People go on about Collins vs. Gabriel but Genesis was really Tony
Banks's band. His keyboard playing was the heart of the Genesis
sound. Like Paul, I too liked both eras, and followed the band from
the '70s to the '90s. Yes I prefer the old stuff (Foxtrox, Selling
England by the Pound) as well as the early Collins vocal era (Trick of
the Tail, Wind & Wuthering).
It would have become boring had they just kept churning out the same
album. The band lasted as long as it did because of the evolution.
Whether you hate the We Can't Dance stadium-rock era, you have to
admit and applaud their musical creativity and longevity. Amongst the
pop-chart numbers there were still inventive Genesis tracks in the
Re. the `pish', being an older fan I didn't appreciate only having a
medley of old songs when they played at Wembley, just throwing it all
away. If you're an old-style Genesis fan you should try to catch
Steve Hackett live in a small venue. It's thrilling being just a few
feet from the maestro and see how he makes those distinctive sounds.
His band even plays Firth of Fifth with the full piano introduction,
as do an excellent tribute band G2, whom I've seen a few times. While
many in the audience have grey hair, if they've any hair, it's great
to observe teenagers present (and comment on YouTube) 'discovering'
the '70s prog music and appreciating it.
Of late I've been listening to quite a bit of neo-prog (including Phil
Collins's son Simon who is a chip off the old block), and Steve Hackett's
Genesis Revisited II.
Peter Gabriel may have sold out to pop (So was my first CD--"It's a
Knockout" and there was the inventive Sledgehammer video), but PG has
promoted a lot of world music, bringing the diversity of its sounds
into various genres including pop and ambient. His music has covered
a broad spectrum. On stage he's still entertaining doing quirky things
like riding a bike.