Definitive Live Versions of Genesis’s Avant Garde Piece The Waiting Room

He panics, feels around for a stone and hurls it at the brightest point.
The sound of breaking glass echoes around the cave.
As his vision is restored he catches sight of two golden gloves
about one foot in diameter hovering away down the tunnel.
When they disappear a resounding crack sears across the roof, and it collapses all around him.
Our hero is trapped once again.

“This is it” he thinks, failing to move any of the fallen rocks


This song was never played the same at any venue. Later on in the tour the jam started to get longer. The one constant in every version is Phil blowing that whistle to signal a change in the beat.

Tony Banks: “The best jam we had in the rehearsal room ended up being called “The Waiting Room”, which we called “The Evil Jam”. We switched off all the lights and just made noises. And the first time it really was frightening.”

1. Shrine auditorium, LA, USA. 24th January 1975

The best quality recording of The Waiting Room that exists.

2. Dortmund. 7th April 1975

10 minute long version of The Waiting Room

3. The Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England. 15th April 1975

4. Empire Theatre Liverpool, England. 19th April 1975

5. Hippodrome, Birmingham, England. 2nd May 1975

Features a tiny snippet of Dancing With the Moonlit Knight at 1.09min.

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The Waiting Room The 50min Live Trip

3.Los Angeles
4.Wembley Pool
6 Phoenix