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Beyond Buffalo Springfield: A History Of Short-Lived Reunions

Not all band reunions last – Here's a look at some that seemed to be over before they began

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Genesis

Break-Up: In 1997 Genesis made the ill-fated decision to carry on without Phil Collins. Former Stiltskin singer Ray Wilson was brought into the band, and they released the new LP Calling All Stations. The disc sold extremely poorly, as did their tour. Ticket sales were so bad in America that the entire tour was called off. The tour ended in May of 1998 in Germany, and the group quietly ended afterwards.

Reunion: In November of 2005 Phil Collins came to Glasgow on his First Final Farewell tour. Backstage he met up with his former bandmates Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford to discuss a reunion tour. The plan was to perform their 1975 rock opera The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway straight through. Gabriel only wanted to do a tiny number of dates, and when he felt pressure to commit to a longer tour he bowed out of the whole thing. With him out of the picture, the 1980s line-up of Collins, Banks and Rutherford decided to tour instead. In 2007 they did 47 dates across Europe and North America.

Duration: Four months. The tour ended at the Hollywood Bowl in October of 2007. On the tour Collins dislocated some vertebrae  in his neck. It caused nerve damage in his hands, making it nearly impossible for him to play drums. Collins is now completely retired from music, and any sort of Genesis reunion seems incredibly unlikely. 

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