Peter Gabriel and Genesis Reuniting for a BBC Documentary

Classic lineup getting together for the first time since 1975.

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For the first time since 1975, the classic lineup of Genesis, featuring vocalist Peter Gabriel, will reunite.

But it won't be the kind of reunion most fans are yearning for, but a brief reformation for a feature-length BBC 2 documentary "Genesis: Together and Apart," set to air later this year.

As Classic Rock reports, the show comes as a part of a new series of music programming on BBC, placing the inaugural BBC Music Awards in the limelight. The ceremony itself is set to take place at Earl's Court in London this December.

"Today's the start of something very special for everyone who loves music," said BBC Director General Tony Hall. "BBC Music is a celebration of the brilliant music talent across our country. We'll be joining up music on television, radio, iPlayer and online like never before. there'll be new shows; new partnerships; and whole new ways to support music on the BBC."

As the same source indicates, the BBC announcement hardly takes into consideration the footage featuring most of the classic band members on the 2008 DVD "The Genesis Songbook," or the classic lineup reunion for the 1999 "The Carpet Crawlers" re-recording on "Turn It on Again: The Hits Compilation."

However, the brief return will still likely spark a new glimpse of hope to actually see Peter Gabriel and Genesis working and/or touring together. Whether or not there's a chance yet remains to be seen.

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    Great news! Just got into Genesis not too long ago. Special music to say the least. I think one more performance (If Collins can play) would be the ultimate.
    I've been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where Phil Collins' presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums.
    While I have a preference to the older stuff, I still count "Duke" among their classics. I HAD to write them off at "We Can't Dance" though...
    Based on his performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame I'd say his vocals are very well preserved for someone who has been around as long as he is. Also he invented industrial metal.
    I am glad, but I am not sure Gabriel can sing the way he used to anymore. Hope they can pull off a killer show.
    I saw him play a couple of years ago with his New Blood Orchestra project and he can most definitely still sing as good as he used too. The whole thing blew my mind!
    They're missing the re-recording of "Carpet Crawlers" from a greatest hits compilation released in 1999. But hey it'd be nice to hear the five of these guys make music again, if they're doing that.