“Phil received the kit in July 1982 and the tour kicked off on 1 August in Peoria, Illinois,” Graham explains. “Then in late September the band started secret rehearsals with Peter Gabriel for a one-off reunion show at the Milton Keynes Bowl.
“Phil had been double drumming with Chester Thompson and it was seven years since he’d last played drums for an entire Genesis show.”
Straight after this Phil began his first ever solo tour, “which fans often refer to as the ‘In The Air Tonight’ tour,” Graham reveals. “He’d already recorded Face Value and Hello, I Must Be Going! before getting his Pearl kit, but he later described the Pearl as the best live ‘In The Air Tonight’ kit.
“In 1983 he performed with Peter Gabriel and Eric Clapton and recorded Genesis plus The Principle Of Moments with Robert Plant using the Pearl before swapping to Gretsch for Plant’s August American tour.”