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This week in Tampa concert history: Genesis quits onstage

We meant to post this yesterday, but never got around to it. So we're a day late on the official anniversary. But after we posted an item about bands who owe Tampa fans a makeup concert, a reader reminded us of this show, and we thought it deserved a mention.

On May 17, 1992, Genesis was scheduled to perform in front of 41,000 fans for a blockbuster concert at Tampa Stadium, part of their first tour in five years. The band took the stage about 40 minutes late, then Phil Collins and company launched into Land of Confusion and You're No Son Of Mine.

And that was it. Citing a cold and sore throat, Collins quit. From the wayback machine:

"Somebody else should be out here telling this to you," Collins began. "I really haven't got a voice. I have a bad cold and I've been getting treatment all day. For medical reasons, I'm going to have to stop.

"I have no choice here. I have nothing to give with my voice and I hope you understand."

Fans were nonplussed, to say the least. Several reported that he had performed the night before in Miami for three-plus hours, and sounded just fine. "I think Phil should have wussed out earlier," one fan said. "He's got a cold? Boo-hoo. He should have said yesterday: "Sorry, we can't do this.'"

In stark contrast to the famous Led Zeppelin riots of 1977, there were no serious problems with unruly fans, although police did make about a half-dozen arrests. Genesis fans are a rowdy lot, you know!

Unlike certain other artists, Collins made his amends in 1994, when he performed a solo makeup concert at the ThunderDome (now the Trop) in St. Pete. Collins sang hits like Another Day In Paradise, Easy Lover, Groovy Kind of Love and Don't Lose My Number. But his star had clearly faded a bit, as the crowd was down to a mere 13,000-plus.

Fool us once, Phil Collins, shame on you...

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:19pm]


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