Photos by G.
Since it doesn’t look like Genesis will ever reform, I decided to see the singers of one of my favorite bands one at a time, starting in May with Peter Gabriel. On June 24, 2010, I finished up my “singers of Genesis collection” by seeing Phil Collins at Roseland Ballroom. Aside from not wanting to reform the band, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel have another thing in common – their latest albums are cover songs. Peter Gabriel’s “Scratch My Back” was released earlier this year and in September 2010, Phil Collins will release “Going Back,” a collection of Motown and Soul covers.
Phil Collins played the second of three intimate gigs at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on June 24, 2010 and the shows are being recorded for a DVD release later this year. Aside from playing his version of The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love,” absent from the set were Collins’ solo or Genesis material. Instead, Phil Collins and his band (which included The Funk Brothers) focused on playing Motown songs and soul covers and the crowd loved it! The Funk Brothers played on a lot of the original versions of Motown songs that have become part of the venacular and the brothers sounded just as good in 2010 as they did 50 years ago! You might also know the Funk Brothers from the great documentary about their lives, “Standing in the Shadows of Motown.”
Phil Collins hit the stage around 8:30 pm and played for a solid hour and a half. He looked and sounded great as he played about 20 songs that everyone in the audience knew every word to, so that was a lot of fun. Highlights for me were “Jimmy Mack,” “Take Me In Your Arms (And Rock Me A Little While)” “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” and of course, “You Can’t Hurry Love.” Since there are not many tour dates and he rarely tours, many Phil Collins fans flew in from all over the world to see these intimate shows. Aside from some drunken girls from Jersey that were dying to hear “Stu-Stu-Studio” (I kid you not!), everyone went home with a smile.
I took a video of “You Can’t Hurry Love” as well as “Papa Was A Rolling Stone,” and I’ll be posting those in the near future, so stay tuned. Below is the list of songs I remember hearing, in no particular order and the original singers are in brackets next to the titles.
The songs played included:
Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) [The Temptations]
Going Back[Gerry Goffin/Carole King by Dusty Springfield]
Uptight (Everything’s Alright)[Stevie Wonder]
Blame It On The Sun[Stevie Wonder]
Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer[Stevie Wonder]
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave[Martha And The Vandellas]
In My Lonely Room[Martha And The Vandellas]
Jimmy Mack[Martha And The Vandellas]
Standing In The Shadows Of Love[The Four Tops]
Something About You[The Four Tops]
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever[The Four Tops]
Papa Was A Rolling Stone[The Temptations]
Some Of Your Loving[Dusty Springfield]
Talking About My Baby[Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions]
Do I Love You? [The Ronettes]
Going To A Go-Go[Smokey Robinson & The Miracles]
Love Is Here[The Supremes]
Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)[Kim Weston]
You Can’t Hurry Love [The Supremes]
Tears of A Clown [Smokey Robinson]
Nowhere To Run [Martha and the Vandellas]
You Really Got A Hold On Me [Smokey Robinson]
My Girl [The Temptations]