Genesis, flagship pop-rock group of the 80s, announces a final lap for this fall, with a tour of the big arenas in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
British Genesis fans had a surprise Wednesday, March 4 at breakfast time: Phil Collins’ group announced their stage reformation for a tour planned for the end of the year on Zoe’s “The Breakfast Show” Ball on BBC 2. This is the Genesis without Peter Gabriel, who left in 1975, but with its permanent members Phil Collins (now only on vocals), Mike Rutherford (guitar) and Tony Banks (keyboards).
“It’s great, it’s the right time, we can’t wait to be there“, welcomed guitarist Mike Rutherford, stressing that they are”always good friends“. The Last Domino Tour, a tour of ten concerts in large arenas in the United Kingdom and Ireland, is scheduled for November and December 2020. It will be the group’s first tour in 13 years, seen for the last time on stage in 2007 on the occasion of the celebrations of their 40 years of career. No date is planned for the moment in France or elsewhere in the world.
It’s official.@genesis_band are back together and heading out on tour later this year!
– BBC Radio 2 (@ BBCRadio2) March 4, 2020
Phil Collins, 69, who has suffered from serious spinal problems for several years, is no longer able to play drums on tour. He will be replaced on stage by his son Nicholas (or Nick), 18, who held the chopsticks during his father’s last solo concerts for the past two years.
“He plays like me and he has the same attitude“, justified Phil Collins,”I am one of his influences“Of course, the group stressed how much the investment of son Collins had counted in the decision to carry out this tour.
Regarding the setlist, Phil Collins said that “there are songs that we feel compelled to play because the audience would feel betrayed if we didn’t play them“, but the setlist will also include other songs”not played for a long time.“
Formed in 1967 in Surrey, Genesis was originally a progressive rock band. He was successful in the 70s with albums like Foxtrot or The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. After singer and lead lyricist Peter Gabriel left in 1975, drummer Phil Collins also became singer, and the band began a more pop turn with resounding commercial and global success that began with the album. A Trick of the Tail (1976), a success that continued until the 80s and 90s. Since the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett in 1977, the group has become the trio Collins, Banks and Rutherford.
Genesis, which has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. His latest album, Calling All Stations, dates back to 1997 (and Phil Collins did not participate).
For amateurs, tour tickets will be on sale Friday March 6 from 9 a.m.
Here are the dates of the Genesis tour
November 16 – Dublin 3 arena
November 19 – Belfast SSE arena
November 23 – Liverpool M&S Bank arena
November 26 – Leeds First Direct arena
November 29 – London O2 arena
November 30 – London O2 arena
December 2 – Manchester arena
December 5 – Birmingham arena
December 8 – Glasgow SSE Hydro arena
December 11 – Newcastle Utilita arena