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(l-r) Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Steve Hackett in an Atlantic Records publicity photo


1967 in Godalming, Surrey, England


Officially went on hiatus in 1998, reunited for tour in 2007

Original Genesis Members:

Tony Banks - keyboards
Peter Gabriel - vocals, flute
Mike Rutherford - guitar, bass
Chris Stewart - drums
Anthony Phillips - guitar

Significant Facts About Genesis:

  • Worldwide album sales more than 159-million
  • 15 studio albums 1969-1997, 15 live albums and compilations, 26 hit singles
  • Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were the only original members who were with the band through its entire existence

Genesis Career History:

Two high school bands merged to form Genesis in 1967. Their first album, From Genesis to Revelation was released in 1969. Along with bands like Pink Floyd, Rush, and Jethro Tull, they helped define the progressive rock genre in the '70s.

The band went through three drummers in as many years before settling on Phil Collins in 1970. In 1975, when founding member Peter Gabriel left to pursue a solo career, Collins took over as lead vocalist, then left to pursue his own solo career in 1996.

Genesis Afterlife:

Gabriel rejoined the group for one concert in 1982. The group went into the studio in 1999 to record a new version of their hit single, "The Carpet Crawlers" for a greatest hits compilation album. Ray Wilson, who replaced Collins, has released three solo albums since his brief career with Genesis ended. Gabriel and Collins continue to actively tour and record. A 2007 reunion tour lineup included Collins, Banks, and Rutherford.

Essential CD:

Platinum Collection
This three-CD set contains 39 remastered tracks spanning both the Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel eras.
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