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    Bill Bruford with Genesis

    Bill played drums with Phil on the Trick Of The Tail tour of 1976. From the few live documents I've heard, this was a unique but brief setup, but that tight Bruford snare and his unpredictable method was something special. That Genesis In Concert film, just before Phil Collins does that tambourine dance in sync with the rhythm on 'I Know What I Like', Bruford and the band snap together in total synchronization. One of the most musically 'on' moments of either Genesis or Bruford's entire career. Just that moment alone was pure magic. You actually saw Tony Banks smile on stage.

    A shame that an archive whole concert from that tour hasn't been released on CD, just to check out Bruford's contribution to the drums - whether backing the band when Phil was up singing or playing drums alongside him on the more instrumental bits. He was never going to stay there full time, but he helped get Genesis onto the next rung of their ladder on the way up. He probably found them too 'composed' or rigid but was happy to do it just to stay on the scene after King Crimson folded and while he was in active with appearances with other artists, including his ex-Yes bandmates' solo albums during that same era. Anybody catch that tour way back in that day and age? Anything you remember about Bruford with them?

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    Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
    Just that moment alone was pure magic. You actually saw Tony Banks smile on stage.
    That really was an achievement !
    Interesting combination to be sure - I Like Bill's playing on Cinema Show a lot.

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      #3
      Bill seems to have always been the consummate professional. He did what he had to do without too much mucking about. I think that is probably one of the things that drove him out of Yes. Too much mucking about at certain times by certain members.

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        Originally posted by Soundwaveseeker View Post
        Bill played drums with Phil on the Trick Of The Tail tour of 1976. From the few live documents I've heard, this was a unique but brief setup, but that tight Bruford snare and his unpredictable method was something special. That Genesis In Concert film, just before Phil Collins does that tambourine dance in sync with the rhythm on 'I Know What I Like', Bruford and the band snap together in total synchronization. One of the most musically 'on' moments of either Genesis or Bruford's entire career. Just that moment alone was pure magic. You actually saw Tony Banks smile on stage.

        A shame that an archive whole concert from that tour hasn't been released on CD, just to check out Bruford's contribution to the drums - whether backing the band when Phil was up singing or playing drums alongside him on the more instrumental bits. He was never going to stay there full time, but he helped get Genesis onto the next rung of their ladder on the way up. He probably found them too 'composed' or rigid but was happy to do it just to stay on the scene after King Crimson folded and while he was in active with appearances with other artists, including his ex-Yes bandmates' solo albums during that same era. Anybody catch that tour way back in that day and age? Anything you remember about Bruford with them?
        Yes, that was my first Genesis concert when I still loved them and Trick of the Tale. This was at the Tower Theater outside of Philadelphia. It was the first time I saw Bill live, too. When Phil was introducing the band and got to Bill, the audience went nuts. Phil said he wouldn't have announced him if he knew he would get such a loud ovation kiddingly. But this was Philly, and we loved Yes because DJ Ed Sciaky taught us to love Yes. Many were likely seeing Bill for the first time like me. It was a memorable concert and though it was just a stop gap for Bill, had they stayed together it might have been amazing and they might have stayed more progressive and less poppy.

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          #5
          Nice clip I found, posted by Bill himself (YES Bill has his own YouTube channel now !! ) :


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