesis concert experience. Certainly, I'd seen many Genesis shows on video and heard many more via audio, but after making the big mistake of passing up the chance to see them on the We Can't Dance tour, there was no way that I was going to miss what might be my only chance to see Genesis in person.

So many years into the adventure, the vocal keys of many of the songs had been adjusted to compensate for the revised vocal range of Phil Collins. It was jarring when I first saw it on television, but by the time I saw the show at Quicken Loans Arena here in Cleveland, it didn't matter - it was still Genesis and they put on a great show.

Watching Come Rain or Shine and also the recently released Phil Collins solo Blu-ray Live at Montreux, it makes me a bit sad to think that we might never see Phil Collins, the drummer, ever again due to his back and spine issues that he says will keep him from drumming. Luckily, both Collins and Genesis are so well preserved on video, there's plenty to watch.

Watch Come Rain or Shine via Hulu

  • http://twitter.com/AnalogWalrus Steve C.

    Honestly, I kind of regret watching this doc.  I was grateful that the tour happened, as it was also the only chance I ever had to see Genesis live, and enjoyed the show in Chicago.  But the underlying feeling that Phil was slightly phoning it in and didn’t really want to do the tour seemed to be confirmed by this documentary.  I definitely got the vibe that he only agreed to the tour to fund his divorce and collect one last big payday….or that he agreed to a small-scale reunion and it spiraled into a large-scale stadium tour against his wishes.  

    I could be way off base, just the feeling I got from watching this.  I wish Phil still had the desire to make music, since I definitely felt like Tony & Mike would’ve wanted to continue Genesis past the tour if they could’ve.

  • Frank Sudore

    Phil DID want to do this, but not turn it into a massive world tour.
    Most people don’t get the term ” Professional Singer/Musician/Entertainer.
    Giving your 110% EVERY NIGHT ! Yes it is sad we may never see Phil behind a drum kit but he surely has paid his dues out on the road.
    I think the biggest loss is never seeing an original reunion. One damn song at the RR hall of fame show, to quote Gabriel “Give the fans what they want, A LITTLE NOSTALGIA ! “

  • scott (the other one)

    Love that the first song they show them listening to is from the Peter Gabriel era. 

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