December 26, 2003
Allen Sides Remastered Titles From The Phil Collins Back Catalog In 5.1 Surround

Reliable sources report that Allen Sides, an accomplished Engineer and Producer, has remixed several of the Phil Collins back catalog titles in 5.1. Sides, who resides in California, has worked with Phil Collins in the past on both the Testify album and also on The Songs West Side Story tribute project. Sides participated in the 5th annual Surround Sound Conference and Showcase in Beverly Hills, California, where he led a Master Class on his experiences with Phil Collins and surround sound technology on December 11th. Sides work on the 5.1 reissues has been further verified by Mix Magazine, who acknowledged Allen Sides involvement with Collins' back catalog remixes in surround earlier in the year. 

Phil Collins reportedly mentioned in an interview for Dutch radio that But Seriously, No Jacket Required and Face Value would be the first titles to be released in this format (of course, that may be subject to change). One can only assume that Genesis long-time Engineer/Producer Nick Davis was not involved with the remixing process due to the demands of remixing the Genesis catalog in 5.1. More on this will follow in the new year.

December 26, 2003
Genesis' The Lamb is Mixed in 5.1 and Trick of The Tail Is Next

According to a post by Genesis producer/remaster guru Nick Davis, the 5.1 surround sound mix of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was completed in December and work will begin in the new year on the 5.1 mix of Trick of The Tail. The order to which the Genesis catalog is being remixed has changed several times, so stay tuned for updates!

December 26, 2003
Phil Collins Makes Guest Appearances on Three New Projects

If you just can't get enough Phil Collins, there are three (relatively) new projects you can pick up. The first is the latest release from the Silvano Bazan Trio, I Wish I Knew. This jazz group enlisted the help of Phil Collins on "Teach Me Tonight" in which Phil sings lead vocals.

You can also get more Phil material on the new Robert Plant set, Sixty Six To Timbuktu. The 2-CD set includes a disc of Plant's "hits" and a disc of rarities.  Among the rarities are " Road To The Sun" and "Philadelphia Baby" from an unreleased Rockfield studio session in 1983 and, of course, he played drums on "Big Log" on the hits disc (although uncredited). Lastly, you can get even more PC on the new Shankar album, One In A Million

December 26, 2003
Phil Collins To Appear on Whoopi Goldberg TV Show This Week

On Tuesday, December 30th, Phil Collins will make a brief appearance as himself on the TV show Whoopi on the NBC Network at 8:30 p.m. (EST) in North America. Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards will also make a cameo appearance on the situation comedy which stars comedian Whoopi Goldberg. 

December 26, 2003
Update on Tony Banks' Classical Project

The forthcoming Tony Banks classical album is reportedly to be released on the Naxos label. Nick Davis, who worked with Banks in the studio, had this to say about the project on the official Genesis site, "I listen to it a lot, as I think it is fantastic. It is a genuine classical album not a 'pseudo rock classical' piece. It reminds me at times of bits of Vaughan Williams and Mussorgsky. There are seven movements on the album. It has been mixed in 5.1 though we are not releasing it like this initially." More on this album will follow soon!

December 26, 2003
"Genesis Tonight" To Premier In January

According to a Planetarium in Munich, Germany, the much talked about Genesis laser show, "Genesis Tonight," will premier on January 29, 2004. The site boasts a "bombastic audio-visual all around experience!" and will include Genesis tunes like "Land of Confusion", "Calling All Stations", "Follow You Follow Me", "I Can't Dance", and "Jesus He Knows Me", and "Invisible Touch" among others. 

December 26, 2003
Phil Collins Announced Dates For European Leg of "First Final Farewell Tour"

According to the official Phil Collins site, below are the officially confirmed dates for the European leg of Phil Collins 2004 summer tour. More dates are anticipated shortly. Stay tuned!

'First Final Farewell Tour'

Tour dates so far announced:

Date Venue Tickets
Thursday 3rd June Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna Tickets here
Saturday 5th June Letzigrund Stadiumin Zurich Tickets here
Sunday 6th June Munich Olympic Stadium Tickets here
Monday 7th June Frankfurt Festhalle SOLD OUT
Wednesday, 9th June Stockholm Globe Tickets here
Friday 11th June Berlin Waldbuhne SOLD OUT
Saturday 12th June Koln Rhein Energy Stadium SOLD OUT
Sunday 13th June Hannover Hannover Arena SOLD OUT
Tuesday 15th June Paris Bercy Tickets here
Wednesday 16th June Paris Bercy Tickets here
Saturday 19th June Amsterdam Arena SOLD OUT
Sunday 20th June TW Classic Festival, Belgium Tickets Here
Monday 21st June Leipzig Leipzig Stadium SOLD OUT
Wednesday 23rd June Stuttgart Schleyerhalle SOLD OUT
Thursday 24th June Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon Tickets here
Friday 25th June Amphitheatre Zenith, Nancy Tickets here
Sunday 27th June London Wembley Arena SOLD OUT
Monday 28th June Manchester MEN Arena SOLD OUT
Wednesday 30th June Arenes De Nimes, Nimes Suspended
Thursday 1st July Barcelona Palau St Jordi Tickets here


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