Watch earliest known footage of Genesis with Phil Collins as lead singer

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Very rare footage of one of Phil Collins' first ever shows as lead singer for Genesis has recently surfaced, and you can now watch it below.

The show took place at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens venue on March 31, 1976, and served as only Phil Collins' fifth show as frontman of the band. Collins' first ever gig as frontman had been in London, Ontario a few days earlier, before performing in Kitchener on March 25, 1976.

This revealing 17-minutes of footage was shot on Super 8 reels by photographer Jim Kelly, capturing the Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford line-up, bolstered by former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford. The fascinating. video has since has been converted to 4K by the Genesis website The Genesis Museum, who also restored the band's 1973 Bataclan footage.

The setlist for the footage shows the prog rock titans playing the following tracks:

Dance On A Volcano
Carpet Crawlers
The Cinema Show
Robbery Assault  And Battery
Supper's Ready
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Los Endos
Watcher Of The Skies

The full setlist for the gig itself can be seen below the video. Genesis most recently played at London's O2 Arena on March 26, 2022, with Phil Collins announcing during the set that it would be the band's "last show."

Genesis setlist Maple Leaf Gardens March 31, 1976

  1. Dance on a Volcano
  2. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  3. Fly on a Windshield
  4. Broadway Melody of 1974
  5. The Carpet Crawlers
  6. The Cinema Show
  7. Robbery, Assault and Battery
  8. White Mountain
  9. Firth of Fifth
  10. Entangled
  11. Squonk
  12. Supper's Ready
  13. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
  14. Los Endos
  15. It
  16. Watcher of the Skies
Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.