Genesis (English rock band)
Genesis are an English rock band formed in Godalming, Surrey in 1967. The band has had numerous line-ups throughout its history, of which eleven musicians became full time members. Its most recent formation comprised two founding members–keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford–and drummer/singer Phil Collins, who joined in 1970. Genesis are one of the best selling music artists of all time with approximately 130 million records sold worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
Formed by five pupils at Charterhouse School, Genesis were initially regarded as a "pop experiment" as evident by their debut album, From Genesis to Revelation (1969). They evolved into a progressive rock band with Trespass (1970) and Nursery Cryme (1971), which showcased longer tracks, fantasy inspired lyrics, and complex song structures and instrumentation. Their success continued with Foxtrot (1972), which features the 23-minute track "Supper's Ready", and Selling England by the Pound (1973). Genesis concerts during this time became theatrical experiences with stage design, pyrotechnics, story telling, and singer Peter Gabriel wearing make-up and costumes. In 1975, after touring in support of their double concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974), Gabriel left the band. Collins would handle drums and lead vocals on their subsequent studio albums, of which three more were released in the 1970s: A Trick of the Tail (1976), Wind & Wuthering (1976), and ...And Then There Were Three... (1978). The single "Follow You Follow Me" from the latter was a major international success and represented a change in their musical direction, becoming more pop-oriented and commercially accessible.
In 1980, Genesis scored their first UK number one album with Duke (1980). Their commercial success grew with further UK number one albums Abacab (1981) and Genesis (1983), which coincided with Collins's increasing popularity as a solo artist. The band peaked with Invisible Touch (1986), their best-selling album, from which all five singles released entered the top five on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, with "Invisible Touch" reaching the number one spot. In 1991, after a five-year break, Genesis continued their mainstream success with We Can't Dance (1991) which contained the worldwide hit single "I Can't Dance". In 1996, Collins left the band, which led to Ray Wilson taking his place on vocals. Wilson, Banks, and Rutherford released Calling All Stations (1997) which sold well in Europe but peaked at number 53 in the US, their lowest charting album since 1974. Following a European tour in 1998, the band went on hiatus.
In 2006, Banks, Rutherford, and Collins reunited for their 2007 Turn It On Again Tour which included a free concert in Rome that was attended by 500,000 people. The future of the band remains uncertain; Collins retired from the music industry in 2011 but is considering a return while Banks indicated Genesis had come to an end in 2012. In 2014, Gabriel, Banks, Rutherford, Collins, and Hackett reunited for a BBC documentary, Genesis: Together and Apart.