This tourpack is an absolute born collector's item. It contains an information sheet, a floppy record, revolver, dice game, poster, and sticker. Each item, if used properly, like making the revolver, playing the game, sticking the sticker, becomes worthless. Therefore, this is extremely hard to find complete.

This is the floppy disc and one of only a few items that actually relates to the band. Note that this disc looks different than the other Twilight Alehouse disc found in Flexipop magazine. The label here is thinner and appears much darker.

A Bizarre Airplane/Bird Sticker

This is the poster. What the hell this is a picture of I have no idea. This is a black and white scan but the print looks brown.

Peter Gabriel remembering the past: "We went to this agent's office when we were trying to get off the ground, and he sat us down very seriously and said: 'I suggest you give up'. I've been angry about that ever since" "My father is a farmer and some of my relatives, when they heard I was in a group enquired: 'When's Peter going to get a proper job'?  "The only trouble with our music is that just as we seem to be solvent we come up with more ideas for the stage show, and all the money disappears again".

If like me, you like Genesis, then you will know these remarks are fairly typical. It's not been an easy progress. Even the way the group work courts disaster. For example, their latest album took four months to record and then there was all the time spent writing it in committee, because that's the way the group choose to work.

"You'll always see on all our records the word Genesis after composer because that's the truth. We all work it out together. We hold what I suppose are like auditions when we start something new and go in there and play it to the others, and then maybe it will be turned down or maybe it won't, either way everyone else will work on it. We thought that it was best to just put the group's names on everything because so many times before groups have got into ego and business problems over who wrote what. The only drawback is that it's a very slow business, by the time we've all had our say."

A little of their history. Peter, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks were at school together.

At school (Charterhouse) Peter played in a group that appeared at school dances called The Garden Wall. When they left, they formed Genesis, there were changes in the line-up, they even got involved for a time with another old Charterhouse boy Jonathan King before joining Charisma and producing the sort of music we really associate with them, the line upchanged several times until they settled down with Phil Collins and Steve Hackett.

Gradually their performances have become more and more a theatrical as well as musical experience. Few who saw their last British tour will forget the moment when the whole stage was draped in white or Peter appearedwith his flower head-dress. Then there was the incredible opening to theirperformance at the Reading Festival this summer when Peter was hoistedhigh up on a hydraulic lift encased in a box which merely revealed his head. Yet these moments are not just for effect, they are an integral part of the group's act as they encourage a feeling of fantasy. Peter himself longs for the day when they could make enough money to tour their own inflatable hall: "I've always been fascinated by this combination of funfair and art gallery. We are trying to achieve an experience of fantasy, and sometimes in some halls this is a bit harder than it would be if you controlled the whole environment".

It is these two sides of life, fantasy and reality which fascinate Gabriel, which the group fully developed in Supper's Ready. Now comes a new album and a new live performance. It is interesting to note two contrasting ways in which songs on the album came about. For some time Peter had been telling me about this cutting he'd seen in a newspaper about gangsters fighting it out in Epping Forest, it was just the situation that appealed to him, the contrast of the peaceful forest life and the sudden intrusion by human gangsters slugging it out: "I knew I'd have to write a song involving it, but by then I'd lost the cutting and I couldn't find it at all, I combed through back copies of the local papers and the nationals but no luck, so I've tad to make a bit of it up".

Then came that delicate cover painting for the new album cover by the artist Betty Swanwick. As Peter says: "When we first talked to the artist she mentioned the word lawnmower and that stuck in our minds too, and as the cover evolved we knew we'd have to write a song around it which is just what we did."

The new act makes quite a lot of use of slides, which caused Peter to admit that at one time a year or so back the group had had this idea of appearing behind a cinema screen with film being shown on it every now and again, but it did not come to fruition. In fact, even grander things were planned all summer but in the end fire regulations stopped them, so what you see tonight is a slightly modified stage setting.

Genesis have now made two quick visits to America, but after the British tour they take on America in earnest with a six-week tour, which should prove interesting.

As Peter says: "I quite like a lot of children's party games. After a game of blind man's buff there are much better feelings. After you have laughed at someone and then laughed at yourself, everything is much more relaxed, you lose your inhibitions. It's this spirit of playfulness that we'd like to conjure up"


This is the Dice Game. You are supposed to cut the dice out and tape it together in order to play.

This is the 'Genesis Revolver'. For some reason I though this would be a paper gun. What you're supposed to do (in order to ruin your collectable) is cut out the object and tape it together. It turns into a wheel kind of device that rolls, or as they say, revolves.