Genesis Moves Reunion Tour to 2021, Adds Dates

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

Genesis — Phil Collins, Michael Rutherford, and Tony Banks — have rescheduled their 2020 reunion tour to 2021. The dates, originally scheduled for November and December 2020 in the U.K. and Ireland have been moved to April 2021. Two additional concerts have been added to the schedule. The new shows – a third in London and and a second in Birmingham – are on sale now. Curiously, the July 24 announcement made no specific mention of the reason, though it’s clearly due to the ongoing pandemic.

The initial concerts had sold out in six minutes. (Genesis’ tour was one of the last major tours of 2020 to be postponed. Ozzy Osbourne has still not postponed his U.K. tour which is scheduled to begin in October.)

The band appeared live on BBC Radio 2 on March 4 to announce “The Last Domino?” tour, with the first 10 dates (now 19) in Ireland and the U.K. The run now begins April 1 and continues through Apr. 30. Tickets are on sale here and here. (Tickets previously purchased remain valid for the new dates.)

On March 3, 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.

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

The trio were seen at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Jan. 22 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 69 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. 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 70 on March 27.

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

Apr 01 – Glasgow – SSE Arena
Apr 02 – Glasgow – SSE Arena
Apr 05 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Apr 06 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Apr 07 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena*
Apr 09 – Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Apr 10 – Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Apr 12 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Apr 13 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Apr 15 – Dublin – Dublin Arena
Apr 16 – Dublin – Dublin Arena
Apr 18 – Belfast – SSE Arena
Apr 21 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Apr 22 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Apr 24 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Apr 25 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Apr 27 – London – The O2
Apr 29 – London – The O2
Apr 30 – London – The O2

*Date added on July 24

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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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