Could a new Genesis reunion featuring the group’s three-member lineup of Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks be brewing? According to the Genesis News fan site, rumors have been circulating that Collins, Rutherford and Banks are in New York City to discuss a possible reunion, since the three were spotted at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday watching the New York Knicks play the Los Angeles Lakers.
The website posted screen shots of Collins, Rutherford and Banks in the stands at the basketball game.
Rolling Stone points out that the trio also could simply be getting together in New York for business purposes, or perhaps to celebrate Phil’s 69th birthday, which takes place on January 30.
In August of 2019, Collins told Rolling Stone that he wouldn’t rule out a Genesis reunion.
“I wouldn’t say there isn’t not a possibility,” he said. “Me, Mike and Tony are pretty close, still. I can’t imagine what it would be like if I didn’t play the drums, but anything is possible.”
Collins returned to touring as a solo artist a couple of years ago, although he no longer is able to play drums because of various health issues.
Phil also said that if Genesis were to do reunion shows, he’d would like his son Nicholas to play drums. Nic, who is now 18, has been handling drum duties at Collins’ recent solo concerts.
Interestingly, Rutherford’s other band, Mike + the Mechanics, opened a series of shows for Collins in Europe last year, and during the run, Mike joined Phil at a show in Berlin to play the Genesis hit “Follow You Follow Me.”
Genesis most recent tour took place in 2006 and 2007.
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