Along with Guns N’ Roses and Manic Street Preachers, Genesis was on the cover of the first issue of traditional rock music.
Twenty-four years and 300 releases later, we meet Genesis guy Tony Banks as the band nears the end of the swan song The Last Domino? a trip.
Genesis was on the cover traditional rock musicnumber one. In general, how was your relationship with music journalism?
He was fine. The general press has never been so enthusiastic about Genesis, but less enthusiastic about my solo things. This is the most surprising thing about us getting good reviews right now for our live shows. It’s a new experience. I’m not quite sure why, maybe they feel sorry for us because we’re old.
I’ve said it many times: Genesis has never been a trendy band, never been the band of the moment, and they tend to get a little overlooked sometimes, I think. But we had a great run. The press has been up and down, but I can take it.
How was this last round for you?
it was amazing. We had a great response, and the audience was very excited. Phil is clearly incapable of doing what he was doing, but he still puts in a good show. People love the fact that we put in the effort. And it will be the last time, so I think a lot of people come for this reason. The group is playing well, Nick [Collins, Phil’s son] He is a wonderful drummer. It’s a great way to bring it all together.
And how do you personally feel about bringing it all together?
I really dont know. The final show will likely be a sad occasion. When I raise my fingers for the last time when we’re done carpet reptilesIt’s going to be a strange moment for me. It was great being in front of all these people. But living is not my reason for being in this business. I just wanted to write the music, and I ended up playing my stuff because nobody else, I guess. I wish I was a Bert Bacharach type character, more in the background.
What changed your mind?
The first band I saw live was The Nice, at the Marquee in 1968, with Keith Emerson. run out [Gabriel] And I was there, and I think at the time it would be really interesting to play live. I met Keith at the Prog Awards [in 2012]. Rick Wakeman was getting a Prog God award, and when I said goodbye to Keith I told him, “You’ll always be a Prog God to me!” After the Beatles and all that stuff, it was one of the reasons I joined a band.
Does Genesis Still Travel Together? Are you all on the same bus/plane?
Yes pretty much. Being with everyone is one of the nicer things about being on the road. I know some teams struggled with each other, but we never had that. Obviously, there have been moments over the years, but nothing in particular. mike [Rutherford]Phil and I know each other very well now. I don’t know if I could be in a band where we had a problem.
Do you still listen to rock music for fun?
If I did it tends to be the sixties. Gary Brooker’s death lately has made me go back to things like [Procol Harum’s 1969 album] salty dog And in the decade of ‘Twas In I [from Shine On Brightly, 1968], which had a major influence on early Genesis. That was the first time we had heard of stereo, albums by people like Family and Fairport Convention.
what do I like [organist] Alan Price did The Animals, and I’ve always loved it [The Zombies’] Rod Argent. But to be honest, I’m more of a guitar fan than a keyboard fan. Someone like Hendrix, you can’t believe what he can do with the tool. And Jeff Beck is very musical, which is great.
The Genesis collection includes singles from the 80s and songs from the Gabriel years. Do you feel that these two periods are different for you?
I don’t feel it. There is a diehard person who feels the days with Peter are glory days, but I’ve never seen much change in Genesis. It was a slow thing. We get better at the short things. Once we did [first UK Top 10 single, in ’78] follow you follow mesingles became something we were able to do, even very complex songs like Play it again And the my mom.
In many ways, it’s hard to write a good simple song. And some people are pretty good at it – The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Abba. I like a good single, even nowadays when I hear something like let her go From [Disney blockbuster] Frozen – It’s a really good pop song! There is real art to that.