There’s exciting news in the world of music today as Genesis has announced they will be joining the ranks of the many formerly defunct bands that have decided to launch reunion tours. The band will be playing 10 dates in the U.K and Ireland in November and December of 2020. It will be their first tour since 2007 and their first time playing since Phil Collins unofficially retired due to incapacitating nerve damage. It will also be the first time they play with Phil’s son, Nic Collins on drums.
In addition to Nic Collins, the musicians on tour will include Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Daryl Stuermer.
The tour announcement is a big deal for Genesis fans everywhere, but it also leaves a lot of unanswered questions. For instance, if Nic is on drums, what will Phil be doing?
Ever since Phil became a more prominent front man, he has played with a drummer behind him but there has always been a second drum set on stage so Phil can join in. Whether or not there will be a second drum set on stage this time is unknown.
Fans may also be wondering whether the tour will be coming to America. That is another question that we don’t have an answer to as of yet, but it is speculated that the band will hit the states eventually.
It will also be hard for fans not to notice that neither Steve Hacket nor Peter Gabriel are included in the lineup. Back in 2005, there was talk of Gabriel joining them for a reunion, but he got cold feet due to other commitments. His schedule is a bit clearer these days. Whether or not that will lead to a reunion is anyone’s guess.
Hacket is not so prominent of a member as he was only in the band from 1971-1977. However, these years marked a good deal of their progressive rock era. Ironically, he still makes a living by playing songs from his years with the band and will even be touring England with that material at the same time Genesis is on the road, sometimes missing the band by just a few days.
Despite these coincidences, it really doesn’t make sense for him to be touring with the band if Gabriel’s not included as the songs Gabriel wrote encompass most of the material Hacket is needed for.
The announcement of the tour also leads fans to speculate on what will happen with Genesis in the future. Will this be a final tour? Will they be releasing more material?
Calling the tour, ‘The Last Domino’ alludes that is a follow up to the Genesis’ two-part epic ‘Domino’ and with the addition of the word ‘last’ it would seem as if things are coming to an end for the band. However, with an open interpretation, it does give them room to continue if they decide to do so.
When it comes to hopes of new music, things look bleak on that front. Collins hasn’t recorded any new music since 2002 and he doesn’t seem to have much of an interest in trying.
There are still a lot of questions waiting to be answered and our best advice for now is…catch them if you can.