Genesis reunites with Collins for stadium tour


LONDON -- As expected, the classic trio line-up of Genesis will play 20 European stadium dates next summer, with a U.S. tour due to be announced shortly. The reformed line-up of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks will begin the European tour at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki on June 11 and end on July 14 with a free concert in Rome opposite the Colosseum.

There will be further dates in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, France, Holland, the United Kingdom and the first ever rock concert at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco. Twenty yet-to-be-announced U.S. dates are also on the agenda.

Speaking at a press conference Tuesday  at the Mayfair Hotel in London, the band said the tour came about when discussions for a reunion with original vocalist Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett based around their classic '70s album "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" broke down. However, the band hasn't ruled out getting back together with Gabriel at some point in the future.

"Sometimes you read that he's into it and sometimes you read that he isn't," said Collins. "He's far more sensitive than we are about what it means. This is just us getting together and playing some songs. It's fun -- but since Peter left he's been doing his own thing and sometimes he's a bit over-cautious about going back to doing something that's just fun."

The band denied the tour, its first with Collins since 1992, was financially motivated. "If money was the issue, we'd be doing more than 20 shows," said Collins. "We're all loaded enough not to worry about where the next million is coming from. To satisfy the demand that I suspect is out there, we'd be doing multiple dates in stadiums right across the world."

In conjunction with the reunion, EMI will re-issue 14 Genesis studio albums as SACD/DVD double-disc sets in three phases during 2007, but the band says it has no plans to make a new record.

"We don't have any long term plans," said Rutherford. "This is the right time for us [to tour] and then we'll see. For years we were asked about touring and I always said 'Never say never'... so, there are no plans [to record new material], but who knows?"

The tour will feature Genesis songs from as far back as 1973 but draw heavily from the band's most popular period, when albums like "Invisible Touch" and "We Can't Dance" spawned several huge hits. The core trio will be augmented by longtime collaborators Chester Thompson on drums and Daryl Steurmer on guitar.

Here are Genesis' tour dates:

June 11: Helsinki (Olympic Stadium)

June 14: Herning, Denmark (Messecenter)

June 15: Hamburg (AOL Arena)

June 17: Berne, Switzerland (Stade de Suisse)

June 18: Linz, Austria (Gugglestadium)

June 20: Budapest (Puskas Ferenc Stadium)

June 21: Katowice, Poland (Slaski Stadium)

June 23: Hannover, Germany (AWD Arena)

June 26: Dusseldorf, Germany (LTU Arena)

June 29: Stuttgart, Germany (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium)

June 30: Paris (Parc Des Princes)

July 1: Amsterdam (Arena)

July 3: Berlin (Olympiastadion)

July 4: Leipzig, Germany (Zentralstadion)

July 5: Frankfurt (Commerzbankarena)

July 7: London (Twickenham Stadium)

July 8: Manchester, England (Old Trafford)

July 10: Munich (Olympiastadion)

July 12: Monaco (Louis II Stadium)

July 14: Rome (Telecomcerto at Colosseo)