Genesis forced to postpone reunion tour until autumn

Genesis have had to pause their reunion tour…again (Picture: Darryl James/Getty Images)

Genesis have been forced to postpone their anticipated reunion tour until later in the year, announcing scheduled April dates will be pushed back.

It’s not the first time the band, which is comprised of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, has had to delay their performances, after initially planning to come together last year.

But with the coronavirus pandemic still wreaking havoc on the entertainment industry, as the UK remains in its third national lockdown, the band has had to cool their jets once more.

Sharing a clip of the band rehearsing to the official Genesis Instagram this afternoon, a statement read: ‘“We’re ready, but the world isn’t… yet!”

‘Genesis are rescheduling their April UK and Irish tour dates for autumn 2021 in light of the ongoing pandemic.’

It went on to confirm The Last Domino? Tour 2021 will now start in Dublin on September 15, and is set to be group’s first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out Turn It On Again: The Tour in 2007.’

The statement went on: ‘They will be joined on stage by @nic_collins on drums, and the band’s long time lead guitar and bass player @darylstuermer.

‘Tickets for all rescheduled dates are available through – link in bio. All previously purchased tickets remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent.’

The Last Domino? Tour 2021 rescheduled dates:

Wednesday September 15 Dublin 3Arena
Thursday September 16 Dublin 3Arena
Saturday September 18 Belfast SSE Arena
Monday September 20 Birmingham Utilita Arena
Tuesday September 21 Birmingham Utilita Arena
Wednesday September 22 Birmingham Utilita Arena
Friday September 24 Manchester AO Arena
Saturday September 25 Manchester AO Arena
Monday September 27 Leeds First Direct Arena
Tuesday September 28 Leeds First Direct Arena
Thursday September 30 Newcastle Utilita Arena
Friday October 1 Newcastle Utilita Arena
Sunday October 3 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Monday October 4 Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
Thursday October 7 Glasgow SSE Hydro
Friday October 8 Glasgow SSE Hydro
Monday October 11 London The O2
Tuesday October 12 London The O2
Wednesday October 13 London The O2

Rocker Phil is unable to play the drums due to previous back surgery and will be replaced by his 19-year-old son Nicholas, as well as long-standing associate Daryl Stuermer.

Explaining why they felt it was the right time to get back together, Mike told Zoe Ball on Radio 2 last year: ‘I think it’s a natural moment actually, Phil’s been out on tour for the last two and a half years and it seemed the natural moment to have a convo about it.

‘We’re all still good friends, we’re all above grass, so why not?’

Phil also said he’s proud to handover the drumming duties to his teenage son and explained: ‘For me, it wasn’t a deal-breaker but it was something that was working and a problem we had to overcome.

‘I’m going to be doing my best to play some bits on the tour, I have already been working out what I’ve got to do and what songs to play.’

Phil, Tony and Mike are known for being the band’s longest lasting members, but Genesis saw a number of stars in the lineup, including lead singer Peter Gabriel and guitarists Anthony Phillips and Steve Hackett.

The band has a huge six number one albums to their name and have sold over 100 million albums worldwide.

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