Genesis cancel remaining four UK tour dates after band members test positive for coronavirus
The Genesis reunion tour – The Last Domino? – and probably also their last farewell, seems cursed by bad luck. In a band statement posted on their social networks on Friday, October 8, they announced that the final four concerts of this tour have had to be postponed.
Several cases of coronavirus among members of the band were cited as the reason for the cancellation. Genesis were due to perform tonight in Glasgow, with three final concerts in London next week. After that, they were scheduled to fly to the United States to continue the tour.
There has been no clarification as to which members of the band had tested for the virus, only that “members” – in the plural – had tested positive. They took time to point out that they feel “frustrated and devastated”, in having to isolate, and that they “hate having to take these measures, but the safety of the public and the team is a priority”.
They assured that the cancelled concerts will be rescheduled, but there was no mention of when. In mid-November, the band is due to start another run of shows in Canada and the US.
Announced in early March 2020, the tour, their first for 14 years, was twice cancelled due to the pandemic, finally kicking off on September 20 this year. They have already completed gigs in Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, and Manchester, playing smaller venues than in their heyday.
The band features Phil Collins’ son Nic on drums
The current lineup features 70-year-old Phil Collins on vocals, along with original Genesis founding members, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks. This trio is accompanied on bass by Daryl Stuermer, with Phil Collins’ son, Nic Collins, on drums.
Phil, due to his recent health problems is no longer able to hold the drumsticks and has to sit down to sing. Having said that, he has still managed to hold down two and a half hour performances in each of the shows, featuring all of the iconic band’s hits, from a back-catalogue that reaches back to the late 1960s, as reported by diariodesevilla.es.
— Genesis (@genesis_band) October 8, 2021
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