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Genesis Keyboardist Tony Banks Reconsiders Reunion


January 26, 2018

Any time a reunion of prog- and art-rock giants GENESIS is mentioned, it gets their fans salivating. Well, break out the bibs again 'cause GENESIS member TONY BANKS recently mentioned that after seeing his friend and band mate PHIL COLLINS perform recently, the original member of the heritage English band said that he doesn’t rule out the idea of a reunion!

Banks saw Mr. Collins perform recently at the Royal Albert Hall in London, exclaiming that the show, its music, and the band were “fantastic,” elaborating that it was great to see Collins.

Phil Collin's widely-reported physical limitations resulting from a back injury had sidelined the singer/drummer/songwriter for a number of years (he “retired” in 2011, then resumed touring in 2017), and his performances now do not involve any drumming on his part.

In a recent interview, Banks said that last year, he never would’ve thought Collins could be performing again but notes how amazing he was live, describing how great his music and voice sounded. 

So, does this mean that a Genesis reunion will happen? Not so fast. Banks notes the advanced age of the individual members and emphasized that it would have to be (creatively) "worthwhile" to do. Banks also points out a very important consideration for the band: Phil Collins is the band's drummer, and he can no longer play. As such, Banks says that only “a version” of a Genesis show could be delivered.

For his current solo tour, Collins has his son Nic behind the kit, but whether that would translate into the younger Collins joining his dad and Messrs. Banks & Rutherford in Genesis has not been ruled out. There is also the possibility that they could enlist the percussion services of long-time touring drummer, Chester Thompson, so we'll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, Banks is about to release a new, orchestral album (w/ the Czech National Symphony Orchestra and Choir), and Phil Collins is on tour in South America through March. Rock on!