Ray Wilson looks back at Whirlwind Run Fronting Genesis

Ray Wilson opened up about the ups and downs of his short tenure Genesisand said the experience was “like being taken to the top of Mount Everest and thrown off.”

Wilson joined the veteran prog-pop band in 1996, becoming their third lead singer – after Phil CollinsWHO resigned in March of the same yearand Peter GabrielWHO left in 1975. Wilson – who caught the group’s attention as a member of Scottish post-grunge act Stiltskin – took part in the final Genesis album, 1997’s Calls all stationsand their subsequent European tour.

However, a planned US run was canceled due to financial concerns and the band eventually disbanded – only to reunite with Collins and not Wilson for a 2007 tour and last trip in 2021-22.

The singer described this whirlwind run with Rolling stonesagreed with interviewer Andy Greene’s view that in replacing two iconic singers he faced “double pressure.”

“It’s really something,” Wilson said. “I was a big fan of Peter Gabriel, probably more than Genesis and Phil to be honest. I loved Peter Gabriel’s music so it was really nice to do it. I mean even when I auditioned I had Peter Gabriel singing backing vocals in my ear from the original recordings. I could also hear Phil singing along with me, doing backing vocals and stuff. It was a very, very surreal experience.”

Explores the mixed critical and commercial response to Calls all stationsnoted Wilson that the record had “some really nice moments” but also included some material that sounds “a little too much like [bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford’s other band] Mike and the mechanicsand maybe thus too poppy.” He added: “I kind of feel like maybe we were in the middle of where we wanted to be and where we thought we were going to be.”

Wilson lamented the fact that the touring series did not record a follow-up album, noting his displeasure with how the band ultimately fell apart.

“‘It would have been nice to call me and say, ‘Hey Ray, how are you? We’ve decided not to continue,'” he explained. “It would have taken five minutes. That was the only thing that kind of disturbed me a little bit. It was just that Mike and [manager] Tony Smith made it. I didn’t think that was very nice. But [keyboardist] Tony Banks was the opposite. He was a true gentleman.”

The singer also entertained a “fan fiction” question from Greene, who floated the idea of ​​a touring lineup with Wilson, Genesis touring guitarist Daryl Stuermer, former touring drummer Chester Thompson and even Banks, Rutherford and (possibly) former guitarist Steve Hackett.

“There’s no reason why not,” he said. “From my point of view, there’s certainly no problem. And as you say, Phil’s now retired. He’s had a great career. Nobody can argue with that. And there’s some great songs that he’s created, that the guys have created, that people like to listen to. If I sing the songs that suit my voice, like ‘Carpet Crawlers,’ I’m fine with that.”

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