|Tour by Genesis|
|Start date||15 September 2021|
|End date||16 December 2021|
|No. of shows||40|
|Genesis concert chronology|
The Last Domino? Tour is an upcoming concert tour by English rock band Genesis, staged following the announcement of their reunion after a 14-year hiatus. It will feature the core trio of keyboardist Tony Banks, drummer/singer Phil Collins, and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford, the most successful and longest-lasting line-up in the band's history, with Daryl Stuermer on guitars and bass, and Collins' son Nic on drums.
The tour will comprise 40 shows across the United Kingdom, Ireland, the United States, and Canada between 15 September and 16 December 2021, marking the first Genesis performances since the trio reunited for the Turn It On Again Tour in 2007. It has been rescheduled twice due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Genesis last saw activity in 2007 when drummer/singer Phil Collins reunited with keyboardist Tony Banks and bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford to reform the trio line-up. They completed the Turn It On Again Tour, after which the group entered a 14-year hiatus. During this time, former members Anthony Phillips, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett reunited with the three core members for the 2014 BBC documentary, Genesis: Together and Apart . Since 2011, the five have expressed mixed opinions about a reunion of the five-piece line-up of the band.A return to group activity became possible when Collins ended a five-year retirement from music in 2015 and embarked on his Not Dead Yet Tour, which ended in October 2019 and featured his teenage son Nic Collins on drums. Banks and Rutherford followed with interest in touring with Collins again, and Rutherford even joined Collins onstage for a performance of "Follow You Follow Me" on the tour.
On 22 January 2020, the trio were spotted at a basketball game in New York City, which prompted speculations of a potential reunion.Banks said later that the band had spent some time in the city to discuss the possibility of another tour, and gave people the excuse that they were in fact together for a mutual friend's wedding. Banks said that Gabriel and Hackett had not been contacted to participate, reasoning the difficulty in getting everyone on board to do the tour. Rehearsals took place with Nic Collins and Genesis's longtime live guitarist Daryl Stuermer. The first songs they played were "Land of Confusion" and "No Son of Mine" as they were considered not technically difficult. Banks praised Nic's drumming style, which he compared to his father in his youth, and said his approach to the songs gave the opportunity for the group to perform songs that they had previously avoided. Rutherford was pleased with the sound that they achieved during these sessions, which he compared as darker to his side group, Mike + the Mechanics, and picked the instrumental sections as particularly strong. American musician Dave Kerzner, who had assisted Banks with his keyboard rig for the 2007 tour, was invited back to update Banks's set-ups with longtime Genesis associates, technical assistant Geoff Callingham and producer Nick Davis.
The success of the initial try-outs in New York City led to the group's decision to enter full production rehearsals in October and November 2020,which were planned to take place in Miami, Florida before they relocated to LH2 Studios in west London. Prog magazine received permission to attend a session and photographed the group at work. Patrick Woodroffe, who had worked on the 2007 tour, was rehired as show director. The stage design involves a lighting system, a large video screen, and fog effects to interpret the music. As Woodroffe had previously worked with Genesis and befriended the group, he had a clear idea as to what kind of lighting would suit them and knew that they are "musicians first and foremost." At the time of the London rehearsals, Genesis had worked through as many as 24 songs for a proposed two-hour show. A typical daily schedule involved a brief sound check, followed by the group performing the entire set without a break, partly to help Collins strengthen his vocals. Woodroffe and his team observed the production and made notes on any necessary changes to lighting or video cues. The band agreed to have a "very little" amount of live shots of members performing on the screen to place greater emphasis on the visuals. On the final two days of production rehearsals, a 20-person film crew were hired to film Genesis performing the set.
On 22 January 2021, the day the tour was rescheduled for a second time, Genesis released a 50-second preview video of the band rehearsing with their chosen stage design. The video revealed the group playing the opening to "Behind the Lines" from Duke (1980).The clip also revealed Genesis performing with two male backing vocalists, a first for the band.
On 3 March 2020, BBC Radio 2 advertised on Twitter that "a massive band" is to announce their reunion on the following morning's edition of The Radio 2 Breakfast Show with host Zoe Ball.The trio were revealed as live guests and announced their reformation and the tour, which initially comprised 10 dates in Ireland and the UK between 16 November and 11 December 2020. The tour is named after the second part of the song "Domino" from Invisible Touch (1986). Earlier that week, a picture of the trio was posted on the group's official Instagram page with the caption: "And then there were three.", a reference to ...And Then There Were Three... (1978), their first album recorded as a three-piece.
Pre-sale tickets went on sale at on 5 March 2020 for O2 Priority and Live Nation members, followed by a general sale on 6 March from 9 a.m.The first wave of general sale tickets sold out within ten minutes, which prompted the addition of six dates after one hour to meet demand. One extra show was added in Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, and Glasgow, bringing the total number of shows to 16. On 9 March a second show in Dublin, scheduled for 17 November, was added. On 24 July 2020, the tour was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the new dates taking place between 1 and 30 April 2021. On the same day, an additional date in Birmingham on 7 April and in London on 30 April was added, bringing the total number to 19. On 22 January 2021, the 19 shows were rescheduled once more, this time from 15 September to 13 October.
In April 2021, Rutherford said that dates in the United States are possible for late 2021 and that the group "are confident, they want to do it."On 29 April, the band announced 14 dates in the United States and Canada between 15 November and 15 December, with pre-sale tickets going on sale on 7 May, followed by general sale on 9 May, only through Ticketmaster. This brings the total number of concerts to 33. On 6 May, an extra show in Chicago, Montreal, and New York City was added due to demand, followed by an extra show in Philadelphia and Boston on 10 May. A second date in Toronto was added on 25 May. In June, the band's first ever date in Raleigh, North Carolina was announced for 19 November, bringing the total number of shows to 40.
On 29 July 2021, Genesis announced a companion greatest hits album, The Last Domino? – The Hits. The set will contain the studio versions of various songs throughout their history, and will be released on 17 September.
Rolling Stone reported that the setlist is "a closely-guarded secret".At the time of the tour's announcement, Collins said that songs "based more on my drumming" would not be performed, and he added that despite his inability to play the drums due to ill health, "I'll be doing my best to play some bits" alongside Nic. Nic Collins said the group rehearsed songs that he had "known for ages" and was familiar with "Firth of Fifth" and "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)" from Selling England by the Pound (1973), but he had to learn songs he was also unfamiliar with, a process which made him a bigger Genesis fan than before. He revealed that "Los Endos", an instrumental from A Trick of the Tail (1976), and the final ten minutes of the 23-minute epic "Supper's Ready" from Foxtrot (1972) were rehearsed, but did not say if they were chosen in the final running order.
(Tickets sold / total available)
|18 September||Belfast||Northern Ireland||SSE Arena Belfast||—||—|
|20 September||Birmingham||England||Utilita Arena Birmingham||—||—|
|24 September||Manchester||AO Arena||—||—|
|27 September||Leeds||First Direct Arena||—||—|
|30 September||Newcastle||Utilita Arena Newcastle||—||—|
|3 October||Liverpool||M&S Bank Arena||—||—|
|7 October||Glasgow||Scotland||SSE Hydro||—||—|
|11 October||London||England||The O2 Arena||—||—|
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|15 November||Chicago||United States||United Center||—||—|
|18 November||Washington, D.C.||Capital One Arena||—||—|
|19 November||Raleigh||PNC Arena||—||—|
|20 November||Charlotte||Spectrum Center||—||—|
|22 November||Montreal||Canada||Bell Centre||—||—|
|25 November||Toronto||Scotiabank Arena||—||—|
|27 November||Buffalo||United States||KeyBank Center||—||—|
|29 November||Detroit||Little Caesars Arena||—||—|
|30 November||Cleveland||Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse||—||—|
|2 December||Philadelphia||Wells Fargo Center||—||—|
|5 December||New York City||Madison Square Garden||—||—|
|8 December||Columbus||Nationwide Arena||—||—|
|10 December||Elmont||UBS Arena||—||—|
|13 December||Pittsburgh||PPG Paints Arena||—||—|
|15 December||Boston||TD Garden||—||—|