According to Bravewords.com, Four years after back injuries caused him to stop playing the drums, and three years since the release of his last solo album, PHIL COLLINS says he’s considering returning to the stage, possibly even as part of a GENESIS reunion, reports Vic’s Drum Shop.
Collins revealed that he has “…started thinking about doing new stuff… maybe playing some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven’t been there yet.”
Besides the spinal injuries that caused him to put down his drumsticks, Colllins’ retirement came about partially so he could spend more time with his young children. However it’s those two sons, 12-year-old Nicholas and 8-year-old Matthew, who are reportedly most eager to see their father take the stage again.
Collins has not played live since 2010 and not with the rest of Genesis since 2007. His most recent solo effort was the 2010 covers set Going Back, with his last set of originals being 2002’s Testify.
Collins’s tenure with Genesis runs all the way back to 1971’s Nursery Cryme and found him jumping from behind the drum kit into frontman duties following the departure of PETER GABRIEL in 1976. Over the years, the band eased from their early prog leanings into a smoother, soft rock sound. Genesis’s last official studio album was 1997’s Calling All Stations.
According to Bravewords.com, On Tuesday, October 1st, The Gathering Storm – The Album Art Of Storm Thorgerson will be released by StormStudios and De Milo.
Storm Thorgerson wrote and compiled this book over the last year of his life, and it covers his entire career in album cover design from the 1960s and his days with Hipgnosis through to StormStudios, and includes his artwork for PINK FLOYD, LED ZEPPELIN, BLACK SABBATH, PETER GABRIEL, 10CC, AUDIOSLAVE, GENESIS, RAINBOW, STEVE MILLER and MUSE amongst others.
The Gathering Storm – The Album Art Of Storm Thorgerson features 256 pages and according to Pink Floyd, “Storm managed to see, and approve, a finished copy a few days before he died – working right until his untimely and sad passing.”
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What do you get when some of the top prog artists in the world combine forces to make a world class prog Christmas album? Brainchild of prog mastermind Neal Morse, this new Christmas CD due out November 6th is like nothing you’ve ever heard before!
Featuring the raging talents of Mike Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER), Steve Hackett (ex-GENESIS), Roine Stolt (ex-SANE PERSON), Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), Pete Trewavas (TRANSATLANTIC, MARILLION) and more as THE PROG WORLD ORCHESTRA.
According to a press release, “this record is the ultimate Christmas prog album geared toward the major prog fan. Complete with shreddy guitars as well as soothing fretless bass, vocals on occasion by the illustrious Mr. Morse, and everything in between, this is an album the true fan will enjoy for years to come.”
A Proggy Christmas tracklisting:
‘Joy To The World’
‘The Little Drummer Boy’
‘O Holy Night’
‘Hark The Herald Angels Sing’
‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)’
‘Carol Of The Bells’
‘Home For The Holidays’
‘Shred Ride – Sled Ride/Winter Wonderland’
‘ Night/We All Need Some Light’
Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH has recorded some vocals in collaboration with legendary GENESIS guitarist Steve Hackett. Mikael is featured on a re-recording of the classic GENESIS mega-epos “Supper’s Ready” from 1972’s “Foxtrot” album. More information about the upcoming release will be released soon.
In other news, due to popular demand, Mikael has recorded a further eight shows for Swedish national radio. “De Bortglömda Mästerverken” (The Forgotten Masterpieces) is a series of shows where Mikael flips vinyl on air, playing mostly obscure progressive and psychedelic rock. The show is being produced by Andreas Matz for radio P4 and will start airing on July 15. You can also catch it online at www.sr.se.
OPETH recently completed a North America co-headlining tour with MASTODON. The trek kicked off on April 4 in Portland, Maine, and visited more than 30 cities in the U.S. and Canada before wrapping up at Atlanta’s Masquerade on May 12. Source: Blabbermouth.net