Genesis with Ray Wilson (1997-1998)
Genesis faced a tough decision when Phil Collins quit the band in 1996: carry on with a third lead singer or simply call it quits. It wasn't an easy call. They tested fate back in 1976 when they replaced Peter Gabriel with Phil Collins. It worked in a huge way, but there were no other great vocalists left in the band. They'd have to reach outside the group. Keyboardist Tony Banks was tempted to call it a day, but guitarist Mike Rutherford pushed for the group to continue. Their last tour packed stadiums all over the world. They felt they had enough momentum and fan loyalty to carry on with a reasonable amount of success.
Banks and Rutherford brought in Scottish singer Ray Wilson, best known for his tenure in Stilltskin. The group were unknowns in America, but their 1994 single "Inside" was a minor hit in England. Genesis cut a new album entitled Calling All Stations. To say it was a commercial disappointment would be a gross understatement. Nobody bought it. Nobody cared. They had to cancel an American theater tour due to complete lack of interest. After a brief European tour they called it quits. Ray Wilson now plays Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins solo songs at clubs all over Europe. It's sad when the clear highlight of your career is the absolute low point for everyone else involved in the project.