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.
Steve Hackett on Quitting Genesis: Band Democracy 'Rarely Works'
Guitarist says keyboardist Tony Banks told him he “couldn’t do more solo albums" following 1975 debut.
Steve Hackett Expected Genesis to Fire Him After First Show
Guitarist says debut performance was “complete disaster,” partly because Phil Collins was drunk.
35 Years Ago: Genesis and Alumni Place Five Songs in Hot 100
The May 31, 1986, chart featured "Invisible Touch" alongside singles by Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, GTR and Mike + the Mechanics.
35 Years Ago: Genesis' 'Invisible Touch' Marks First U.S. No. 1
Prog-pop band took a commercial leap on the single, part of its multiplatinum 'Invisible Touch' LP.
Genesis Announce North American Dates for Reunion Tour
Trek will follow previously booked dates in Ireland and the U.K.
Genesis: Last Great, Last Good, First Bad Album Roundtable
Our writers debate highlights - and lowlights - of the band's eternal catalog.
Mike Rutherford Says Genesis Reunion Tour May Hit North America
Group's twice-delayed reunion tour is scheduled to hit the U.K. and Ireland in September and October.