Genesis Says Reuniting with Peter Gabriel Would Be “Weird”

Genesis members Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Tony Banks in 2008. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (772357ct)

Legendary British band Genesis delivered some cheerful news to their fans earlier this year, announcing they will reunite for a tour in late 2020. However, the reunion won’t be complete as founder Peter Gabriel and early-era guitarist Steve Hackett won’t be part of the shows.

Instead, Genesis’ reunion comes in the shape of a commercially successful lineup, which consists of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, and Daryl Stuermer. And the band feels really good about this decision.

“I think a reunion with Steve and Pete would be uphill,” said Collins in a recent interview with Mojo. “Playing with Mike and Tony is the easy option.”

Rutherford acknowledged that die-hard fans would like to see the original lineup on stage together, but also thinks that the majority of the audience actually loves their later stuff: “Peter left so long ago. I really don’t know what we could do with him now.”

Finally, Banks believes that the reunion with Gabriel would be “weird.”

“As much as I love those early albums, it would be weird to just do songs from that period,” he said.

Gabriel served as Genesis’ vocalist since its formation in 1967 until 1975, when he left the band to pursue a solo career. His last performance with other members of the group came during a one-off show in 1982. Hackett, on the other hand, played with the band from 1971 to 1977.

Genesis will embark on their The Last Domino? tour in November, and are scheduled to play seventeen dates in the United Kingdom and Ireland. They are expected to tour the United States at some point as well.