Genesis Are Back!

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Genesis photo by Ross Marino/Getty Images
Photo: Ross Marino/Getty Images

They’re back! Or will be. Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford, the original Line-up of Genesis will reunite for the first time since 1975 for a BBC television feature-length documentary later this year.

Formed from the remnants of various Charterhouse school bands containing Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks and Anthony Phillips they were already writing complex pieces like ‘The Serpent’ when Mike Rutherford joined. The young guns made their debut on Decca with a conceptual, string-laden affair, From Genesis To Revelation, before they signed to the Charisma label. The line up, that is reuniting for the BBC documentary by this time included Phil Collins and they issued ever more ambitious albums, Trespass (1970), Nursery Cryme (1971) and Foxtrot (1972).

A live album and the well-received Selling England By The Pound, which contained the hit I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe), was followed by the amazing, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway that took the band into places it had never been before. This double album, an opera of sorts, pushed Gabriel to his limits as a performer and also convinced the band that they couldn’t hope to top that extravaganza and stay solvent. Taking stock Gabriel decided to leave in 1975, stunning band mates and fans, so this getting back together will be more eagerly anticipated than any other band reuniting than for many a long year.

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  1. Peter Johns

    June 16, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Looking forward to the programme. What I really want is a Banks + Hackett album! That would be great!

  2. Claudia

    June 16, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    I was waiting for this reunion since i was a child, so happy for this!

  3. Stephen Brauning

    June 16, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    So what are they trying to do with this reunion? Some people seem to think that a Genesis reunion will be able to recapture that unique, visionary approach that they had in the eary 70s. But I am sure that is not what they are trying to do. There’s an old saying, “You can never go back.”

  4. Lubomir

    June 16, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I am even in doubt if they are capable of playing their old material.

  5. Scott

    June 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    No mention of Hackett here, yet he’s in it, and has done the most to keep the flame burning in recent years.

    • uDiscover

      June 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Scott, he certainly is mentioned.

  6. josh

    June 18, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Oh my gog, this I’ve been waiting for this for 39 years

  7. Mark Wheeler

    June 18, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Interesting news, but someone needs to do their homework. This is not the original line-up, but rather the “classic”and it isn’t the first time they’ve re-united since 1975; they performed live – as Six of The Best (there were seven for the encore) – in 1982. Hopefully, the documentary will be more accurate!

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