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June 17, 1980 – Genesis - The Spectrum

Date June 17, 1980
Band Genesis
Tour Duke Tour
Venue The Spectrum
City Philadelphia
Who saw this show with me? Tom Hartman

Notes My first concert: Genesis.

At this time in my life -- days out of 8th grade -- I was not a Genesis fan. But Tom Hartman was and he asked me to go with him. "Don't worry," he said, "my Mom will drive."

I don't remember much of the show except that our seats were not very good (3rd level, stage left) and there was a guy smoking something illegal near where we were sitting. I remember Tom saying, "I think its opium."

Looking at the setlist from that night and knowing what I know now about Genesis -- we saw a good show.  The band was still very young (Phil still had hair) and was just about to turn the corner into the main stream, radio friendly Genesis that (I'm embarrassed to say) I saw many times thereafter.  The 1980 Genesis was still "Art Rock" and music and happily the length of the song still mattered.

I can't remember how many concerts I saw in my life. But I'll always remember my first. Thanks Tom.

And thank you Mrs Hartman for the ride.

June 17, 1980 – Genesis - The Spectrum
June 17, 1980 – Genesis - The Spectrum

Setlist

  1. Deep In The Motherlode
  2. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight (Intro)
  3. Squonk
  4. One For The Vine
  5. Behind The Lines
  6. Duchess
  7. Turn It Again
  8. Duke’s Travels
  9. Duke's End
  10. The Lady Lies
  11. Ripples
  12. Misunderstanding
  13. In The Cage
  14. Slippermen
  15. Afterglow
  16. Follow You, Follow Me
  17. Dance On A Volcano / Drum Duet
  18. Los Endos

Paul Altobelli

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