Seventies prog rockers Genesis are back, but are they welcomed?

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Nick Hasted writes: In their defence, there would be almost universal interest in this quintet touring one last time and a line-up with Phil Collins centre-stage would attract millions of fans. Even the partial return of Genesis provokes radically mixed emotions.

The sight of Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett lined up in a studio, albeit only to reminisce for a documentary, evokes both nostalgia and loathing. There would be almost universal interest in this quintet touring one last time. A line-up minus their original singer, Gabriel, with his replacement Phil Collins centre-stage, would also attract millions of fans. Millions more would wake screaming at the thought, believing Collins was the musical war criminal who murdered the Eighties. Even on BBC2’s documentary, out on DVD next month, Collins has the haunted look of a man walking the streets in defiance of the accusing tap on the shoulder that’s sure to come. Paul Heaton’s recent song “When I Get Back to Blighty” has no doubt of his fate: “Everyone around us agrees that Phil Collins must die.”

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