Despite an awkward musical opening, the recent stadium visit from veteran rocker band Genesis was a triumph on virtually every level.
Audio, video, staging and performance intensity all meshed in a show that reinforced the superstar status of the band.
“Land of Confusion” was an odd choice for opening the 2 1/4 hour concert, as it was stiffly played, but that can probably be attributed to the band “feeling out” the huge venue.
The much-anticipated oldies medley came early in the show and didn’t disappoint.
The awesome”Dance on the Volcano,””Illegal Alien,””The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” and others were sampled in the 20-minute portion that Phil Collins called “a bunch of slightly damp oldies.”
Newer songs also fared well. The televangelist-attacking “Jesus He Knows Me,” with an extended concert ending and the muscle-flexing “Fading Lights” were winners from the current “We Can’t Dance” album.
The latter in particular, with only the core of Collins, Banks and Rutherford on stage, was a powerful song that harked back to the band’s early progressive days.
Onto three huge, mobile video screens were projected changing shots of the band, pre-recorded videos and scenes of L.A. taken from an airborne blimp, while banks of lights moved along overhead wiring, all giving the concert a majestic air.
Genesis showed an inspirational rebound with the release of “We Can’t Dance,” a huge improvement over recent albums.
That resurgence was evident during this entire show, especially in the performance and looseness of the band members, who appeared to enjoy the spectacle of it all as much as those in attendance.