Genesis with Peter Gabriel – Live (Concert 1972)

“Supper’s Ready” is a song by the band Genesis. A recorded version appeared on their 1972 album Foxtrot, and the band performed the song regularly on stage for several years following this. Live versions appear on the albums Seconds Out (recorded in 1977), the compilation Genesis Archive 1967-75, and the box set Genesis Live 1973–2007. […]

“Supper’s Ready” is a song by the band Genesis. A recorded version appeared on their 1972 album Foxtrot, and the band performed the song regularly on stage for several years following this. Live versions appear on the albums Seconds Out (recorded in 1977), the compilation Genesis Archive 1967-75, and the box set Genesis Live 1973–2007.

In an interview, Peter Gabriel summed up “Supper’s Ready” as “a personal journey which ends up walking through scenes from Revelation in the Bible….I’ll leave it at that.”

Live introduction

Live performances of “Supper’s Ready” were preceded by Peter Gabriel telling a story. This is the story told at the Rainbow Theatre on 20 October 1973 (as released on the Genesis Archive 1967–75 set):

“Old [Michael] went past the pet shop, which was never open, into the park, which was never closed, and the park was full of a very smooth, clean, green grass. So he took off all his clothes and began rubbing his flesh into the wet, clean, green grass. He accompanied himself with a little tune – it went like this.” [Gabriel briefly performs scat singing over Collins’s drum accompaniment.]

“Beneath the ground, the dirty brown writhing things called ‘worms’ interpreted the pitter-patter from above as rainfall. Rainfall in worm-world means two things: mating and bath time. Both of these experiences were thoroughly enjoyable to the worm colony. Within seconds, the entire surface of the park was a mass of dirty, brown, soggy, writhing forms.

“He was still pleased, old Michael, and he began whistling a tune this time to accompany himself.” [Gabriel then briefly whistles the beginning of the hymn Jerusalem.] ” ‘Jerusalem Boogie’ to us, perhaps. But to the birds it meant that supper was ready.”
On the 1976 tour for A Trick of the Tail, Mike Rutherford told a story to introduce the song.

On the 1977 tour for Wind & Wuthering, Phil Collins would tell Peter Gabriel’s “Romeo and Juliet” story from “The Cinema Show” to introduce the song. In these stories, Juliet wore a “I Love Gary Gilmore” T-shirt and instead of saying “time for ‘The Cinema Show'”, Juliet said “I want to go because I’m hungry and ‘Supper’s Ready'”.

During the 1982 tour, Collins told a story before the song. Often this story would tie in to the song itself, but on some occasions he told a Romeo and Juliet story instead.

During the 1982 Genesis reunion show, Gabriel told a story about a woman on a subway train (which he had told during the Foxtrot tour, and which had appeared on the Genesis Live album cover), slightly altered to segue into “Supper’s Ready”.
After 1982, only fragments of this song were played live by Genesis. During the first leg of the Invisible Touch tour in 1986, the band played the last two parts (“Apocalypse in 9/8”, “As sure as eggs is eggs”). During the We Can’t Dance tour in 1992, Collins suggested they play “Supper’s Ready” in its entirety, but was voted down by Rutherford and Banks. Finally, on the Calling All Stations tour in 1998, Genesis performed an acoustic medley containing the first section.

Personnel

Peter Gabriel – vocals, flute, bass drum, tambourine and oboe (original studio recording and 1972–74 and October, 1982 performances)
Steve Hackett – electric guitar, 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars and guitar effects (on studio recording and 1972-1977 live performances)
Mike Rutherford – bass, 12 string acoustic and electric guitars, bass pedals, cello, backing vocals, 6-string electric guitar (1982 performances)
Tony Banks – piano, Hohner pianet, Hammond organ, mellotron, treated piano, 12 string acoustic guitar, backing vocals, RMI Electric Piano (performances from 1973-77), ARP Pro-Soloist synthesizer (1973-1977 performances), Yamaha CP-70 Electric Grand Piano (1982 performances), Sequential Circuits Prophet-10 Synthesizers (1982 performances), ARP Quadra Synthesizer (1982 performances)
Phil Collins – drums, backing vocals, triangle, tubular bells, percussion, lead vocals on Seconds Out live version and most live performances from 1976 onward

Concert performances

Chester Thompson – drums on Seconds Out version and performances from 1977–82
Daryl Stuermer – lead electric guitar, 12-string acoustic guitar on 1982 performances
Bill Bruford – drums on performances from 1976

In 1982, Tony Banks used the Yamaha CP70 Electric Grand Piano to replace the RMI Electric Piano he used in the 1970s, plus an ARP Quadra to replace the ARP Pro-Soloist, and lastly Sequential Circuits Prophet 10 synthesizers which were used to replace his Hammond Organ and Mellotron. He also played 12-string acoustic guitar on section 1. Also, Mike Rutherford played two different six string Fender Stratocaster electric guitars and bass pedals for most of track except for the first two sections which he used an Ovation 12-string acoustic guitar and then an Alembic bass guitar for “Willow Farm”. Daryl Stuermer played a Martin 12-string acoustic for first section then switched over to his Suntec Stratocaster electric guitar at beginning of “Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man” for rest of song. Chester Thompson played drums and Phil Collins did lead vocals and then drums on “Apocalypse in 9/8”.



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