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Few bands have had such dramatically different chapters to their story as Genesis. In their first incarnation (initially dubbed The New Anon) they were a floridly progressive folk band, before embracing King Crimson-esque prog rock under the guidance of frontman Peter Gabriel. Once Gabriel departed, the band shifted tack again, becoming one of the biggest pop rock bands of the '80s with Phil Collins at the helm.

The genesis of Genesis was the merging of two rival groups in 1965: The Garden Wall and The Anon, resulting in Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Anthony Phillips forming The New Anon. Their first recordings got the attention of songwriter and producer Jonathan King, who came up with the name Genesis.

It was under the new moniker that the band recorded their psychedelia-meets-prog debut From Genesis To Revelation, an album that has since been all but expunged from the group’s discography. It would be five years before the band released their second album, Trespass, which earned a lot more attention than their largely ignored debut.

In the wake of Trespass, Genesis’ line-up went through two considerable changes. One was the addition of a certain Phil Collins as drummer, the other the departure of Anthony Phillips to be replaced by Steve Hackett. Shortly afterwards, the band went into the studio to record their third album Nursery Cryme. The resulting album proved to be a turning point for Genesis, signalling their evolution into one of the most exciting prog bands of the era. 

With their following album, 1972’s epic Foxtrot, Genesis added muscle and cohesion to the melodramatic ambition of Nursery Cryme, the result being their first album to chart in the UK. Gabriel had also evolved into a thoroughly and unpredictably engaging and theatrical frontman.

Instead of leaning into the rock might of Foxtrot, the band chose to pull back somewhat on Selling England By The Pound and reintroduced elements of the eccentric folk of their early albums. The album was their most successful to date, reaching number three in the UK albums chart. It was followed by the climax of their increasing ambition and Peter Gabriel’s ever-more oblique lyrics, the sprawling concept album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, a critically revered double disc that managed to be both their most immediate and most esoteric album to date.

Growing creative differences led to Peter Gabriel leaving Genesis shortly afterwards and the band eventually deciding on drummer Phil Collins as his replacement. The ensuing two albums A Trick Of The Tail and Wind & Wuthering saw the band’s fanbase continue to grow.

Steve Hackett left the band soon afterwards, leaving Genesis officially as a trio, as confirmed by the title of their ninth studio album …And Then There Were Three. The band’s impending future as pop rock chart toppers was strongly hinted at by the single Follow You Follow Me and that more immediate pop sheen carried on through the band’s next two albums Duke and Abacab.

Prior to Abacab, Phil Collins released his solo debut Face Value, containing the hit In The Air Tonight, soon to be beloved by air drummers the world over. His second solo album, Hello I Must Be Going, arrived the following year and contained another sizeable hit in his cover of The Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love.

By calling their 12th album Genesis, the trio left no doubt that a rebirth was in process. Arty flourishes remained but they were mostly window dressing on a resolutely pop album. Chart success followed (Mama remains the highest charting Genesis song in the UK) but even that paled in comparison to the success of the band’s 13th studio album. Buffeted by Phil Collins’ solo albums, Invisible Touch became the defining album of Genesis’ second coming, landing hits in the shape of Invisible Touch, Land Of Confusion (and its accompanying Spitting Image video) and Throwing It All Away.

By the time We Can’t Dance arrived in 1991, Collins had released his hugely successful solo album No Jacket Required and Mike Rutherford had two albums under his belt with Mike + The Mechanics. If Invisible Touch turned them into stadium stars, We Can’t Dance confirmed it via hits such as I Can’t Dance and No Son Of Mine.

After the tour to support the album, Collins left the band and was replaced by former Stiltskin frontman Ray Wilson. The band released one album with Wilson as frontman, 1997’s Calling All Stations, but poor album and ticket sales for the following tour led to the band going on extended hiatus. In 2007, they reunited for a world tour.

In 2019, Collins, Rutherford and Banks appeared as surprise guests on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show to announce that the band had reunited for a 2020 tour of the UK and Ireland, entitled The Last Domino? Phil Collins’ son Nic was also revealed as his father’s stand-in on drums for the tour.

In July 2020, the band announced that it was moving its reunion tour from 2020 to April 2021. They also announced a further two shows in Birmingham and London.

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Yes! Genesis announced in 2019 that they were reuniting for a UK and Ireland tour with the classic line-up of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.

Genesis have announced shows in the following cities

• Glasgow

• Birmingham

• Newcastle

• Manchester

• Leeds

• London

No, Genesis' The Last Domino? tour has been moved from 2020 to April 2021.

Phil Collins is currently the lead singer in Genesis. The band's original lead singer was Peter Gabriel but he was replaced by Collins, who was also the band's drummer. When Collins left the band in the '90s, he was briefly replaced by Ray Wilson of Scottish alt rock band Stiltskin.