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There are essentially two different eras of Genesis. The first was led by Peter Gabriel, who would dress up like a flower onstage and sing 25-minute songs about lawnmowers. The second, fronted by drummer Phil Collins after Gabriel left for a solo career in the mid-’70s, was dominated by pop songs that made the group one of the most popular in the world. There have been various lineup shifts since the band’s formation in England at the end of the ’60s, but the core quintet of Gabriel, Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist Mike Rutherford and guitarist Steve Hackett (and then a trio of Collins, Banks and Rutherford) made most of the group’s classic records. Collins quit in 1996, and since then, fans have been clamoring for a full-group reunion.

Charisma
Charisma

45 Years Ago: Genesis Begin an Exciting New Era on ‘Nursery Cryme’

Genesis' 'Nursery Cryme' served more as a signpost for future breakthroughs than a stand-alone accomplishment.

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Hit & Run
Hit & Run

25 Years Ago: Genesis Reconvene For One Last Phil Collins Album, ‘We Can’t Dance’

When Genesis entered the studio to record 'We Can't Dance,' they were coming off their biggest commercial success – and headed for a major change.

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Atlantic
Atlantic

35 Years Ago: Genesis Meld Prog and New Wave on ‘Abacab’

Popular opinion places the line between Genesis' prog and pop eras at the moment Peter Gabriel packed up his flower outfit and split, but the truth is, the group underwent a slower evolution.

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Adam Berry, Getty Images
Adam Berry, Getty Images

Watch Peter Gabriel Perform Part of a Genesis Song for the First Time in Decades

Peter Gabriel has dedicated his solo career to looking forward, but for a few moments during the final stop on his tour with Sting, he treated fans to a chapter from his past.

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Atlantic Records / YouTube

30 Years Ago: Peter Gabriel and Genesis Take Turns Topping the Pop Chart

The summer of 1986 brought Genesis their first No. 1 hit in the United States — and former frontman Peter Gabriel reached the same milestone the very next week.

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Atlantic
Atlantic

30 Years Ago: Genesis Release Pop-Chart Smash ‘Invisible Touch’

If its smash title track was any true measure, 'Invisible Touch' represented the moment in which Genesis was consumed by frontman Phil Collins concurrent solo fame.

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Atlantic
Atlantic

Former Genesis Singer Ray Wilson Says Mike Rutherford Didn’t Want to Continue

Genesis faced an uphill climb after Phil Collins quit the group, but replacement singer Ray Wilson wishes they'd stuck with it at least a little longer.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: Phil Collins Quits Genesis

After a decade and a half splitting time between Genesis and his solo career, Phil Collins left the band with whom he made his name.

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40 Years Ago: Phil Collins Fronts Genesis for First Post-Peter Gabriel Tour

Genesis embarked on its first tour with Phil Collins as the lead singer in London, Ontario, Canada on March 26, 1976.

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Atlantic Records
Atlantic Records

Phil Collins Explains How Genesis Decided Which Songs Ended Up on Solo Albums

A successful solo career can really put a strain on relationships between band members, but during the '80s, Phil Collins and Genesis put on a master class in how to make it work.

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