Phish Covers Genesis Tonight in NYC at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

The members of Phish will take the stage tonight for the first time in 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City where they will open this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. As previously announced, Phish guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio will induct Genesis which will be followed by Phish performing a couple of Genesis classics.

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Tonight’s ceremony – including Phish’s performance – will be broadcast live on Fuse starting at 8:30PM EDT. The 2010 Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame inductees are ABBA, Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies, The Stooges, David Geffen, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry, Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman and Otis Blackwell. Other musicians due to perform include solo star and J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf, Pat Monahan, and Fefe Dobson.

UPDATE [9:15PM EDT]: Phish performed two Genesis songs which were broadcast on Fuse with Anastasio’s induction speech in the middle. They kicked off the festivities at the Waldorf this evening with a song that Genesis often used to open their concerts in the early ’70s – Watcher of the Skies.

Trey gave a heart-felt speech that explained what was so unique and ground-breaking about Genesis and focused on the group’s early days calling them “rebellious, restless and constantly striving for something more.” Anastasio went on to say that for Genesis “every musical rule and boundary was questioned and broken.”  He also made it personal stating “it’s impossible to overstate what impact this band and musical philosophy had on me as a young musician. I’m forever in their debt.”

Genesis members Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett accepted the honor with Rutherford explaining that Peter Gabriel had “a very legitimate and genuine excuse” for his absence as he’s rehearsing with an orchestra for an upcoming tour. Hackett, who left the band in 1977, expressed how good it felt to be back with his old mates and gave a plug for his upcoming tour. Collins was given the majority of the time and thanked all of the band’s managers and agents throughout the years and thanked Trey for the “convincing argument.”

Phish returned to the stage for a take on 1981’s No Reply at All from the Abacab album. For this tune, the band was augmented by a three-piece horn section. While the members of Phish, who were all dressed in suits, nailed both tunes they performed on this evening instrumentally, the vocals left something to be desired. Collins told reporters he was “moved” by Phish “playing two very difficult songs very well.”

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30 Responses

  1. seriously, what is the confirmation on this? Because there are some PT rumors going around?

  2. @How Is This Confirmed? has been updated to say “Phish will open the show with a few Genesis classics”

  3. To the doubter, it’s legit. I lost the link, but someone posted a picture of a fuse advert for the performance on twitter last night/this morning. If you don’t have fuse, rest assured the internerds will have that baby up before midnight. Phish, ftw!

  4. Obviously is you go see the disco turds your an idiot! just kidding but early genisis is what phish is all about songs like yem divided sky guyte all have the genisis feel!

  5. I do not like the biscuits, I’m liking the spur of the moment FUSE parties that are happening because the best band in the world is covering some Genesis. Why are they the best band in the world, because of Reba

  6. I thought Watcher vocals were fine… and much better when Page joined in on the harmony. No Reply was out of Trey’s range, unfortunately.

  7. “Watcher” was a great choice for Phish! Here’s another vote for the band to add it to the rotation.

  8. Lulz @ the guy pullin’ tubes (or smokin’ bowls), at home, while video taping No Reply peformed by Phish, at this event, for broadcasting on YouTube and Glide Magazine!

  9. Watched the show live Monday on Fuse…No Reply at All was an embarrassment. Absolutely horrible. They should never have performed that song, not only was Trey’s voice “unqualified” to sing that song, but the band sounded as if they’d not even reheased. Terrible

  10. As a die-hard Genesis fan, Watcher of the Skies was a 9 out of 10. However, No Reply At All was a misguided song choice that didn’t fit Phish and didn’t give Genesis justice. Phil’s voice is one of the most criticized but hardest to replicate.

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