Not many high school bands last nearly 40 years but in 1965 Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks started a group that would do just that. Peter and Tony started Genesis while in school and just after graduating the band decided to make a go at being professionals. Although their first album was a s... More
Not many high school bands last nearly 40 years but in 1965 Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks started a group that would do just that. Peter and Tony started Genesis while in school and just after graduating the band decided to make a go at being professionals. Although their first album was a success with critics and fans, it didn't make them superstars. What solidified the line up of Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Michael Rutherford was Phil Collins.
Peter Gabriel's fantastical live performances combined with symphony backings and laser light shows, made Genesis a smashing live success on top of already impressive record sales. By 1975 however the band was no longer working like well oiled machine and differences between members caused co-founder Peter Gabriel to leave the line up. Replacing a very talented and very popular lead singer was not an easy undertaking. After numerous auditions in search of someone that sounded a lot like Gabriel, drummer Phil Collins went from sitting behind a drum set doing backing vocals, to never touching drum sticks and instead standing front and center.
With Phil Collins as lead singer Genesis out sold any of their previous records. In 1978 they lost full time guitarist Steve Hacket and released a poignant album, "And Then There Were Three", the trio would be the most enduring line up in the bands history. From 1965 to 1997 Genesis released 20 albums. The largest commercial success was had with the much more pop, less progressive rock "Invisible Touch" which went platinum in 1986. "Invisible Touch" made Genesis a crossover success, gaining a fan base with everyone from die hard Peter Gabriel fans to new generations who had never heard them before.
After nearly 40 years Genesis decided to "Turn it on AgainÍ" and announced they were reuniting for a European and American tour. Although Peter Gabriel was invited back as front man for the band, he declined. "Turn it on Again" is one of the most anticipated reunions in the history of music, second only perhaps to a Peter Gabriel fronted Genesis.