Reunited Genesis plans DVD, more
EmptyDETROIT -- There's no new music in the offing, but that's not keeping the reunited Genesis from planning a parade of product in the fourth quarter of the year, including a book and a probably DVD and live album.
Guitarist Mike Rutherford told Billboard.com that "a guy's filmed every breath I've taken since the first meeting in New York last October," and that Genesis will be filming its concert Saturday at the Circo Massimo in Rome, which closes out the European leg of the Turn It On Again Tour.
"We're gonna film that one for a DVD and probably have a live album out from the tour as well," Rutherford said, guessing that they'll probably come out "this year, I'm sure. It makes sense to have it this year." Genesis also is releasing soundboard CDs from each concert via the Encore Series at the TheMusic.com.
Also coming this fall is a new book, "Genesis Chapter and Verse," which will present the official biography of the band including interviews with Rutherford, Phil Collins and Tony Banks as well as Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett, plus managers and others associated with the group. The late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun gave one of his final interviews for the tome.
"It's a nice book, actually," Rutherford reported. "My wife read it and couldn't put it down. It had an effect on me, too, reading all that stuff you say about each other. It kind of brought it to the front of your mind how kind of special the way we work is and has been -- the way we write, the way we get on so well, the way we've done things. I think it made us appreciate what a great journey it's been and what fun it still is."
Genesis continues the journey Sept. 7, when the North American leg of the reunion tour begins. What will happen after those 20 shows, however, is anybody's guess, Rutherford said.
"At the moment, we're avoiding making long-term plans," he said. A reunion that includes Gabriel and Hackett is still a possibility, but Rutherford says a full-scale reactivation of any form of Genesis is unlikely.
"It's not like we reformed the band and we're going to get back and do an album," he said. "But that doesn't mean we can't do stuff together -- but in a slightly different way. We're having a very good time. We're enjoying ourselves, and so we'll talk when we get there about what else we might do rather than map this big, long plan out."