The story of "Tail" begins on November 25, 1974 at the latest at the Hotel Swingos in Cleveland, Ohio. "Peter came into my hotel room and said, 'Listen, I can't do this anymore. At the end of the tour I will leave the band', recalls Genesis' former manager Tony Smith. The group had just started the second part of their extensive US tour in Chicago a few days earlier. It had long been established in Great Britain and on the European mainland. In the States, however, it was still waiting for the breakthrough. She had only done six shows so far.