The world’s most famous detective Sherlock Holmes was created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Holmes and his companion Dr John Watson have become iconic characters. The most recent fame came with the BBC series Sherlock, in which Holmes and Watson investigate in modern day London. The series was created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss (who also plays Sherlock’s brother Mycroft).
It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes and Martin Freeman as Dr John Watson. The show is a huge success all over the world.
So I’ve decided to show you around some of the London filming locations used in series one of the show. Let us dive into the city, of which Dr Watson writes in A Study in Scarlet: „that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.“
On 28 March 1996, Phil Collins‘ departure from Genesis was officially announced in a press release: „Genesis end twenty-year experiment, decide to replace Peter Gabriel as vocalist.“ It was the end of an era. Here’s the story of his (temporary) departure.
In 1975, Peter Gabriel left Genesis. After unsuccessfully auditioning for a new singer, drummer Phil Collins took over and sang on „A Trick Of The Tail“ (1976), the first album after Gabriel’s departure. But he did not want to sing on the following tour. This is the story of how he became Genesis frontman.
„Death and the City“ is a collection of twelve short stories by David Charnick. Each of them deals with the topic of death – well, more with the connection of death and life in London. Or rather: With the ever-existing presence of death and the dead in London.
On 14 January 1971, Steve Hackett played his first gig with Genesis at University College, London. It was not the best start for the guitarist. In this blog post we take a look at this day in Genesis history!
Genesis will be back onstage in November/December 2020. It will be the first time in 13 years that Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford perform together. Back in 2007 they had their long-time fellow musicians Chester Thompson (drums) and Daryl Stuermer (guitars, bass) with them. This line-up can also be heard on the band’s two live releases „The Way We Walk“ (1992/93). For this release a typical Genesis concert from that time was split in two. The first volume, „The Shorts“ contained the hits, the second volume „The Longs“ contained their longer, more epic songs. Live – The Way We Walk, Volume Two: The Longs was released in January 1993 . It was their last release with Phil Collins before he left the group and the band’s last no. 1 album in the UK.
In 2012, Steve Hackett once again relived his past with Genesis. He released the album Genesis Revisited II, on which he re-recorded (or should we say „covered“?) old songs from his time in the band. Every song featured another guest vocalist (among them Phil Collins‘ son Simon Collins or Steven Wilson). Since then, Steve has been touring the world with his Genesis classics. And he will continue to do so in 2020 and 2021. Every tour has another album as its focus. While many fans love this tribute, others think that Steve has gone too far and that his solo career suffers from his worshipping of old Genesis material.
In February 1981, Phil Collins‘ first solo album „Face Value“ was released. It went straight to number 1 in the UK charts and to number 7 in the US. His debut was his gateway into superstardom and with „In The Air Tonight“ it includes his signature track. So let’s take a closer look at the album that turned Phil Collins from Genesis front man into one of the biggest solo artists of the 1980’s.