Genesis are back and to hell with the critics. They never liked ...

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Genesis are back and to hell with the critics. They never liked them anyway

The music snobs may sniff, but this reunion is one to cherish, and there are a legion of fans who will agree

Neil McCormick

The return of Genesis may be the least surprising reunion yet. Indeed, it was never particularly clear why they broke up in the first place. They were incredibly successful, selling more than 100 million albums, topping charts and touring stadiums around the world. And if you ask each of them, they genuinely enjoyed playing music together and never fell out.

“I’d love to get Genesis back together,” drummer and vocalist Phil Collins told me in 2015. “We still get along, always have done.”

Indeed, in a 2014 TV documentary, Genesis: Together and Apart, in which all five members of the classic 1970s progressive rock line-up of the band cheerfully participated, including singer Peter Gabriel (who left in 1975 and went on to solo superstardom) and guitarist Steve Hackett (who left in 1977 but still tours playing Genesis material), they looked less like a swaggering gang of old rockers than a genteel gathering of a local gardening club...

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