Genesis ended their career in London on March 26, 2022, and former frontman Peter Gabriel was in the audience to see him perform.
The band’s Last Domino closing concert? The tour had already been described as their last performance together, after a two-year road trip, interrupted by COVID, which marked their first shows in more than 13 years.
“Tonight is a very special night,” lead singer Phil Collins told the crowd at the O2 Arena from a seated position imposed by health issues. “This is the last leg of our tour, and this is Genesis’ last show.” He added, “It’s hard for us to believe that, uh, you came to see us anyway! Yes, after tonight, we all need to find real jobs. Later in the 23-song set, he announced Gabriel’s presence, joking, “Maybe it’s him shouting ‘Supper’s Ready’ – I don’t know!”
Phil Collins confirms the end of Genesis on stage
Genesis had three separate incarnations during its original lifespan from 1967 to 2000, during which time they released 15 studio albums. They were a decidedly more progressive collective with Gabriel at the helm but adopted more accessible pop-rock elements after his departure in 1975.
Drummer Collins then took over, overseeing a further period of success before his departure in 1996. The band continued with Ray Wilson before disbanding four years later. They reunited with Collins for a tour in 2007 – a tour that has long been seen as their callback to The Last Domino? the race was confirmed after years of speculation.
Collins’ son Nic joined guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks in the lineup after the singer confirmed he could no longer play drums.
“I would love to,” Collins senior said before the tour, “but, you know, I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand, so there are certain physical things that get in the way.” He reported that Nic “kind of understood” what the band wanted of him, adding, “And he kinda plays like me when he wants to – he doesn’t when he doesn’t want to. But I’m one of his many influences, of course, being his dad…he kind of has the same attitude as me. So that was a good start.”
Watch Genesis Perform “Behind the Lines” / “Duke’s End” / “Turn It On Again” at the Final Show
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Genesis Final Show: London; March 23, 2022
1. “Behind the Lines” / “Duke’s End”
2. “Turn it back on”
4. “Land of Confusion”
5. “House by the sea”
6. “Second house by the sea”
7. “Fading Lights” (part)
8. “The Cinema Show” (part)
10. “That’s All” (Acoustic)
11. “The Lamb Lays 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. “Throw It All Out”
19. “Tonight, tonight, tonight” (part)
20. “Invisible Touch”
21. “I can’t dance”
22. “Dancing with the Knight in the Moonlight” (part)
23. “The Carpet Crawlers”
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