The classic five-man lineup of Genesis will join forces for a definitive BBC documentary on the group. Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Steve Hackett were photographed together for the first time in 15 years to publicize Genesis: Together And Apart, which is set to air on BBC 2 and BBC America. The project will mark one of but a few times the five-man lineup has worked together since Gabriel's defection in 1975 and Hackett's exit two years later.
The classic lineup performed only once with all five members in 1982 -- with Hackett only joining the band for the encore; in 1999 for a re-recording of their 1974 classic renamed "The Carpet Crawlers ’99" for their compilation, Turn It On Again: The Hits; and in 2007 all five members contributed to the band's official testimony, Genesis: Chapter And Verse.
No firm details regarding the project, including whether the five members will perform together live or in private -- or even a projected air date -- have been announced.
Following their sold-out 2007 world tour and several years of a prolonged hiatus, we asked Tony Banks if by compiling the recent boxed set collections of their studio and live catalogues, it signaled a closing of the shop: "I sort of think it is in some ways, isn't it? But that would never stop you from doing it again if something comes up. And I think the box sets, to me, were the things I really enjoyed doing because. . . for the chance to go over the old material and make it sound, y'know, as good as we possibly could, I felt. As far as everything else, the playing is something that could always be done at any time. I can't see us ever doing any writing together again. But in terms of doing it again -- it's always a possibility. We're all getting on a bit now. I know Mick Jagger's out there -- but even so."
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