The Last ‘Last Domino?’ Tour Dates? Genesis Reschedule For 2021 Tour
by Geoff Ford
Genesis are hoping it will be third time lucky as they again reschedule their dates for The Last Domino? tour. Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks had originally planned the tour for late last year but, as with everyone else’s plans, the pandemic intervened. Hopeful of an early resolution, they rescheduled for this spring but they have now announced revised dates for September and October 2021 with shows across the North.
The announcement came on 22 January through social media with the message:
“We’re ready, but the world isn’t… yet!
Genesis are rescheduling their April UK and Irish tour dates for autumn 2021 in light of the ongoing pandemic.”
Existing tickets remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent. Tickets for all new dates are available by visiting http://www.genesis-music.com/
The tour is set to be Collins, Banks and Rutherford’s first live outing together since the globe-trotting, sell-out Turn It On Again: The Tour in 2007. Nerve damage has restricted Collins’ ability to play drums although he suggested, last year, that he is hoping he may be able to spend a limited time behind his kit on the forthcoming tour. “I’m going to do my best to play some bits on the tour,” he said. “I’ve got to start thinking seriously but I’ve already worked out what I’m going to do and what songs to play on.”
Genesis will be joined on tour by the band’s long-time guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer and Collins’ son Nic, who turns 20 this year, on drums. It seems that Rutherford and Banks were initially reluctant to replace their other long-time ally Chester Thompson with Collins Jnr but agreed after they saw Nic perform with his father at The Royal Albert Hall in 2017.
With fans hoping for a reunion ever since the 2007 tour, Mike Rutherford spoke last year about the timing of the forthcoming tour. “I think it’s a natural moment,” he said. “Phil’s been out on tour for the last two-and-a-half years and his son Nic has been drumming, so it seemed like the natural moment to have a conversation about it. We’re all still good friends, we’re all above grass and here we are!”
Genesis are among the biggest selling recording artists of all time and one of Britain’s most internationally renowned bands. They have sold an estimated 100 million albums and have played to sold-out stadiums and arenas all over the world for decades.
The evolution of Genesis is unique, their sound developed and progressed throughout their career and the current line-up of Tony Banks, Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford remained after the departures of Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett.
And Then There Were Three (1978) was the first album the band released with the current line-up and included the single Follow You Follow Me which was their first UK top ten and US top 30 single. It proved to be the start of huge commercial, global success. The albums Duke (1980), Abacab (1981), Genesis (1983), Invisible Touch (1986) and We Can’t Dance (1991) followed for the trio, alongside almost constant global stadium tours cementing the band as one of the most successful of all time.
Banks, Collins ans Rutherford reunited again in 2007 after almost 10 years for the Turn It On Again Tour which went on to be one of the biggest grossing tours on the year, playing sold-out stadiums around the world.
Genesis have released a short video from their rehearsals as a taster for the upcoming tour.
When the 2020 tour dates were first announced, they sold out within 10 minutes and additional dates were quickly added. More dates have been added to the latest 2021 schedule.
Wednesday 15 September – Dublin, 3 Arena
Thursday 16 September – Dublin, 3 Arena
Saturday18 September – Belfast, SSE Arena
Monday 20 September – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
Tuesday 21 September – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
Wednesday 22 September – Birmingham, Utilita Arena
Friday 24 September – Manchester, Arena
Saturday 25 September – Manchester, Arena
Monday 27 September – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Tuesday 28 September – Leeds, First Direct Arena
Thursday 30 September – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
Friday 1 October – Newcastle, Utilita Arena
Sunday 3 October – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Monday 4 October – Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
Thursday 7 October – Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
Friday 8 October – Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena
Monday 11 October – London, O2 Arena
Tuesday 12 October – London, O2 Arena
Wednesday 13 October – London, O2 Arena
All previously purchased tickets remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent. Tickets for all rescheduled dates are available by visiting http://www.genesis-music.com/