A pristine video has just seen light of day of Peter Gabriel-era Genesis performing live in 1973 at the Bataclan in Paris. This jaw dropping never-seen-before concert footage captures Genesis in all their live intensity, in stunning 4K quality.
This was the Foxtrot tour and Gabriel had just started to incorporate costumes into the show. Fresh off the Dublin show where he appeared unannounced (even to the bandmates) in red dress and fox head as seen on that 1972 album cover and causing quite a storm, he goes again here, but this is just a glimpse of what was to come for Gabriel’s theatrics and costumes fronting Genesis in the early 70s.
After decades of listening to this line-up on both live and studio recordings, this new footage provides a world of insight into how it all worked onstage. Peter is otherworldly; it’s a captivating performance, an artist in total control of his environment. Phil holds it all together on the drums and looks like he enjoyed a bit of the good smoke after or before the show. It’s amazing to think that the little bearded drummer will become one of the biggest stars on the planet in a decade.
The only full song is The Musical Box from 1971’s Nursery Cryme and even that features a brief audio patch from the 1973 LP Genesis Live since sound was missing from the beginning of the recording. It is followed by the first half of the Foxtrot centrepiece Supper’s Ready and large chunks of Return of the Giant Hogweed (Nursery Cryme) and The Knife from Trespass (1970).
The French TV video concludes with an the interview segment where which Peter says he learned to perform by watching Alice Cooper and David Bowie. Enjoy it before it gets pulled.