|Concert by Genesis|
|Associated album||The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway|
|Start date||20 November 1974|
|End date||22 May 1975|
|No. of shows||104 (108 scheduled)|
|Genesis concert chronology|
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Tourwas a North American and European concert tour by English rock band Genesis. It began on 20 November 1974 in Chicago, ended on 22 May 1975 in Besançon, France, and promoted their 1974 album of the same name. At each show, the album was played in its entirety, with one or two older songs as encores. The group's final tour with singer Peter Gabriel, it was marked by extensive theatricality, with multiple costumes worn by Gabriel, three backdrop screens that displayed 1,450 slides from eight projectors, laser lighting, and practical effects.
Genesis supported the album with a tour across North America and Europe, playing the album in its entirety with one or two older songs as encores.Such a format was not supported by the entire band considering most of the audience were not yet familiar with the large amount of new material. The tour was scheduled to begin on 29 October 1974 with an 11-date tour of the UK that sold out within four hours of going on sale, but they were rescheduled for 1975 after guitarist Steve Hackett had crushed a wine glass in his left hand which severed a tendon and needed time to recover. The group lost money as they were unable to recoup deposits they had paid the venues. The tour began on 20 November in Chicago, and ended on 22 May 1975 in Besançon, France. The last two scheduled concerts on 24 and 27 May in Toulouse and Paris, respectively, were cancelled due to low ticket sales. Gabriel marked the occasion of his final show with the group by playing the "Last Post" on his oboe. Hackett estimated the band's debts at £220,000 at the tour's end.
The tour featured at the time some of the biggest instruments used by the band, including Rutherford's double-neck Rickenbacker and the largest drum kit ever used by Collins. The tour's stage show involved three backdrop screens that displayed 1,450 slides, designed by Geoffrey Shaw, from eight projectorsand a laser lighting display. Banks recalled the slides only came close to working perfectly on four or five occasions. The tour was the high point of Gabriel's use of theatrics and costumes. He changed his appearance with a short haircut and styled facial hair and dressed as Rael in a leather jacket, T-shirt and jeans. During "The Lamia", he surrounded himself with a spinning cone-like structure decorated with images of snakes. In the last verse, the cone would collapse to reveal Gabriel wearing a body suit that glowed from lights placed under the stage. "The Colony of Slippermen" featured Gabriel as one of the Slippermen, covered in lumps with inflatable genitalia that emerged onto the stage by crawling out of a penis-shaped tube. Gabriel recalled the difficulty in placing his microphone near his mouth while in the costume. "Phil Collins hated the Slipperman outfit," Gabriel admitted to Mark Blake. "In fact, the whole band did, especially the fact that it had these huge inflatable testicles… But I was acting out a character and the audience were getting off on it. I was the interpreter between the band and the audience. Actually, Phil always appreciated that, but I don't think the others always did." Collins admitted at times the tour was ostentatious and "inspiration for Spinal Tap." For "it.", an explosion set off twin strobe lights that reveal Gabriel and a dummy figure dressed identically on each side of the stage, leaving the audience clueless as to which was real. The performance ended with Gabriel vanishing from the stage in a flash of light and a puff of smoke. During the final concert of the tour, roadie Geoff Banks acted as the dummy on stage, wearing nothing but a leather jacket.
In one concert review, the theatrics for "The Musical Box", the show's encore and once the band's stage highlight, was seen as "crude and elementary" compared to the "sublime grandeur" of The Lamb... set.Music critics often focused their reviews on Gabriel's theatrics and took the band's musical performance as secondary which irritated the rest of the band. Collins later said, "People would steam straight past Tony, Mike, Steve and I, go straight up to Peter and say, "You're fantastic, we really enjoyed the show." It was becoming a one-man show to the audience." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame called the tour "a spectacle on par with anything attempted in the world of rock to that point".
During their stop in Cleveland in November 1974, Gabriel told the band he would leave at the conclusion of the tour.The decision was kept a secret from outsiders and media all through the tour, and Gabriel promised the band to stay silent about it for a while after its end in June 1975, to give them some time to prepare for a future without him. By August, the news had leaked to the media anyway, and Gabriel wrote a personal statement to the English music press titled "Out, Angels Out" to explain his reasons and his view of his career up to this point; the piece was printed in several of the major rock music magazines. In his open letter, he explained his disillusion with the music industry and his wish to spend extended time with his family. Banks later stated, "Pete was also getting too big for the group. He was being portrayed as if he was 'the man' and it really wasn't like that. It was a very difficult thing to accommodate. So it was actually a bit of a relief."
No complete performance of the album has been officially released apart from the majority of the band's performance from 24 January 1975 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles that was released as part of the Genesis Archive 1967–75 box set.Some tracks feature re-recorded vocals from Gabriel and guitar parts from Hackett and a remixed studio version of "it.", also with re-recorded vocals. The album's 2007 reissue features the album with a visual reconstruction of the tour's stage show using the original backdrop slides, audience bootleg footage, and photographs.
An average set list for this tour is as follows:
Other songs performed during this tour were:
Before the last show of the tour started, Gabriel played the "Last Post" on oboe solo.
|20 November 1974||Chicago||United States||Auditorium Theatre|
|21 November 1974|
|22 November 1974||Indianapolis||Indiana Convention Center|
|23 November 1974||St. Louis||Ambassador Theatre|
|25 November 1974||Cleveland||Music Hall|
|26 November 1974|
|27 November 1974||Columbus||Ohio Theatre|
|28 November 1974||Detroit||Detroit Masonic Temple|
|29 November 1974||Fort Wayne||National Guard Armory|
|30 November 1974||Pittsburgh||Syria Mosque|
|1 December 1974||Baltimore||Lyric Opera House|
|3 December 1974||Washington, D.C.||Warner Theater|
|4 December 1974||Richmond||Mosque Theater|
|5 December 1974||Philadelphia||Philadelphia Convention Hall and Civic Center|
|6 December 1974||New York City||Academy of Music|
|7 December 1974|
|8 December 1974||Providence||Palace Concert Theater|
|9 December 1974||Boston||Music Hall|
|11 December 1974||Albany||Palace Theatre|
|12 December 1974||Waterbury||Palace Theater|
|13 December 1974||Passaic||Capitol Theatre|
|15 December 1974||Montreal||Canada||Montreal Forum|
|16 December 1974||Toronto||Maple Leaf Gardens|
|17 December 1974||Rochester||United States||Auditorium Theatre|
|18 December 1974||Buffalo||Century Theatre|
|9 January 1975||West Palm Beach||West Palm Beach Auditorium|
|10 January 1975|
|11 January 1975||Lakeland||Lakeland Civic Center|
|13 January 1975||Atlanta||Municipal Auditorium|
|15 January 1975||New Orleans||New Orleans Music Hall|
|17 January 1975||Houston||Houston Music Hall|
|19 January 1975||Oklahoma City||Civic Center Music Hall|
|20 January 1975||Phoenix||Phoenix Civic Center|
|21 January 1975||Boulder||Macky Auditorium|
|22 January 1975||Berkeley||Berkeley Community Theatre|
|24 January 1975||Los Angeles||Shrine Auditorium|
|25 January 1975||San Diego||Golden Hall|
|28 January 1975||Phoenix||Civic Plaza Assembly Hall|
|1 February 1975||Kansas City||Kansas Memorial Hall|
|2 February 1975||Grand Rapids||Grand Valley State University|
|3 February 1975||Fort Wayne||Allen County War Memorial Coliseum|
|4 February 1975||Chicago||Arie Crown Theater|
|19 February 1975||Oslo||Norway||Ekeberghallen|
|21 February 1975||Copenhagen||Denmark||Falkoner Center|
|22 February 1975||Hanover||Germany||Niedersachsenhalle|
|23 February 1975||Berlin||Eissporthalle|
|24 February 1975||Amsterdam||Netherlands||Royal Theater Carré|
|25 February 1975|
|26 February 1975||Cambrai||France||Palais des Grottes|
|28 February 1975||Colmar||Théâtre du Parc des Expositions|
|1 March 1975||Dijon||Palais des Sports de Dijon|
|2 March 1975||Saint-Étienne||Palais des Sports de Saint-Étienne|
|3 March 1975||Paris||Palais des Sports|
|6 March 1975||Cascais||Portugal||Pavilhao de Esportes|
|7 March 1975|
|9 March 1975||Badalona||Spain||Nuevo Pabellón Club Juventud|
|10 March 1975|
|11 March 1975||Madrid||Pabellón del Real Madrid|
|17 March 1975||Paris||France||Palais des Sports|
|22 March 1975||Annecy||Salle d'Expositions|
|24 March 1975||Turin||Italy||PalaRuffini|
|26 March 1975||Offenburg||Germany||Ortenauhalle|
|27 March 1975||Nuremberg||Messezentrum|
|29 March 1975||Bern||Switzerland||Festhalle|
|30 March 1975||Saarbrücken||Germany||Saarlandhalle|
|1 April 1975||Ludwigshafen||Friedrich-Ebert-Halle|
|2 April 1975||Stuttgart||Killesberghalle|
|3 April 1975||Frankfurt||Jahrhunderthalle|
|4 April 1975||Munich||Rudi-Sedlmayer-Halle|
|5 April 1975||Eppelheim||Rhein-Neckar-Halle|
|6 April 1975||Düsseldorf||Philips Halle|
|7 April 1975||Dortmund||Westfalenhallen|
|8 April 1975||Hamburg||Congress Center Hamburg|
|10 April 1975||Groningen||Netherlands||Martinihal-Centrum|
|11 April 1975||Rotterdam||Sportpaleis|
|12 April 1975||Brussels||Belgium||Forest National|
|14 April 1975||London||England||Empire Pool|
|15 April 1975|
|16 April 1975||Southampton||Gaumont Theatre|
|18 April 1975||Liverpool||Liverpool Empire Theatre|
|19 April 1975|
|20 April 1975|
|22 April 1975||Edinburgh||Scotland||Usher Hall|
|23 April 1975|
|24 April 1975||Newcastle upon Tyne||England||Newcastle City Hall|
|25 April 1975|
|27 April 1975||Manchester||Palace Theatre|
|28 April 1975|
|29 April 1975||Bristol||Colston Hall|
|30 April 1975|
|1 May 1975||Birmingham||Birmingham Hippodrome|
|2 May 1975|
|8 May 1975||Antwerp||Belgium||Sportpaleis|
|9 May 1975||Bremen||Germany||Stadthalle Bremen|
|10 May 1975||Kiel||Ostseehalle|
|11 May 1975||Essen||Grugahalle|
|12 May 1975||Wiesbaden||Rhein am Main Halle|
|13 May 1975||Münster||Halle Münsterland|
|15 May 1975||Reims||France||Patinoire|
|16 May 1975|
|18 May 1975||San Sebastián||Spain||Velódromo de San Sebastián|
|20 May 1975||Paris||France||Palais des Sports|
|21 May 1975||Cambrai||Palais des Grottes|
|22 May 1975||Besançon||Palais des Sports de Besançon|
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