Selling England by the Pound Tour

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Selling England by the Pound Tour
Concert by Genesis
File:SEBTP Tour Image.jpg
Associated albumSelling England by the Pound
Start date19 September 1973
End date6 May 1974
No. of shows112 (115 scheduled)
Genesis concert chronology

The Selling England by the Pound Tour was a European (mainly United Kingdom) and North American concert tour by English rock band Genesis. The tour began in September 1973 and ended in May 1974 in New York City, United States. Every song on the setlist except for "The Knife" and "The Musical Box") would not be played live again with Peter Gabriel as frontman (excluding the 1982 reunion).


Initially they were to perform with a new and more elaborate stage set than before, that included inflatable objects that had images projected onto them, but a change in fire regulations following the Summerland disaster in August 1973 led to the idea being scrapped.[1] Gabriel devised new stories before songs, and wore a full costume with a helmet and shield representing the Britannia character for "Dancing With the Moonlit Knight" and sung "The Battle of Epping Forest" with a stocking over his head.[2]

The tour began with a sold-out tour of the UK,[3] but had to cancel the first date at the Green's Playhouse, Glasgow due to electrical safety issues minutes before its start.[4][2] The group realised they were substantially in debt and needed better management, so recruited Tony Smith (no relation to Charisma boss Tony Stratton-Smith).[4] In October 1973 a pair of dates in the tour were filmed by Charisma for a possible cinema release, but the plan was rejected by the band who felt the film was not up to standard.[5] Instead, the band performed a five-song set in front of an invited audience at Shepperton Studios that was filmed and broadcast as Tony Stratton-Smith Presents Genesis in Concert.[6] The group returned to the U.S. in December 1973 that included six shows in three nights at The Roxy in Los Angeles,[7] and a performance of "Watcher of the Skies" and "The Musical Box" on the late night television show The Midnight Special.[2] January 1974 saw the band perform five nights at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane which saw Gabriel lifted in the air by a wire during "Supper's Ready".[8]



  • Peter Gabriel – vocals, flute, percussion
  • Tony Banks – Hohner Pianet, RMI Electra Piano, Hammond Organ, Mellotron, ARP Pro Soloist synthesizer, 12-string guitar, backing vocals
  • Steve Hackett – electric guitar
  • Michael Rutherford – bass, bass pedals, 12-string guitar, electric sitar
  • Phil Collins – drums, percussion, backing vocals; lead vocals on "More Fool Me"

Usual Setlist

  1. "Watcher of the Skies"
  2. "Dancing with the Moonlit Knight"
  3. "The Cinema Show"
  4. "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)"
  5. "Firth of Fifth"
  6. "The Musical Box"
  7. "More Fool Me" or "Horizons"
  8. "Supper's Ready"

Other songs that were performed during this tour:

  • "The Battle of Epping Forest"
  • "The Knife"
  • "The Return of the Giant Hogweed" (played on 23, 25 September 1973, 12 October 1973)
  • "Harold the Barrel" (played on 19, 20, 30, 31 January 1974, 4 February 1974)
  • "Can-Utility and the Coastliners" (played on 18 October 1973)
  • "Get 'Em Out by Friday" (played on 12 October 1973)
  • "Twilight Alehouse" (played on 19 October 1973)

Tour dates


Date City Country Venue
European Leg 1
19 September 1973 Paris United States Olympia Theatre
22 September 1973 Hamburg Germany Musikhalle
23 September 1973 Osnabruck Stadttheater Osnabruck
25 September 1973
26 September 1973 ??? Kurhaus
27 September 1973 Darmstadt Staatstheater Darmstadt
29 September 1973 Lausanne Switzerland Palais de Beaulieu
30 September 1973 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
5 October 1973 Glasglow Scotland Apollo Theatre
6 October 1973 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Opera House
7 October 1973 Oxford New Theatre Oxford
9 October 1973 Glasglow Scotland Apollo Theatre
11 October 1973 Southampton United Kingdom Gaumont Theatre
12 October 1973 Bournemouth Bournemouth Winter Gardens
15 October 1973 Brighton Brighton Dome
16 October 1973 Bristol Colston Hall
18 October 1973 Leicester DeMontfort Hall
19 October 1973 London Rainbow Theatre
20 October 1973
23 October 1973 Liverpool Liverpool Empire Theatre
25 October 1973 Sheffield Sheffield City Hall
26 October 1973 Newcastle upon Tyne Newcastle City Hall
28 October 1973 Birmingham Birmingham Hippodome
North American Leg 1
7 November 1973

2 shows

Quebec City Canada Capitole Theatre
8 November 1973 Toronto Massey Hall
9 November 1973 Kingston Queen's University
10 November 1973 Montreal University of Quebec Sports Arena
11 November 1973 Buffalo United States of America State University Auditorium
13 November 1973 Lawrence Kosh Auditorium
15 November 1973 Upper Darby Tower Theater
17 November 1973 Medford Tufts University
18 November 1973 Paramus Bergen Community College



  1. Welch, Chris (6 October 1973). "Genesis: Chapter and verse". Melody Maker. p. 13. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Platts 2001, p. 71.
  3. Bowler & Dray 1992, p. 82.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Bowler & Dray 1992, p. 83.
  5. Bowler & Dray 1992, p. 84.
  6. Hewitt 2001, p. 39.
  7. Bowler & Dray 1992, p. 85.
  8. Hewitt 2001, p. 40.