Genesis are back together again and will be going on tour at the end of this year, for the first time in 13 years. In 2007, the band went on its last tour, Turn it on Again, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of their formation and culminated in a free concert in Rome in front of around half a million people, which came out on DVD under the title, When in Rome.
Genesis will consist of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford (who made the announcement on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show), as well as Collins’s 18-year old son Nicholas, who will actually take over the drums because of his father’s nerve damage suffered during the last tour, limiting his playing. Nicholas has already filled in for his father on two of his solo shows.
“He can sound like Phil and it gave us a whole idea of how we could do it, because we knew Phil couldn’t be the drummer on the road again,” Banks said.
The tour, which will go by the name of The Last Domino?, kicks off on November 16 in Dublin, after which it will grace Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, and the London’s O2 Arena twice.
What served as the first domino to set The Last Domino? in motion? Perhaps Collins, but as with most of the best things in life, apparently it all “happened very naturally.”
“I think it’s a natural moment,” Rutherford says on BBC Radio 2. “It’s happened very naturally. Phil’s been out on tour the last two-and-a-half years doing his stuff and it sort of seemed … the natural moment to have a conversation about it. We’re all good friends, we’re all above grass and here we are.”