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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

WHY GENESIS 'REUNION' LEFT ME OUT - PHILLIPS

Genesis co-founder Anthony Phillips says he has mixed feelings about being left out of the band's recent "reunion" news.
Phillips, who formed Genesis at Charterhouse school alongside Gabriel, Rutherford and Banks, has taken part in the show – but doesn't appear as a definitive band member. He tells the Telegraph: "I suppose it becomes a bit complicated to mention the different line-ups, so I think they just go for where the band was most static.
"Calling them the original lineup is just convenient parlance, isn’t it? I’ve kind of got used to it. Occasionally one feels a little bit of a sort of footnote in history, almost airbrushed out. At other times I almost feel embarrassed about the interest shown to a time where, to be honest, some of the music was a bit rough.
“But if you’re talking about the original line-up, it was the four guys at Charterhouse."
Phillips, who continues to work as a musician, left Genesis in 1970 after recording their second album Trespass. He'd suffering panic attacks, of which he recalls: "I was looking at my guitar and thinking, 'How am I doing this?’ It was actually very frightening. I just hoped it would go away but it didn’t. It got worse and worse.”
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