Four years after back injuries caused him to stop playing the drums, and three years since the release of his last solo album, Phil Collins says he's considering returning to the stage, possibly even as part of a Genesis reunion. The legendary rock band hasn't performed together since 2007.
The second album from Genesis' now-legendary five-man lineup didn't exactly arrive with much fanfare. Before 'Foxtrot,' the group had never had a Top 20 album, and its most recent effort, 'Nursery Cryme,' had been as intriguing as it was inconsistent. 'Foxtrot,' however, finally found a way to balance the whimsy of the group's earliest music, its quickly developing flair for longform narratives and a newly discovered rock brawn -- setting a template for brilliantly overblown concepts that would spark a sequence of early 1970s-era prog-rock triumphs.
On Aug. 15, 1975, it was officially announced that Peter Gabriel had left Genesis. The announcement followed weeks of speculation that a split was about to occur. At the time, a record company spokesman issued a statement that Gabriel was leaving the band to concentrate on "other literary and experimental interests outside of music."
How exactly did Genesis, progressive rock's defining band, manage to survive so much turmoil? The group weathered the loss of key members and a shifting musical landscape to produce '. . . And Then There Were Three . . .,' the 1978 album that introduced a leaner three-man lineup and helped them move from prog toward the poppier sound that would define their career in the '80s.
Genesis are rightfully regarded as one of the most innovate and eclectic progressive rock bands of all-time. But -- a couple late-era Phil Collins belters aside -- they're not remembered as cookie-cutter pop balladeers. Timing is everything: On Feb. 23, 1968, these British lads got off to an awkwardly uncharacteristic start with debut single, 'The Silent Sun,' the most saccharine, lightweight ditty in their entire discography.