It’s taken them nearly 40 years, but Genesis’s core members — including drummer-turned-lead-singer Phil Collins — have finally reunited with founding frontman/prog demi-god Peter Gabriel. Here’s the catch, though: It’s for a full-length BBC documentary, not a proper tour or album. Yet.
“I have started thinking about doing new stuff,” Collins admitted late last year. (He’s been largely retired as of late.) “[Maybe playing] some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven’t been there yet.”
Genesis last discussed the possibility of playing reunion shows a decade ago, as a way of celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of their sprawling double LP The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Gabriel ultimately declined the offer once he realized a few key appearances were quickly turning into a full-fledged tour.
“It was growing into this bigger thing,” he said in a Rolling Stone interview, “and I had all these other ideas that I wanted to do, and I could feel the suction of the black hole. I get on pretty well with everybody – it wasn’t personal issues – I just didn’t want to lose that sort of light-footedness that I enjoy now.
He continued, “You know, we had a great run. They did way better after I left anyway. So I don’t think anyone has anything to complain about.”
As for the focus of the BBC doc, Gabriel’s official site says, “The film recounts an extraordinary musical story, exploring the band’s songwriting as well as emotional highs and lows, alongside previously unseen archive material and rare performance footage across their entire career.”
The film’s official air date hasn’t been announced yet. You can watch a show from 1973 down below though…