Genesis Reunion Tour Rescheduled Again; Watch Rehearsal Clip

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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 rescheduled their reunion tour a second time, due to the global pandemic. The dates, originally scheduled for November and December 2020 in the U.K. and Ireland have been now moved 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.”

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

In a joint statement, 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.”

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. 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.

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 turns 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. 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 turns 71 on March 27.

Genesis The Last Domino? 2021 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

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

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

    LAS VEGAS NEVADA WANTS YOU !!!
    WE NEED YOU BACK A.S.A.P. !!!!!!!!!!!!

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