Genesis Adds Date to 2021 North American Reunion Tour

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Genesis rehearsal studio photograph (l. to r.): Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins

Genesis — Phil Collins, Michael Rutherford, and Tony Banks — have added another North American date to their The Last Domino reunion tour, due to “phenomenal demand.” A pre-sale for the original 14 concerts was held on May 5, and fans quickly snapped up the tickets that were allotted. On June 17, the band added a concert in Raleigh, North Carolina. Tickets for the new date go on sale on Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m. ET. In May, second “and final” dates were added in Chicago, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Toronto. (Remaining seats for any of the previously announced shows are available now here.) The 21 shows will be the first time in 14 years that the band has visited North America, when they reunited for 2007’s Turn It On Again tour. See the listing below.

Watch the tour announcement video

Genesis The Last Domino? 2021 North American Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Nov 15 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Nov 16 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Nov 18 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Nov 19 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena*
Nov 20 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Nov 22 – Montreal, Canada – Centre Bell
Nov 23 – Montreal, Canada – Centre Bell
Nov 25 – Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena
Nov 26 – Toronto, Canada – Scotiabank Arena
Nov 27 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Nov 29 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Nov 30 – Cleveland, OH – Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
Dec 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Dec 03 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Dec 05 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Dec 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Dec 08 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Dec 10 – Belmont Park, NY – USB Arena
Dec 13 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Dec 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Dec 16 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

*Added on June 17

Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford (Photo: Patrick Balls Martin Griffin; used with permission)

On Jan. 22, 2021, they rescheduled their U.K. reunion tour a second time, due to the global pandemic. The dates, originally planned for November and December 2020 in the U.K. and Ireland have been pushed back to September and October 2021. (Last July 24, the band moved the tour to April 2021. The magnitude of the pandemic proved those dates to be too premature.) See the revised schedule and new rehearsal teaser below.

From the Jan. 22 statement: “The decision to move the tour again is due to the global pandemic, and even with the roll out of the vaccine, there are still a huge amount of uncertainties and unanswered questions that make a tour in April difficult for everyone. It is appreciated, that for whatever reason, those planning on attending the shows may not feel comfortable doing so, so by moving the tour we can alleviate some of those concerns and in turn that will allow the band and the crew to prepare with less unpredictability and create a show that both the band and fans alike will treasure and enjoy.

“Existing tickets for the rescheduled dates will remain valid, and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent.” See the U.K. dates below.

In an April 17 appearance on the Rockonteurs podcast, Rutherford expressed doubt that the U.K. dates would take place in the autumn. “I can’t see it at the moment,” he said.

On the other hand, the bass guitarist hinted that the band might instead play the U.S. “America might be in November… east coast. America feels confident; they want to do it,” he said.

Watch the rehearsal teaser of “Behind the Lines,” released on Jan. 22

In the earlier joint statement on Jan. 22, Collins, Banks and Rutherford said: “Well let’s just forget about that last year and focus on 2021 shall we! We can’t wait to finally get this show on the road, but we feel the decision to move the tour is the best one for those planning on attending and for us as a band and crew. We hope now we can all relax a little more and focus on the music and having a good night.”

Many tours have been delayed to 2022 or canceled altogether.

On April 1, 2021, Live Nation U.K. released a brief clip for the tour.

The band appeared live on BBC Radio 2 on March 4, 2020, to announce “The Last Domino?” tour, with the first 10 dates (now 19) in Ireland and the U.K. Tickets are on sale here and here. (Tickets previously purchased remain valid for the new dates.)

The day before, the station teased their “exclusive reveal” that “a massive band is reuniting.” That same day, the group posted a photo of the trio on their Instagram account with just the phrase, “And then there were three…”

Genesis fans will certainly recognize that that was the name of the band’s 1978 album, their first as a threesome. Collins, Rutherford and Banks last toured together in 2007.

Genesis rehearsal studio photograph (l. to r.): Mike Rutherford , Phil Collins, Tony Banks

There was no indication whether the tour would be extended to other countries.

The trio was seen at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Jan. 22, 2020, when they attended a Knicks game though, oddly, Collins was not seated with the other two. At that time, speculation was rife that the group would reunite.

The group’s original frontman, Peter Gabriel, who left the band in 1975 for a successful solo career, is not involved. (He’s appeared with the group on stage several times since his departure.)

Watch Genesis perform a favorite during their 2007 reunion tour

Genesis concerts are known for having incredible light shows. Best Classic Bands asked Banks about that. “Great lighting effects can carry the music along and present more of a show,” he said. “If you got it right, you heightened the emotion of the music. I’m not the most visual person onstage,” he added with a laugh.

Due to severe issues with his back, Collins, who turned 70 on January 30, is no longer able to drum. He has also dealt with hip issues in recent years and now sits throughout most of his solo tour performances. They’ll be joined on this tour by Collins’ son, Nic, who has filled in for his father behind the kit during his recent solo tours. (The younger Collins turned 20 on April 21.) Longtime Genesis touring band member, Daryl Stuermer, returns on guitar and bass.

Related: Collins and Rutherford actually performed together in 2019

In 2018, Best Classic Bands asked Banks about an inevitable reunion. His reply: “Well, Phil is obviously not able to drum. But I never say we’ll never play together again.” Banks turned 71 on March 27.

Genesis The Last Domino? 2021 U.K. Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Sep 15 – Dublin – Dublin Arena
Sep 16 – Dublin – Dublin Arena
Sep 18 – Belfast – SSE Arena
Sep 20 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Sep 21 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Sep 22 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Sep 24 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Sep 25 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Sep 27 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Sep 28 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Sep 30 – Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Oct 01 – Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Oct 03 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Oct 04 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Oct 07 – Glasgow – SSE Arena
Oct 08 – Glasgow – SSE Arena
Oct 11 – London – The O2
Oct 12 – London – The O2
Oct 13 – London – The O2

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During the band’s commercial heyday in the ’80s, Genesis had five straight studio albums reach #1 in the U.K. Though they continually earned multiple Platinum sales in the U.S., a #1 album in America eluded them. 1986’s Invisible Touch was their top seller. The album yielded five Top 5 singles in the U.S., including the title track which became their solo U.S. #1 hit.

Even while the band was active, Collins, Rutherford and Banks each had many solo endeavors. Collins continues to sell out stadiums and arenas on his own, and has sold a reported 150 million records (albums and singles) worldwide. Between 1984-1989, he earned an astounding seven #1 solo singles in the U.S., for such songs as “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” and “Another Day in Paradise.”

As the leader of Mike + the Mechanics, Rutherford has carved out a second career with such favorites as “The Living Years” and “All I Need is a Miracle.” Rutherford turned 69 on October 2. Banks’ solo releases have concentrated on orchestral pieces.

Watch more from the 2007 reunion tour, and see how adored they are by their fans

Related: Our inside story of when the band first signed with Atlantic Records

“The Last Domino” is a track that appeared on Invisible Touch.

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  1. Rob
    #1 Rob 5 March, 2020, 12:55

    Is Steve Hackett part of this reunion?

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  2. Lyrrad77
    #2 Lyrrad77 18 April, 2020, 07:29

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  3. Elaine
    #3 Elaine 25 July, 2020, 19:02

    Will they come to the US?

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  4. hondaxr650r
    #4 hondaxr650r 23 January, 2021, 15:25

    I sure wish Hackett and Peter were in. I’m not sure Phil can pull this off. Not that I would be able to get a ticket, but I’m afraid if I go, Phil is going to make me sad.

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  5. Special k.
    #5 Special k. 24 January, 2021, 23:55

    WE NEED YOU BACK A.S.A.P. !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Billy K.
    #6 Billy K. 30 April, 2021, 01:26

    No dates anywhere in the West??

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  7. HeyLegg
    #7 HeyLegg 7 May, 2021, 00:06

    Phil Collins can no longer play. This is not a good idea for fans.

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  8. Sue
    #8 Sue 7 May, 2021, 17:51

    Why are they not playing the west? I’m in California, and I’ve never missed a tour.

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  9. Nan
    #9 Nan 8 May, 2021, 00:28

    Please come to Atlanta, GA

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  10. Kim n Co
    #10 Kim n Co 11 May, 2021, 13:38

    What about us fans in the West?? Los Angeles?? Las Vegas??
    We really must be included. Surely they will or this is criminal!

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