Phil Collins: Why Genesis Is Over

Phil Collins has revealed the reason behind his comment that Genesis is effectively over.

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Phil Collins has revealed the reason behind his comment that Genesis is effectively over: he's expecting to retire from making music after finishing promotional work on his new covers album. The singer and drummer last month caused controversy by seeming to shut down the prog-rock back by the back door, saying: I think Genesis are no longer. I don't foresee doing any more Genesis shows it doesn't fit in with my life. He also infuriated some long-time fans by suggesting he'd enjoyed working with other musicians more than with his own band. But after a year in which he admitted he couldn't play drums or piano properly any more, due to bad posture leading to back and hand pain, he's now revealed he plans to end his musical career in a few weeks once he's completed promo work for Going Back. Collins tells Billboard: I'm not anticipating doing anything else. If I do write songs I don't know about out an album or anything like that I don't really have the desire to do that now. It bothers me a lot less than people think it probably would. I've pushed my envelope wider than a lot of people probably remember. There's always going to be some things you wish you'd done differently, but in general I'm very proud of what I've done, and there's not a lot I haven't tried. It's a somewhat inauspicious wind-down for a musical force which came into being 43 years ago and released 15 studio albums. Originally fronted by Peter Gabriel, the band were acclaimed as prog-rock pioneers before gradually going more mainstream after Collins, who joined in 1970, took the mic six years later. Remaining members Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford have been mainstays since the band began at Charterhouse School in Surrey. Despite frequent talk in recent years about a one-off reunion with Gabriel, potentially to perform an elaborate stage version of classic album The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, it would seem the band's last word will have been their 2007 Turn It On Again reunion tour. Genesis remain the only prog-rock band other than Pink Floyd to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Thanks for the report to RockRadio.

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    10pound
    All I can think of, whenever I see/read/hear "Phil Collins" or "Genesis", is a combination of pastels, south beach, Ferrari Testarossas, Don Johnson, Jan Hammer and that TV show Miami Vice.
    TheLlamaMan
    emphaticleech wrote: Genesis was over when Peter Gabriel left. It just became Collins' solo project when that happened.
    So true. Take a look at some of the Genesis albums without Gabriel to classics like Selling England By The Pound, Foxtrot, and Nursery Cryme.. There's just no comparison.
    firth of fith
    Jeez, there is nothing worse than someone claiming to be a Genesis fan then saying (wait for it!) "they weren't the same once Peter Gabriel left", no sh1t sherlock! i see you have studied music in some depth do you think! really! if you think Gabriel was so great then you are a Peter Gabriel fan not a Genesis fan, go and listen to 'sledgehammer' on repeat and give us some peace, for someone supposed to be such a bad musician Phil collins aint done too bad has he, Peter Gabriel has not had a best seller for years for good reason, he's not that good! more style than substance, its the reason he left Genesis in the first place poncing about in daft costumes added nothing to the band only his ego!
    UnaLaguna
    I'm so glad Peter Gabriel never re-joined Genesis. His solo work is far, FAR superior to Genesis. Much more experimental, much more adventurous... oh, and he started writing good lyrics.
    Cskills2112
    Definitely lucky to see them when they came to town a few years back...went with Mom 'cause it was her favourite band way back when she was my age, definitely a great show!
    PRSfanatic
    Phil will be a great loss to the music world, he's one of the few everyone can enjoy. Shame, when Genesis was in my country for Turn it on again, I couldn't get tickets. Regret it so much.
    Jack Darkley
    I guess Genesis could try to get Peter Gabriel back into the mix, but I think they should give Ray Wilson another chance.
    emphaticleech
    Genesis was over when Peter Gabriel left. It just became Collins' solo project when that happened.
    AngusRocker22
    Genesis put out there best stuff with Collins..although my favorite song by them is "Counting Out Time." This sucks!
    Raven_Flight
    The singer and drummer last month caused controversy by seeming to shut down the prog-rock back by the back door
    Oh come on, they aren't "prog" anymore.
    Spartan101400
    I've known this for a couple of months now, why has UG been slow to get up to date news lately?