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 Says Genesis Music Got Lost in ‘Audio Space’ Battle
Guitarist believes Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks were trying to outpace each other on ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.’
How Genesis Began an Exciting New Era on 'Nursery Cryme'
This served more as a signpost for future breakthroughs than a stand-alone accomplishment.
50 Years Ago: 'Selling England by the Pound' Sets Genesis' Path
They had to succeed in balancing the pastoral whimsy of their first couple of albums with new rock pretensions.
40 Years Ago: Self-Titled LP Begins Genesis' Turn Away From Prog
A new era was clearly beginning.
The Moment Mike Rutherford Realized Genesis Was Over
Emotion of farewell show didn’t hit him until four songs before the end.