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    Posted: October 17 2007 at 07:58
Dear friends and lovers of Genesis music,
 
Great year of changes for The Watch, the Genesis music outliners who tremendously delineates new Gabriel era albums with an incredible renewed inspiration.
 
Fact is that their recent album "Primitive" won't be played with the usual lineup known since 5 years with the slight personnel changes.
 
Those few who could witness their Scnadinavian gigs this very beginning of summer and the little appearence at the Jethro Tull / Fish daytime of the Loreley summer Night of the Progs could notice the new sound of the band.
 
The only remaining former member, singer and composer of the band Simone Rossetti (along with keyboarder Fabio Mancini) explains the reasons of this change with following thread on the official website of the band:
 
  Hi everybody, this is Simone Rossetti. The last six months have been a very hard and challenging period for us - both the band and staff. April saw the release of Primitive and we immediately experienced a very positive feedback from the fans and critics. We were a bit surprised to see Primitive competing well with known bands that released their album during the same period.

Back in January, before the release, some members of the band decided to quit and start their own projects. We all wish Roberto, Marco and Ettore good luck. We are still good friends, but from now on The Watch will have a different line up.

Simone Stucchi and I decided to look for artists who can push and give a step forward to our music especially during the live acts. We were involved in a big search to find musicians who could fit perfectly into our music. Well, I have to admit that we would have never imagined to be so lucky to find musicians that we've always dreamed about!!

I'm talking about Cristiano Roversi, on Chapman Grand Stick, 12 strings guitar and bass pedals. He doesn't need any introduction since he is in the prog/rock scene some years before The Watch. He has worked both live and in the studio, with many of the greatest prog musicians around the King Crimson and Genesis areas, such as John Wetton (live on some King Crimson theme shows and part of the John Wetton band), Antony Phillips (with whom some studio recordings are in progress) and John Hackett. I know him since a couple of years and I was thrilled when he told me he would be happy to join The Watch. After listening to his way of playing our songs I thought how much you all would have been delighted.

Then, after some careful auditions, we came to this incredible guy called Marco Fabbri on drums and percussions. He also has a great experience within the prog scene and he has always been a big supporter of The Watch music. While auditioning, I was really impressed by his energy and preciseness, along with his playing style. We heard songs like Shining bald Heads, Goddess or Berlin 1936 literally flying under his drumming. I was told (and I soon discovered that was absolutely true): "he's a great fellow and although he is conscious to be one of the best drummers in the prog scene, he's a very humble and easy going guy". Just in the right The Watch style.

To top it all, one of the biggest surprises of my life arrived. Mr. Giorgio Gabriel was introduced to me by a common friend who heard him for the first time playing some Genesis stuff as well as some jazz music. We met him at a concert while he was playing some typical Naples style music in a big band. I instantly thought: "oh my god, I'm seeing this Gabriel surnamed, Hackett styled, jazz man playing a virtuous tarantella in a big band ??". After this speach I was so curious about Mr. Gabriel that I immediately ask to meet him. When he played the solo of Shining for the first time, with all his passion, I sweated and I had to sit down: I understood I found a treasure. He plays electric guitar, 12 strings and acoustic.
But I shall stop now with this little intro of the new line-up: more than any word spoken, just come to The Watch shows and listen.  ..... I hope to see you all shortly! 
 
Another chance for the new line-up is beeing able to support TMB for not less than 6 EU gigs after a talk i had with Serge Morrissette the actual leader of the canadian Genesis cover band officialy supported by Genesis themselves.
Together with the old The Watch line-up, we had two marvelous nights at Paris' Olympia were we supported TMB for their wonderfull Foxtrot and the Selling shows.
So talks were going round we join them for some EU Black Selling Shows
Here a word about from Simone Rossetti recently reported on the portal
 
As you can see, The Watch are going to support some of The Musical Box concerts. After the success of Paris at Olympia last year, we have been invited to support the Canadian band again!
We are happy to play together with The Musical Box as we know that it's always a good occasion to meet other Genesis enthusiastics as ourselves. For us the best part is to be discovered by newbies to our music... a big challenge for us and a great show for all of you.
Here below a short message from Simone Rossetti:
"The Watch is one of the most controversial bands in the last years prog scene, and that's good because only strong things make people discussing. Being on stage with TMB is a big score on our side and something important towards all who have always supported us in those last three years. Thanks also to TMB to lead us back to the great music from the past and to support original prog music , to show to a wide audience that old style prog is not dead at all! "
 
So, here you'll find all links to the overcomming gigs of the Primitive tour.
You'll find the exact adress of the location, the concerned link.
Some of you who have gps can put the postal code and adress in order to find them quickly.
So far it is known I precise the entry hour, beginning of the gig, so far there is a support, and the ticket price if known.
All available tick pre sale will be linked as well.

To locate the venue you can use http://www.mappy.com/
To book a cheap hotel use http://www.hotel.de/ (it appears in your language)

Thursday 18 oct 07: SUPPORT TMB - BLACK SELLING SHOW

1 - Location: Theatre du Leman (Grand Casino) - quai du Mont-Blanc 19 - 1200 Genève SWITZERLAND
2 - Entry/: 20:00 - Ticketprice 65-95 CHF
3 - Ticket pre-sales: http://www.wiventertainment.de/

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Friday 19 oct 07: FULL SHOW: Pre-Progsol Event 2007

1 - Location: ROCKPALAST ST URS - Hauptstrasse 2 - 4562 Biberist -SWITZERLAND
http://www.rockpalast.ch/index.html
2 - Entry/: 19:00 - Ticketprice 20 CHF - Support: MORROW
3 - Ticket pre-sales: http://www.sturs.ch/site/tickets.php

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Saturday 27 oct 07: FULL SHOW: House of Progression

1 - Location: THE PEEL - 160 Cambridge Rd - Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3HH - UNITED KINGDOM
http://www.peelmuzik.com
http://www.myspace.com/houseofprogression
2 - Entry/: 19:30 - Ticketprice: £6 - Support: TIM BURNESS
3 - Ticket pre-sales: not available

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Saturday 03 nov 07: SUPPORT TMB - BLACK SELLING SHOW

1 - Location: Cirque Royal - Rue de l'enseignement, 81 - 1000 Bruxelles - BELGIUM
http://www.cirque-royal.org
http://www.spiritof66.be/agendouble.php?dateaffichage=1195945200
2 - Entry/: 20:00 - Ticketprice 37-53€ (depening on the ticket seller)
3 - Ticket pre-sales: http://www.rodrigue.fr/transact/venteenligne.asp?WCI=listeseances&IdStructure=2138&langue=fr&IDManif
or http://www.wiventertainment.de/wiv/shows/tmb/charts_int/1103bruxelles.html

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Saturday 04 nov 07: FULL SHOW: Spirit of 66

1 - Location: SPIRIT OF 66 - Place du Martyr 16 - 4800 Verviers - BELGIUM
http://www.spiritof66.be/agendouble.php?dateaffichage=1195945200

2 - Entry/: 19:00 - Ticketprice: 16€ - Support: PLACKBAND
3 - Ticket pre-sales: http://www.spiritof66.be/ticketsboo.html

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Monday 05 nov 07: Support TMB - FOXTROT SHOW
Tuesday 06 nov 07: Support TMB - BLACK SELLING SHOW

1 - Location: Teatro della Luna - Via G. di Vittorio 6 - 20090 Assago Italy - Rome - Italy
http://www.forumnet.it/teatro-della-luna.php
2 - Entry/: 20:00 - Ticketprice 40-50€
3 - Ticket pre-sales: http://www.wiventertainment.de/wiv/shows/tmb/pages_int/frames_charts.html


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Friday 09 nov 07: Support TMB - FOXTROT SHOW
Saturday 10 nov 07: Support TMB - BLACK SELLING SHOW

1 - Location: Gran Teatro - Viale di Tor di Quinto - Rome - Italy
http://www.granteatro.it/
2 - Entry/: 20:00 - Ticketprice 41-49€
3 - Ticket pre-sales: http://www.wiventertainment.de/wiv/shows/tmb/pages_int/frames_charts.html
and http://www.musicclub.it/musicclub/jsp/locali/default_one.jsp?id_locale=20825l

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Sunday 11 nov 07: FULL SHOW: Thunder Road

1 - Location: Thunder Road - Str. Torrazza Coste 1 - Codevilla (PV)
http://www.thunderroad.it/
2 - Entry/: not precised - Ticketprice: not precised - Support: not preciced
3 - Ticket pre-sales: not precised

Hope i'll see some of you in one of those venues
Greets
Paul H.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2007 at 19:31
Well, those are quite a change...
 
I will personally be there at the Cirque Royal in Brussels. I was very pleased when I heard that "The Watch" was going to open for TMB. I saw "The Watch" already at The "spirit Of 66" last year with a good opening act from "Ex-Vagus". Although there were not a lot of people attending, it was a very good show.
 
I had also planned to go back to Verviers but since I will see them a day before I will stick to the Brussels show (even if it will be a short one);
 
Nonetheless, I do recommend to go and see "The Watch". I really like the band (you can read my reviews about their albums to be convinced).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2007 at 07:31

@ ZowieZiggy

Hi Ziggy,
 
Yes, i've read your album reviews on Progarchives here, good appreciation and taste!
BtW, the TMB support is absolutely not the same as a full gig as at the Spirit the day later.
 
I mean, TW plays with smaller "spoons" durring a support, but if you show up at the Spirit, you'll discover the third mutation of Simone"s project in full blown performance.
And Primitive's songs have another colours with the current line-up - not to miss Cristiano Roversis' adds of atmospheres and soundcapes on his grand chapman stick brings a more personal touch in the band's sound it make it more "watchous" than "foxtrottous".....Wink
 
 
I saw you'll be in Duisburg at the Nursery Cryme event.
Maybe we could have a pint together there?
Greets
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Edited by doctordiper - October 29 2007 at 08:06
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2007 at 08:44
review and photos uploaded here
 
 
I haven't had time to really edit any of the photos and I didn't know many of the song titles (apart from the ones which Simone announced)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2007 at 09:35
Originally posted by chazzyf

review and photos uploaded here
 
 
I haven't had time to really edit any of the photos and I didn't know many of the song titles (apart from the ones which Simone announced)
 
Very nice one review and pics, Charles, if you agree, i post them on the Newsgroup, and fullfill your review with the exact setlist and members names if i dare.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2007 at 11:24
Very nice one review and pics, Charles, if you agree, i post them on the Newsgroup, and fullfill your review with the exact setlist and members names if i dare.
Thanks for your support of The Watch
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Cool! that would be great!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 30 2007 at 06:04
Hi Charles,
 
I posted your review here:
Next time, i'll put some of your takes in the photos section of the Newsgroup.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 02 2007 at 21:20
Hi Paul,
 
 
I just have read your reply (I haven't really have time these days to read a lot on the forum). I went to see Steve Howe + Fragile last Monday at the Spirit of 66 (I reviewed the gig under the Tribute bands section).
 
I'm really sorry to have discovered it too late. It would have been great to have a pint together. I will post my review of TMB in Duisburg before week-end's end but it was a great show. No costume of course but lots of emotion from the band. For the very first time they played "Happy The Man" (which was not the best moments of the concert IMO).
 
I found that "Stagnation" as well as "Twilight Alehouse" really great. And what about "Seven Stones" (an awesome track as Denis introduced) ?
 
To get "Supper's Ready" as the secong encore was also thrilling.
 
I'm going to see the black show for "Selling" tomorrow in Brussels. This will be my ninth "TMB" gig.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 03 2007 at 17:06
This is great, the watch are really a good band and this new line up only makes me want to see them even more, but they havent come toportugal or even spain for that matter. Just gotta wait. Even so their las album Primitive was really an incredible job.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 15 2007 at 05:39
Originally posted by LeInsomniac

This is great, the watch are really a good band and this new line up only makes me want to see them even more, but they havent come toportugal or even spain for that matter. Just gotta wait. Even so their las album Primitive was really an incredible job.
 
Not impossible that we will re join the Gouveia Art Rock festival again for one more edition Wink
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