sent to Paperlate by Linda Darling, March 28, 1996
and Scott Silberstein, March 29, 1996.

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 15:23:46 -0500
Subject: Genesis Seeking New Vocalist for New Album
Precedence: bulk

Here’s something that popped up on Reuters during an AOL search – seems the rumors held the usual mix of bits of truth with some things not quite so correct (at least if work on the new album is already in progress, as this would have it).

Linda Darling

NEW YORK–(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)–March 28, 1996–Atlantic recording group Genesis, one of the most successful rock bands in the world, are currently seeking a vocalist.

“This is the first move to recruit a new member since Peter Gabriel left the group in 1975. For the past 20 years, drummer Phil Collins has been temping as singer, to great acclaim. Now, however, he has decided to move on in order to concentrate on his solo projects.

Mike Rutherford — whose other band, Mike & The Mechanics, are on a sold-out UK tour, with an album at No. 3 in the charts — confirmed that this was a completely amicable parting. “I quite understand Phil’s reasons for leaving — being in two highly successful outfits is very hard work. When a change like this comes about, it brings something different, and that’s what we’ve found with the new direction our music is now taking. The new Genesis album that Tony and I are working on will be much heavier and darker.”

Tony Banks, keyboard player with Genesis since he and Peter Gabriel formed a songwriting partnership at school in 1966, described Phil’s departure as “an opportunity rather than a problem. Of course we’ll miss him. We have had some fantastic times together. But this gives us a chance to take Genesis to the next stage.”

Phil Collins commented: “Having been in Genesis for 25 years, I felt it time to change direction in my musical life. For me now, it will be music for movies, some jazz projects, and of course my solo career. I wish the guys in Genesis all the very best in their future. We remain the best of friends.”

The band, who have sold over 80 million albums so far, have begun work on a new album, their twentieth, and will be auditioning vocalists in the near future. They are still considering their options as regards replacing Collins with a regular drummer.”

Date: Thu, 28 Mar 1996 19:21:06 -0500
Subject: Reuters Variety Update on Genesis
Precedence: bulk

Yes, it’s a sad day, and Mike and Tony have apparently accepted a huge challenge to move onward, while finding a replacement for a most gifted musician, singer, writer, and charismatic front man. And, while 1995 isn’t 1974, and the parallels aren’t exact, some of us may remember the universal predictions of doom, from fans and industry, that occurred when Peter Gabriel left. I’m sure in the coming days we’ll all have a lot to talk about, and guess about — but at least the PC era of Genesis has not, apparently, ended in acrimony or bitterness, as so many other bands have ended eras, like Pink Floyd or the Police, and I find it very interesting that Mike and Tony seem be actively courting the attention that’s sure to be focused on any band that hopes to replace a member who’s achieved the immense success that Phil has.

I’m sure we all wish all of them the best of luck in the future, and I feel sure that no one hopes for Genesis’ future success than Phil does. I always sort of believed it when the guys said the next one to leave would signal the time Genesis would call it a day — I guess once again they’ve surprised me, and maybe they’ll surprise us all once again.

Linda Darling — (hmm, now how many singers will be grabbing the microphone come Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame induction time? ­čÖé

LOS ANGELES (Reuter) – “Phil Collins, the creative force behind veteran British art-rock band Genesis has quit to focus on his solo career, the group said Thursday.

Remaining members Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks are seeking a new vocalist and drummer to replace Collins, and they hope to release a new album early next year. The last Genesis studio album was 1991’s ‘We Can’t Dance’.

Rutherford, the band’s bassist/guitarist, said in a statement Collins’ departure was amicable. “I quite understand Phil’s reasons for leaving – being in two highly successful outfits is very hard work.”

He added the new Genesis album would be “heavier and darker” than previous efforts. To date, Genesis has sold over 80 million albums despite frequent sniping from critics.

The last time the band sought a new member was in 1975 when vocalist Peter Gabriel quit. Hundreds of singers were auditioned until they settled on drummer Collins who had joined the band on their second album, 1970’s “Trespass”(!).

When Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett left a few years after Gabriel, the band commemorated the event by calling an album “…And Then There Were Three”.

Collins, whose hit song “Another Day in Paradise” won the 1990 Grammy for Record of the Year, is currently working on a follow-up to “Both Sides”, his commercially disappointing album from 1993.”

18:59 03-28-96

Date: Fri, 29 Mar 1996 02:57:40 -0500
Subject: Onward!
Precedence: bulk

Greetings all,

In an honest to God odd ironic twist of fate, just this very morning of all mornings I found a diary I kept of my trip to London to record “Kira The Young Hunter” with Phil, and spent a little while transcribing it. Spooky to see what I had written, given the turn of events:

“Matt and I even got a chance to sit and shoot the breeze with Phil┬áduring a little break, and found him to be very forthcoming about his priorities and directions. The session is coinciding with the wide release of the “Both Sides” album and “Both Sides of the Story” single, and Phil was pretty blunt about his disappointment in their performance so far. Clearly the music on this album, and perhaps even more so the process of making it, means as much to him as anything he’s done right now, and he thinks this is his best album I can’t really tell — my first hearing of it left me a little disappointed, but I was surprised at how much more I liked it the second time. Or at least half of it, which for me means its an album I like. We were impressed with how closely he and Hit&Run; track the sales of the album city by city — he was telling us about how bad the album had done in Charlotte, NC! He pretty clearly wants to address this with another solo album and tour after the upcoming Both Sides tour is over, which got him talking about how uncertain he was about the future of Genesis. He said that by the time the Both Sides tour is done, and he does another album and another tour, he may well be too old to be taken seriously doing this any more — that was kind of striking. And he speculated about a bunch of other things he would like to do apart from Genesis, things like more acting or soundtrack writing. I can’t help but wonder if he also meant he wouldn’t want so much time to pass without being around Jill and Lily. How marriages survive the demands of this lifestyle I will never know. Anyway, although I’d rather not contemplate it too much until it happens, I come away from this session thinking that maybe this is it for Genesis with Phil, and I got the feeling from some of his words — especially when he said “I don’t know how much longer we’ll be doing this” — that perhaps they’ve all talked about this. Anyway, far be it for me to predict the future, and we’ll keep this quiet for now, even though Phil didn’t exactly seem to be asking for confidentiality. I have to admit, though, that it was both cool to feel we were on the inside hearing this stuff that almost no one else has heard, and a little sad to think that Phil talks like a man at a crossroads.”

I can’t even describe how very strange it feels to have re-discovered these words on the day that the announcement comes. But it’s been that kind of day.

As a fan, I will always look forward to all of Genesis’ solo and group work, and I think that because most of us on Paperlate are true die-hards we’ll be there when the new works come out. It seems that just as they have done with everything in their career, Genesis approaches this change with class, honesty and optimism. We’re fortunate to be their fans, and I think they’ve earned our open-mindedness for their forthcoming ventures. In short, I don’t think we need to worry about them — like every thing else, they appear to moving ahead with class and integrity. As expected!

Good luck to the guys, and let’s all hang in there as fans. Although some of us will have a hard time adjusting, this could be a fun period for us — let’s make the best of it!

Best to all,
Scott Silberstein
HMS Media

P.S. — Guess we’re about to find out how many people post to Paperlate, because we’re probably ALL going to be posting on this subject!