Genesis are back after 13 years… but Phil Collins won't be playing drums

(Image credit: Patrick Balls )

Genesis are back to turn it on again; the lineup of guitarist Mike Rutherford, keyboardist Tony Banks and vocalist Phil Collins will tour the UK this year. 

The Last Domino? Tour 2020 is the first live run for the trio since 2007's Turn It On Again: The Tour. Collins won't be on the drum kit this time though due to the physical ssues he's been open about for the last few years following a spine injury; his son Nic Collins will take his place behind the kit, and the bands long time guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer will join them.

Phil Collins and Tony Banks spoke to Prog magazine about the comeback: “There were more reasons to do it than not to do it," said Collins. "If we had to do it the way we used to tour, I don't think I'd be doing it. But nowadays it can be done differently, and I've been doing that for the last couple of years."

And then there were three: Collins, Banks and Rutherford

And then there were three: Collins, Banks and Rutherford (Image credit: Patrick Balls)

Adds Banks: “After Phil finished his own tour, everybody thought, ‘We could talk about it and see whether it’s a good idea.’

“Once we decided it was a possibility, we wanted to see how it would work out when we played together. So we spent a couple of weeks in January in New York seeing how it sounded. People asked, ‘Why are you here?’ We just said, ‘Oh, for a wedding.’”

"Nic is a great drummer, but he is capable of sounding like early Phil"

Tony Banks

Banks also added  that having Phil's son Nic on drums is a key element:

“Nic is a great drummer, but he is capable of sounding like early Phil. For Mike and I, that was always quite exciting. It means you can play some of the songs that you haven't played with Phil as the drummer for a long time.

“We’re playing old material, but there’ll be some new old material this time. Songs we didn’t play last time.”

But what about fans pining for the long-desired early Genesis reunion with vocalist Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett?

“To get everyone on board would be quite difficult,” Banks says.

The originally announced dates are already sold out, but Genesis have added the below, new UK outings.

Tuesday 24th November - Liverpool M&S Bank Arena    

Friday 27th November - Newcastle Utilita Arena

Thursday 3rd December - Leeds First Direct Arena

Sunday 6th December - Birmingham Arena Birmingham

Wednesday 9th December - Manchester Manchester Arena

Saturday 12th December - Glasgow SSE Arena

Now sold out 

Monday 16th November Dublin 3 Arena

Thursday 19th November Belfast SSE Arena

Monday 23rd November Liverpool M&S Bank Arena    

Thursday 26th November Newcastle Utilita Arena

Sunday 29th November London The O2

Monday 30th November London The O2    

Wednesday 2nd December Leeds First Direct Arena

Saturday 5th December Birmingham Birmingham Arena

Tuesday 8th December Manchester Manchester Arena

Friday 11th December Glasgow SSE Arena


Rob Laing
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I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.