Genesis formed way back in 1967, and went on to become among the top bands of the progressive rock genre.
But a transformation into the 1980s would see Phil Collins take over lead vocals and the trio – also consisting with Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks – go on to become darlings of the pop charts for many years with a slew of hit songs like Turn It On, Invisible Touch and No Reply At All.
After two break ups and a reunion tour, the English trio has been back out on the road under the banner: The Last Domino? tour, which pulled in to the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday.
Reunion tour: Led by singer Phil Collins, Genesis brought its The Last Domino? tour to Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday
For this latest reunion the three main members are joined by Collins’ 20-year-old son Nic Collins on drums, as well as Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass.
With the crowd buzzing with anticipation, the band opened up their set with the song Behind The Lines and then Duke’s End, both from their hit album, Duke (1980).
The setlist would be full of Genesis staples, especially from their hitmaking phase, including, the Mama, Follow You Follow Me, Invisible Touch, Throwing It All Away and I Can’t Dance, among others.
Along with Collins on vocals and piano, the core trio also consists of bassist-guitarist Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks on keyboards
Hitmakers: With the crowd buzzing with anticipation, the band opened up their set with the song Behind The Lines and then Duke’s End, both from their hit album, Duke (1980)
Collins, 70, used to be behind the drum kit during early incarnations of the band, but like more recent years he was relegated to being out front as the singer.
The tour, which was originally slated to begin in late 2020, has had to be postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, eventually kicking off on September 20, 2021 with a show in at the Utilita Arena in Birmingham, England.
After playing concerts around parts of Europe, the tour would come to a halt on October 8, with just four dates left, when one band member tested positive for COVID-19.
Those shows have since been rescheduled for March 2022.
Family affair: Collins’ 20-year-old son Nic Collins is on drums for the reunion tour
End of the line: Before the tour, Collins announced this would be the last Genesis tour
A North American leg kicked off on November 15 with a show at the United Center in Chicago. The trek is scheduled to go into into mid-December, with a new show added for the 16th in Boston.
Ahead of the tour, Collins set the record straight and let it be known that this is the last tour for Genesis.
‘This English and American tour, that will be enough for me,’ he confessed during an interview with Mojo.
Along with his drummer son Nic, Collins has five children, including 32-year-old actress Lily Collins, who’s best known for her roles in such films as The Blind Side (2009), Priest (2011), Abduction (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012), Rules Don’t Apply (2016), To The Bone (2017), Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2018) and Mank (2020).
History: Genesis formed way back in 1967, and went on to become among the top bands of the progressive rock genre with Peter Gabriel on lead vocals; baured (left to right) Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Gabriel in 1973
Brining the hits: The band went from prog rockers to hitmakers in more of the pop vein in the 1980s with Collins now serving as the frontman and singer; he is with Rutherford and Banks