It looks like The Last Domino is truly about to fall. Genesis' long-awaited tour - their first since 2007 - was announced in 2020 just before COVID-19 changed the world's plans. But now The Last Domino? Tour is ready to roll, with dates locked in both in Europe and North America at the end of the year.
Fans had to wait even longer for the Turn It On Again tour, of course: it took place 15 years after Genesis took on the world in support of 1991's We Can't Dance. But there's a handful of songs we'd love to hear on this next - and possibly final - go-round. Here's a handful of cuts from Genesis' four blockbuster '80s albums that didn't make the last set list but would be great to hear now.
"Supper's Ready" (1972): Depending on who you ask, Genesis "changed" when they became the current three-piece of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford...or they got a whole lot easier to listen to. We like their more estoeric period as much as their time as radio hitmakers, but we'd go wild if they dusted off any of the epic suite that makes up most of the second side of Foxtrot. Touring drummer Nic Collins (Phil's son) has suggested parts of it have been rehearsed, but the final set list is still one of rock's most closely-kept secrets thus far - so time will tell if we'll get to hear it or not.
"The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" (1974): There are surely some who'd probably like to see Genesis - the "classic" five-piece version, with vocalist Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett - make their way through the entirety of the prog classic The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. For our part, we'd be happy to hear that soaring opening track in Phil's voice.
"Your Own Special Way" (1976): one of the most beautiful tracks of Genesis' intermediate period, after Gabriel left but before Hackett followed, was this ballad, brought to the fore by bassist and future bassist/guitarist Mike Rutherford. Those who like the more straightforward rock sound of the band in the years after this could hear this, from the album Wind and Wuthering, as an incredible starting point.
"Behind the Lines" (1980): OK, so this is technically a cheat - the opener to Duke was heard, albeit in instrumental form, as an intro to the Turn It On Again set list. But Phil's vocal makes for a fun counter-melody to the song's monster riff, and not even lowering the song a few steps to accommodate his slightly deeper voice could reduce its charm.
"That's All" (1983): Genesis' self-titled effort has been well-represented in concert, with most of the album's unimpeachable first side, including "Mama" and "Home by the Sea"/"Second Home by the Sea" locked in as live staples. That's oddly not the case for the band's first U.S. Top 10, relegated to their "Old Medley" in the '90s. We think it's just a shame - that's all.
"The Brazilian" (1986): Genesis in the '80s was Phil, Tony and Mike, but let's not forget one of the group's secret weapons: touring musician Daryl Stuermer, who ably filled in for guitar and bass alongside Rutherford after Hackett left. This instrumental closer to Invisible Touch would be a perfect opportunity for Daryl to shine, alongside Nic Collins, following in his father's footsteps as a percussionist par excellence.