The Legendary Band Genesis Officially Retires From Live Performing!
Sad news for fans of live music – especially when it’s classic music like this: the band Genesis announced that this week’s live shows in London will be their last…
Most fans know the band based not his lineup: the group’s drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford.
These three created massive hits like “Invisible Touch”, Follow You Follow Me”, “No Reply At All”, “Mama” and “Tonight tonight Tonight” among so many others…here they are, live from London’s O2 stadium…
These concerts were postponed due to the pandemic, and Collins, age 71 and increasingly frail with back and hip issues, has spoken before about his inability to perform live.
For these live shows, he sat center stage, and reports say he was in good humor, reportedly joking that he’ll now need to find a real job after the band’s demise.
The trio were joined on the tour by Collins’ son, Nic, who filled in for his father on drums!
His daughter, Actress Lily Collins was there to see it as was the band’s original lead singer Peter Gabriel!
Genesis, The O2, London, U.K., March 26, 2022 Setlist
Here is the set list for their last show. They begin with the instrumental “Behind the Lines / Duke’s End” from their brilliant album “Duke”, then dive right into the huge hit “Turn It On Again” from the same album.
Here is video of the opening songs – from the band’s performance in London just a few nights ago:
Here is the rest of the set list from that night – heavily weighted to the band’s more progressive songs:
Land of Confusion
Home By the Sea
Second Home By the Sea
The Cinema Show
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Follow You Follow Me
No Son of Mine
Firth of Fifth
I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
Throwing It All Away
Tonight Tonight Tonight
I Can’t Dance
Dancing With the Moonlight Knight
Genesis formed in 1967 and were a hugely popular progressive rock band in the 1970s with lead singer Peter Gabriel, selling more than 100 million records. Collins became the band’s drummer and backing vocalist in 1970 before becoming lead vocalist in 1975 when Gabriel left for a solo career.
This photo of them together was for an incredible documentary about the band called “The Sum Of Their Parts” – it’s a brutally candid look at the group dynamic, including why Gabriel left the band!
Click here for a look at this documentary:
Phil Collins also had an incredible run of solo hits, from “Against All Odds” to “Sussudio” and of course “In The Air Tonight!”
Click here for a look at how the album came together, with video clips as well!
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