Genesis Plays Final Show With Peter Gabriel As An Audience
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On March 26, Genesis said farewell and had their final show at London’s 02 arena, former frontman Peter Gabriel was reported to be in the audience to witness the event.
Phil Collins, age 71, sat center stage throughout the concert. He jokingly said that the group will now have to get a “real job” as he said goodbye to the crowd:
“Tonight is a very special night.
“It’s the last stop of our tour, and it’s the last show for Genesis.
“It’s difficult for us to believe that, uh, you still came out to see us! Yes, after tonight we’ve all got to get real jobs.”
In recent years, Collins has suffered from numerous health issues, including dislocating vertebrae in his neck in 2007 that left nerve damage to his hands. After his back surgery, Collins has used a cane since 2015 and revealed in September he can no longer hold a drumstick.
During an interview, Collins stated:
“I don’t do anything at all. I don’t practice singing at home, not at all. Rehearsing is the practice.
“These guys are always having a go at me for not, but I have to do it this way. Of course, my health does change things, doing the show seated changes things. But I actually found on my recent solo tours, it didn’t get in the way; the audience were still listening and responding. It’s not the way I would have written it, but it’s the way that it is.”
After a 14-year live performance hiatus, Genesis’ “The Last Domino? Tour” came as their final performance together. It was also postponed during the pandemic. The tour included shows in the U.K. last September and in North America last fall, concluding with another 14 concerts in Europe.
Collins’ son, Nic, joined the trio and filled in for his father behind the kit during his recent solo tours. Longtime touring member Daryl Stuermer returned on guitar and bass, joined by Daniel Pearce on backing vocals and percussion, and Patrick Smyth on backing vocals and tambourine.
Genesis was formed in 1967 with Gabriel as the frontman. Collins then became the band’s drummer and backing vocalist in 1970 before becoming lead vocalist in 1975, as Gabriel departed for a solo career. The band continued with Ray Wilson before breaking up four years later. The group reunited with Collins for a tour in 2007.
Collins and Gabriel also was seen backstage with the band’s longtime friend and tour manager, Richard McPhail smiling for a photograph. See the photo and watch a clip of the concert below.
Genesis’ Final Show: London; March 23, 2022
1. “Behind the Lines’ / “Duke’s End”
2. “Turn It On Again”
4. “Land of Confusion”
5. “Home By the Sea”
6. “Second Home By the Sea”
7. “Fading Lights” (part)
8. “The Cinema Show” (part)
10. “That’s All” (acoustic)
11. “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” (acoustic)
12. “Follow You Follow Me” (acoustic)
14. “No Son of Mine”
15. “Firth of Fifth”
16. “I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)”
18. “Throwing It All Away”
19. “Tonight, Tonight, Tonight” (part)
20. “Invisible Touch”
21. “I Can’t Dance”
22. “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight” (part)
23. “The Carpet Crawlers”