Genesis Continues ‘Film Festival’ Prior to 2020 Reunion Tour

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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 — are continuing the Genesis Film Festival, a celebration of classic live performances that are running on their official YouTube channel. The five concerts range from 1981 to their previous reunion tour in 2007. See the schedule below.

The band appeared live on BBC Radio 2 on March 4 to announce “The Last Domino?” 2020 reunion tour, with the first 10 dates (now 17) in Ireland and the U.K. The run begins Nov. 16 and continues through Dec. 12. (A March 6 announcement, adding several dates, noted that the initial concerts had sold out in six minutes.) Tickets are on sale here and here.

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.

Mike Rutherford during 1981’s Three Sides Live tour

On April 17, Genesis announced the Genesis Film Festival, with a new concert film available to watch on the band’s official YouTube channel. Each debuts at 3 p.m. and is available for one week.

Apr 18 – Three Sides Live (1981)
Apr 25 – The Mama Tour (1984)
May 02 – Live at Wembley Stadium (1987)
May 09 – The Way We Walk (1992)
May 16 – When in Rome (2007)

Watch Genesis, live at Circus Maximus in Rome in 2007

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.

Phil Collins with Genesis in London, 1992

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 will turn 70 on March 27.

Genesis The Last Domino? 2020 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

Nov 16 – Dublin – Dublin Arena
Nov 17 – Dublin – Dublin Arena
Nov 19 – Belfast – SSE Arena
Nov 23 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Nov 24 – Liverpool – M&S Bank Arena
Nov 26 – Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Nov 27 – Newcastle – Utilita Arena
Nov 29 – London – The O2
Nov 30 – London – The O2
Dec 02 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Dec 03 – Leeds – First Direct Arena
Dec 05 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Dec 06 – Birmingham – Birmingham Arena
Dec 08 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Dec 09 – Manchester – Manchester Arena
Dec 11 – Glasgow – SSE Arena
Dec 12 – Glasgow – SSE Arena

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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 18 April, 2020, 07:29

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