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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.

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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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Decca / Universal

The Story of Genesis’ Debut Album, ‘From Genesis to Revelation’

Genesis released their debut album, 'From Genesis to Revelation' in March 1969.

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Examiner, Getty Images

The Story of Genesis’ First Single, ‘The Silent Sun’

Genesis are rightfully regarded as one of the most innovate and eclectic progressive rock bands of all time.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Top 10 Peter Gabriel Genesis Songs

We count down our favorite songs from the Peter Gabriel-led era of Genesis.

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Atco

40 Years Ago: Genesis Transitions to Phil Collins Era With ‘A Trick of the Tail’

Some 400 audition tapes later, Genesis realized they had a replacement for departed frontman Peter Gabriel among their ranks.

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YouTube

The Story of Genesis’ First U.S. Concert

American audiences got their first glimpse of Genesis on Dec. 11, 1973 in Boston.

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Elton John, ‘Rocket Man’ vs. Genesis, ‘Watcher of the Skies': Rock Star Wars

Two '70s costumed rockers with space-age daydreams square off against each other in the first round of our Rock Star Wars battle.

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Decca / Universal
Decca / Universal

45 Years Ago: Genesis Find Prog-Folk Focus With ‘Trespass’

Most critics view 1971's Nursery Cryme as the first classic Genesis album – the band's progressive watershed.

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