Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2010

Inducted by: Trey Anastasio

Nominated in: 2010

First Eligible: 1994 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Peter Gabriel, Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Steve Hackett and Mike Rutherford

Snubbed Members: Anthony Phillips

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2003 (ranked #96) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Selling England By the Pound (1973)
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
Abacab (1981)
Invisible Touch (1986)
We Can't Dance (1991)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Watcher of the Skies (1972)
Supper's Ready (1972)
The Carpet Crawlers (1974)
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (1974)
Follow You Follow Me (1978)
Misunderstanding (1980)
Abacab (1981)
That's All (1983)
Land Of Confusion (1986)
Invisible Touch (1986)

Genesis @ Wikipedia

Genesis Videos


113 comments so far (post your own)

Critically acclaimed in the Gabriel years, among the most popular bands in the Collins years. Where is the love?

Posted by A-Killa on Friday, 10.20.06 @ 06:42am

I really don't understand the Hall's vendetta against all progressive acts. When they do finally get around to addressing prog, Genesis should be among the first, along with King Crimson, Procul Harem, and ELP.

Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 11.15.06 @ 15:58pm

My favorite band of all that spawned the successful solo careers of its members as well. Truly unique in their work. And they are touring again!

Posted by APSR on Saturday, 11.18.06 @ 23:55pm

Genesis has been in the top 10 on this poll:
for over 2 years.
According to the fans voting on this poll, Genesis is one of the most deserving yet overlooked artists.

Posted by Garrett on Wednesday, 11.29.06 @ 16:30pm

Yay, let's talk Genesis.

My previous exposure with this band is mostly through the big 80's hits and music videos with Phil.

But I'm a big Peter Gabriel fan, so I've started to dabble in the older stuff, mostly through YouTube videos.

And well, I like it. A lot. Some's a bit excessive, and the lyrics don't always hit the mark, but it kind of sounds like rock 'n' roll Grimm's fairytales or something. They had a certain whimsy and sense of adventure, as well as a defined aesthetic. They also sounded kind of raw despite an obvious attention to musicianship. I like that juxtaposition.

But this band doesn't really get any respect. And they're more difficult to judge, because judges are placed in the position of having to like two very different eras that aren't exactly compatible. Who would their votes be based on, the arty but underground Gabriel band, or the increasingly commercial, arena Collins band?

But still, highly enjoyable for the most part, though I still prefer solo Gabriel.

Posted by Matt on Sunday, 02.11.07 @ 11:33am

So they may not have been exactly innovative but how many Damn #1 hits did they have in the 80s and even into the 90s just the sheer fact that they were one of the biggest most succesful groups in the 80s and 90s should account for something.

Posted by D on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 16:30pm

Un-freaking-believable that for 14 years this legendary band has been eligable and is not in. The Hall of Fame should be categorically embarassed these guys are still outside in the rain. They deserve an apology.

Posted by shwan on Saturday, 05.5.07 @ 15:11pm

Genesis is in the news these days, with a new tour and being on by VH1 Rock Honors (though how much of an "honor" that represents is debatable). The Hall likes to honor bands that happen to have a big tour going on and/or a new album out. Could this finally lead to a Hall nomination for Genesis?

Posted by A-Killa on Monday, 05.21.07 @ 10:11am

" Could this finally lead to a Hall nomination for Genesis?"

God I hope so! The Hall could start to fill in the many, many gaps it has along its rock history timeline with the 2008 ballot.
I think a good, solid induction class would be:
King Crimson
The Stooges
Steve Miller Band
Billy Preston
Hall & Oates

Posted by Shawn Mc on Monday, 05.21.07 @ 11:38am

Maybe the Hall ought to swallow its pride, hold its nose, and just get the prog rock inductions out of the way in one year. How about a class of:

King Crimson
Moody Blues

Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 05.21.07 @ 11:50am

That's not a bad idea! It would finally silence the accusations of snubbery, well desreved as they are so far.
Would Supertramp be a logical coatails rider in this prog parade?

Posted by Shawn Mc on Monday, 05.21.07 @ 12:43pm

I don't like the idea of an induction being devoted entirely to one sub-genre. Prog should be gradually brought in and integrated among the other bands. How about:

King Crimson
The Stooges
The Replacements
Sonic Youth
Roxy Music

Posted by Kit on Monday, 05.21.07 @ 15:35pm

Replace Roxy Music with Big Star and that's a list I'd love also, Kit.
But to scratch the mainstream itch the Hall has, you may need to either add one more inductee there or swap one out with Sonic Youth.
The Hall must have The Replacements in it; it must.

Posted by Shawn Mc on Monday, 05.21.07 @ 18:38pm

Genesis should be in next year:

Beastie Boys

Posted by KVP on Monday, 05.28.07 @ 16:44pm

This band was rubbish.

Posted by pturner on Friday, 07.27.07 @ 11:05am

Genesis doesn't need the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame to say that they were an awesome band, especially when Peter Gabriel was the frontman. They should snub the hall of fame just like they did Top of the Pops back in the early seventies.

Posted by IRENE on Sunday, 07.29.07 @ 22:44pm

"Invisible Touch" as the essential album??? EWWWYUCK! Their biggest moneymaker, yea-haw, but where they began to go downhill and just be a backup band for Collins.
I'd vote for either "Abacab", "Duke" or "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway".
Bad call, Future Rock Hall!

Posted by shawn on Friday, 09.21.07 @ 17:47pm

I quite like Invisible Touch - I think it's gotten a bad rap. But it's definitely not representative of the whole of Genesis' work. "Duke" would probably be the best choice as it falls right in the middle of their relevant career, and has elements of both experimental prog stuff and radio-friendly pop.

Posted by A-Killa on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 11:30am

Someone tell me why they think Sonic Youth deserves induction before Genesis. Nothing bad to say here about S.Y. -- just setting up the dilemma of how youi can justify ignoring a band like Genesis one more year if it's a choice for that last spot (assuming they insist once again on velvet roping it off at 5 freakin inductees).

Posted by shawn on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 14:58pm

It's not a direct competition... but Sonic Youth has had a far bigger impact on the perpetuation of rock and roll than Genesis.

Posted by al on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 15:31pm

"It's not a direct competition..."

Understood, but how do you justify Sonic Youth over a legendary band that has been passed over 14 years running?

"..but Sonic Youth has had a far bigger impact on the perpetuation of rock and roll than Genesis."

OK - can you elaborate? Make a case.

Posted by shawn on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 15:41pm

Genesis had a solid 5 year run in the 70s where they put out Rock Hall-worthy music. Sonic Youth have had a 20+ year run that still continues (2006's Rather Ripped was on a ton of year end best lists). And I'm willing to bet there are way more rock kids who listen to (and look up to) SY than Genesis. Certainly future hall of famers like Pearl Jam and Nirvana owe more to Sonic Youth (and idolize them). Who is a future hall of famer that owes anything to Genesis?

Posted by al on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 16:00pm

For pure quality of product Sonic Youth has it over Genesis I'll concede.. and perhaps that is all there is to be said. Again, I was just taking S.Y. as a comparative because they are a newby eligible, whereas Genesis has been forsaken since 1994, and at some point I just feel that their longevity and success - with a quota of quality musicianship required - begins to trump a first year's pedigree. But perhaps Sonic Youth is too iconic to challenge and I picked the wrong side-by side.

As for future Hallers who owe something to Genesis, I might suggest Kate Bush, Rush, Jeff Buckley and others I am sure.

Posted by shawn on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 16:53pm

I think Genesis has been pretty, pretty big. From Wiki (for whatever it is worth):

"With approximately 150 million albums sold worldwide, Genesis is among the top 30 highest-selling recording artists of all time."

BTW, I don't think Rush cites Genesis as an influence. They do cite 'Yes', but not Genesis...

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 18:22pm

BTW, just for the record, I never cared much for the music of Genesis.

Posted by Anonymous on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 18:25pm

Very well said, Al.

The only thing I can add to that is while Genesis were undoubtedly at the forefront of their movement, Sonic Youth was ahead of their time by at least seven years.

Posted by Kit on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 20:00pm

How about Genesis vs Madonna?
Genesis vs Metallica?
Genesis vs Beastie Boys?

This, in the context of one beating the other out for induction this year. Remember, Genesis has been on deck for 14 years.

Posted by shawn on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 20:08pm

I agree, Shawn, that "Invisible Touch" is not the right choice for the quintessential Genesis album. It needs to be something from the Peter Gabriel era like The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway or Selling England By The Pound.

Genesis, however, remained in the shadow of The Moody Blues for a few years-so any Genesis induction would have to wait till MB's and KC were already in.

I believe Genesis was in decline from the time Hackett left...

The only other "artists" I can think of besides the ones Shawn mentioned that were influenced by Genesis would be Styx & Kansas.

Posted by SG on Monday, 09.24.07 @ 20:13pm

"The only other "artists" I can think of besides the ones Shawn mentioned that were influenced by Genesis would be Styx & Kansas."

God, I was hoping no one would bring that up.

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 00:35am

I knew just the mention of those names Styx and Kansas would be like lighting a cigarette in a fireworks factory....but hey, when you're that famous you're bound to influence the mediocre along with the good....look at it that way.

Posted by SG on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 00:42am

God, I wish I had a band that could be as successful as those two "mediocre" bands.

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 05:56am

"God, I wish I had a band that could be as successful as those two "mediocre" bands."

And I wish I had a magic leprechaun who shits $100 bils for me on request - we're comparing musical/songwriting/innovation/artistic significance right now, I thought, which translates into a sliding scale of quality and then influence. Nobody disputes the money Kansas and Styx earned, but what's your point?

Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 08:40am

I knew what was being compared Shawn. I was trying to bring the conversation back to the "real world." There was no point except to say that whatever endeavor or profession one is involved in, I could only wish for the fame, money and success those bands had.

I was sort of being sarcastic because they were referred to as being "mediocre." Well, gheez,they were obviously beyond mediocrity. Sure, I agree they were not "pioneers" of rock or a "major" influence or force in rock, but those honors go to the rare few. The rest of us poor chaps, just have to have plain old regular success, or at least hope for it. So, my point was one of, does anyone really think that Kansas or Styx had no influence on other subsequent rock artists. Obviously, may be not as much as other bands might have, but purely on a statistical basis, it would be almost impossible for them to not have had some influence.

Plus, I am sure they do not care if they get in the "hall." It is apparently only us phony "critics" that do (you know the ones that who have never played a lick on an instrument or wrote a lyric)- last time I checked I did not see Dennis DeYoung or Kelly Livgren on these posts...

Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 09.25.07 @ 17:03pm

We Can't Dance is so far from being their essential album it's not even funny. If that's how they are being judged, no wonder they aren't in yet. Obvioulsy they go by sales alone. Try Foxtrot or . . .And Then There Were Three or even Invisible Touch if you want to go that route! These guys should be in no question . . . even Gabriel for his solo work.

Posted by Seamus on Friday, 11.2.07 @ 11:02am

Does anyone here know from what the FUCK source this site is basing its "Essential Album" decision? I have seen some ridiculous choices; get it right, Future Hall Admin, or please don't embarass yourself with a silly feature like this.

Posted by shawn on Friday, 11.2.07 @ 14:37pm

For the umpteen millionth time, the "Essential Album" feature is based on the most-played album by (Audioscrobbler) users. itself does not refer to those albums as "essential." It is purely numbers-based.

Posted by William on Saturday, 11.3.07 @ 00:01am

How did you know this fact, William? (I believe you - just want to know)

Posted by shawn on Saturday, 11.3.07 @ 09:38am

It says so, Shawn, in the upper left-hand column of this page below "Search This Site" then right under the "Latest Rock Hall" links.

Posted by SG on Saturday, 11.3.07 @ 22:31pm

OK, so now that I am clear on the Audioscrobbler source, I think I'd like to say - what a crock-O-shit.
So this FRHOF site is choosing to apply the tag "Essential" to whatever album is belched out by the numbers tallied from people's playlists?

Essential implies to me a neccesity of ownership in order to understand the best of, or at least the essence of and artist. Essential says, "if you're going to buy one album by this artist... this is the one that comes closest to defining their sound/spirit/style/contribution.

I assumed that this site had the balls to actually proffer their opinion in this intimate recomendation - and a recomendation it absolutely is. What pussies. What a cop-out. What a mercurial, shallow, MEANINGLESS source for something "Essential" a bean counting computer program is.

Shame on you Future Hall - remove the title "Essential" with "Most Played", or how about this: grow a pair and make an interesting judgment call on each artist's album of essence.

Posted by shawn on Sunday, 11.4.07 @ 21:56pm

Wow, that really upset you - take it easy.

Posted by therapistjoe on Monday, 11.5.07 @ 03:13am

"They deserve an apology."

Gabriel does, but Collins does not, as he is a bald little prick who sees fit to swap his wife in for a younger model ever few years, and to have a rubbish solo-career.

Posted by liam on Thursday, 11.22.07 @ 15:38pm

"he is a bald little prick who sees fit to swap his wife in for a younger model ever few years."

Lucky bastard!

Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 11.22.07 @ 16:23pm

Genesis was a great part of the prog rock genre yet Prog rock is a genre that the Hall snubs in disrespect. Who can't listen to "No Reply At All"
or "Turn It On Again" and say that Genesis is a contender for the Hall? The answer is assholes like Jann Wenner, who should focus on RnR acts, and especially acts like Genesis who've left a memorable note in RnR

Posted by sidney on Wednesday, 12.12.07 @ 20:47pm

Genesis were prog rock leaders during the 1970,s Many of todays musicians were influenced by the members of Genesis,past and present.
They were often known as a "musicians band" and are greatly respected for albums like F
Foxtrot,Selling England By The Pound,The Lamb,ect.Unfortunatly Prog rock never got the respect from the "higher ups" and in the early days not alot of people made enough money on them.

Posted by dave on Thursday, 12.13.07 @ 19:03pm

I don't think many of the Prog Rock bands of the 70's will get real serious consideration. It's a shame really. If they won't induct Genesis, at the very least induct Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. Both have made huge impacts on music. If Madonna gets in, then why can't they?

Posted by Drew on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 08:00am

The HoF will have to handle Genesis very carefully to avoid greatly irritating me (and alo of others, presumably). If the Collins-led line up even gets CONSIDERED, you'll know about it, Wenner.

Posted by Liam on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 13:59pm

Look, anyone who heard these guys play on their '08 tour knows that even in their 50's, they play twice as well as 90% of the musicians in the hall ever did in their prime!

Progressive rock has its place in rock and roll history if for no other reason than it showed the rock world that popular music could be "composed" of more than 3-4 chords and in more than just the 4/4 time signature. It is a disgrace to consider The Dave Clark Five and ZZ-Top and some of the other inductees as even remotely in the same league as Genesis. And if "sales" is what counts, check who had one of the top grossing tours of the year, this year!

I'm a music educator who appreicates a variety of music, especially Rock and Roll. I'd like to think that the hall of fame for Rock and Roll cares a little bit about musicianship. If they do, then Genesis deserves a trip to the hall!

Posted by Joe Romano - West Babylon, NY on Wednesday, 03.19.08 @ 20:42pm

Although I can call myself a fan, why haven't they been inducted yet? I mean, Madonna was inducted before them? Before Rush??


Posted by aquadonia on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 04:02am

There has to be a spot for this band. They dominated late70's and early 80's both as a band and solo artists.You don't have to like every
deserving artists' work to recognize their importance to the industry.

Posted by mik hannon on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 15:37pm

There has to be a spot for this band. They dominated late70's and early 80's both as a band and solo artists.You don't have to like every
deserving artists' work to recognize their importance to the industry.

Posted by mik hannon on Tuesday, 08.26.08 @ 15:37pm

This band has been around so long and constantly was ahead of the curve in both style & sound. Look at the solo careers of the members, all went different directions and were still great. This band needs serious consideration.

Posted by Adam on Thursday, 09.11.08 @ 10:41am

a no-brainer they should be there. Plus it would be great to see Peter Gabriel play with the current lineup at their induction.

Posted by TimO on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:59pm

WAY too much insanity here. "not influential"? They're practically the godfathers of prog rock, and I'm sorry to say, probably had some influence on the alternative scene. That list, I'm sure, is HUGE! If this surprises you, here's another news flash - Peter Gabriel used to be their lead singer!

Looking for "the essential" album? Selling England by the Pound. Need something a little more merging of old and new? Go straight for the border - Trick of the Tail.

Now, excuse me Kansas-haters - if you have "anything" bad to say about them (another news flash) - I'd recommend you start listening to the songs "not" titled, "Dust in the Wind", "Carry On, Wayward Son", and "Point of Know Return". While they are all good songs, they in no way indicate how great a band they actually are. Listen to everything else on the Point of Know Return album, or their self-titled debut album. Heck, check out the youtube cut of Journey from Mariabronn.

Posted by DT7 on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 18:05pm

well said DT7.....Masque and Leftoverture should be noted as well....Wayward Son and Dust is just barely scratching the surface with Kansas. I am not sure why those songs get criticized as if they are frivorous pop songs or something.....the lyrics state otherwise. Pinnacle, Miracles Out of Nowhere, Hopelessly Human, etc. are great examples of prog rock as well.....great band. I think the Kansas-haters are those who kind-of group them in with that dreaded "corporate rock" tag desinated to other successful bands like Journey, Foreigner, Boston, etc......totally different band from them.....although I like those bands too.

Posted by bquest on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 16:47pm



Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins will each be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the Performers Category, like every other performer from the 60s, 70s. They are not early influence, they are not sidemen, the are not non-performers, and they are not getting a lifetime achievement or special award from the Rock Hall. The other members of Genesis are not going to be nominated or inducted into the Rock Hall for their solo works because it's not neccesary. They didn't do much, and their solo work is not remembered by the masses.

Once again, Genesis, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins will each be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the performers category. That's it! No one else! No other category!


Posted by RAKER on Monday, 10.27.08 @ 06:41am


I'm not too big on English progressive rock, the Germans did it better, but Genesis and King Crimson should get in. Genesis were better craftsmen than the other UK prog rockers, with the exception of Pink Floyd, and King Crimson showed a willingness to experiment with decidedly un-prog music (in the eyes of prog snobs anyway.)

As for the other English progressive rock, it's maybe for Yes and a definite NO for Emerson, Lake, and Palmer. Robert Wyatt probably deserves consideration before either of them but he'll probably never get in.

Posted by Jonas on Friday, 12.19.08 @ 02:34am

Why the hell they aren't that list? Genesis where almost whole 70's biggest prog.rock bands and 80's they plus Phil Collins had most top40 hits of the whole world bands. It's almost scandal,the have to get there i hope so!!!

Posted by bastico on Thursday, 01.15.09 @ 12:57pm

Genesis' overall body of work is much more listenable than King Crimson's. I am a lover of KC's music but I know filler when I hear it and there are some KC songs that are just that. Its noise, or its windchimes, moonchimes, y'know just soundspace. Sometimes KC just doesn't sound human.

On the other hand most of Genesis' lengthier compositions were tight/well composed and very very melodic. Robert Fripp is an amazing guitarist but Steve Hackett's guitar work in Genesis is insane.

I know its hard to compare guitar players but Fripp is so damn technical, whereas Hackett plays with soul and doesn't sound like he's playing in a laboratory.

When I hear King Crimson, its mainly mellotron and saxes, but Genesis had multiple persona's, Gabriel's vocal wierdness, Bank's majestic organ/mellotrons, Collin's solid drumming, Hackett's very distinct guitar playing All four of those Genesis members made big contributions to their sound. Sure Mike Rutherford was in the band but he was a lightweight compared to the other 4.

I had the pleasure of going to one of Genesis' first US concerts, Princeton, NJ in 1971 during the Foxtrot era when Gabriel shaved part of his head and wore robes singing "Watcher of the Skies". It was almost as mind bending as the first time I saw Pink Floyd in '69 singing "Astronomy Domine", which was quite chilling.

Gabriel's presence on stage was theater for rockers. I believe he may have influenced Bowie in a strange way, that is making rock singing theatrical.

As solo artists I can take or leave any of the Genesis guys. None of them make the same sound as they did as a group. A couple of the Hackett albums in the 70's had a few songs that recaptured their sound, but overall his albums weren't enough to keep one totally interested.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 03.11.09 @ 19:51pm

Genesis took theatrical concepts along with classical music influence and made pure musical poetry - both onstage in in the studio. Their influence on musicians is undeniable. When they lost their lead voice, they replaced him from within the band and achieved even GREATER success. When the public's interest in progressive rock began to wane, they turned themselves into a chart-topping hit machine and even managed to dominate the new medium of music video with three VERY average-looking guys. Like their contemporaries Yes, ELP, King Crimson, and The Moody Blues, Genesis deserve to be inducted for very OBVIOUS reasons! Who runs that organization anyway? GEEESH!

Posted by Vince on Sunday, 03.15.09 @ 22:22pm

No disagreements, Moodies should get in first due to seniority. Genesis should follow. Yes, than King Crimson. ELP would be last on my list but they too are HOF material.

Genesis made great records but as a live band they were better than any of the other progressive bands you mentioned.

I had the opportunity to see all mentioned with the original lineups live from 1970-1974. King Crimson was into their second lineup when I saw them. Genesis easily was stronger on stage than the others. The Moody Blues did also put on very good concerts.

ELP's performances never impressed me in concert. Emerson's synthesizer playing got very noisy and he played stuff that frankly was alot of distortion. They really went after the audience with a lot of volume but it wasn't anything like Genesis.

Yes in concert was also disappointing. I love their studio recordings but my recollections of seeing them live was way too much soloing that became pointless, off-key singing and a uninteresting stage act. They were such good musicians but I don't think they came together as a live band, they were more like 5 soloists playing as a band.

The one time I saw King Crimson they were on the bill with ELP so I remember quite a bit of that show. For me it got wierd sounding and I didn't think they had a good chemistry as a live band. Similar to Yes but without as many good songs.

Genesis live was really astonishing. Beautiful melodies, great solo's, dramatic costumes. Just arty/heady music that was like fine dining. It left you full after the show.

Posted by Ed on Wednesday, 03.18.09 @ 13:12pm

Genesis is just one of those bands whose music still holds up as good as it was when it was first made. Albeit as Phil Collins has said they, "have never been fashionable" and they have still been able to sell an estimated 150 million albums world-wide. They are in the top 30 of the highest-selling recording artists of all-time. They have kept thier core audience from when they were one of the most important art/progressive-rock bands to when they became a softer pop-rock band. Bands as different as Marillion and Dream Theater claim to be influenced by them. If someone actually says this band is not qualified for the hall than they might be insane.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 05.2.09 @ 21:35pm



Posted by Bingo on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 18:57pm

Yes Bingo, that is good

Let's hope Genesis gets in soon

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 06.17.09 @ 18:59pm

Thanks Keebord. But I seriously hope they'll get in sometime in the near future. Better sooner than later. Good luck to you.

Posted by Bingo on Thursday, 06.18.09 @ 18:11pm

Who do you think will be giving the induction speech for Genesis? A predecessor, a contemporary, or a follower?

Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Paul Carrack, Philip Bailey, Billy Joel, Dave Matthews

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 07:02am


Posted by QAZ on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 07:05am


Eric Clapton, Pete Townsend, David Gilmour, Paul Carrack, Philip Bailey, Elton John, Billy Joel, Sting, Dave Matthews?

Posted by RAKER on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 07:28am


Almost no group in rock history has had such a long and varied career as Genesis, who began as a cult art-rock band in England in the late 1960ís and went on to pack stadiums across the globe in the 1980ís, 1990ís and on their 2007 reunion tour. In the early 1970ís frontman Peter Gabriel shocked audiences and grabbed headlines by taking the stages in outrageous costumes and occasionally even levitating about the audience. Their music was equally innovative, and early albums Selling England By The Pound and The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway are two of the most acclaimed prog-rock albums in the history of the genre. In 1975 Gabriel left the band to pursue a solo career and drummer Phil Collins stepped out from behind the kit to take over. The band experienced many more hits and successful worldwide tours over the next 30 years.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 09.23.09 @ 10:42am

There is no way that Genesis will be passed over this year!! They've got lots of big name inductees as friends who will be voting for them! Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson, and Elton John just to name a few! They'll make sure it happens. Genesis is in the same boat with the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 09:25am

See, this is all about a Rock Hall plot! They need to induct Genesis first before they can induct Deep Purple, Yes, Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Thanks to Matallica for mentioning Deep Purple at their induction.

From Digital Dream Door

A group with two distinct stylistic eras, symbolized by two future solo star lead singers, Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, the latter of whom scored hits on his own while still fronting the group simultaneously. But solo careers aside, the credentials of Genesis are strong on their own. Their progressive 70's work gives them appeal to that constituency, while a solid run of mainstream hits from the mid-80's to early 90's keep their familiarity high elsewhere, making them a perfect compromise candidate for prog-shy voters.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 09.24.09 @ 09:41am

Will Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and the rest of Genesis be free in March?

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 09.26.09 @ 07:39am


Phil Collins
Peter Gabriel
Mike Rutherford
Tony Banks
Steve Hackett
Anthony Phillips
John Mayhew
Chris Stewart
John Silver
Ray Wilson

Which members will be inducted?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 09.28.09 @ 04:46am

Fingers crossed they get in, but I don't see it happening.

Posted by Dude Man on Wednesday, 09.30.09 @ 13:15pm

On all the Peter Gabriel era albums, there was at least one song on which Gabriel played flute. Also Peter Gabriel played flute on a song called "Katmandu" (Cat Stevens, not Bob Seger). The song appeared on Stevens' album "Mona Bone Jakon" This was the album right before "Tea For The Tillerman"

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 10.1.09 @ 01:16am

Genesis Inductees

Phil Collins
Tony Banks
Peter Gabriel
Steve Hackett
Anthony Phillips
Mike Rutherford


Posted by QAZ on Thursday, 10.1.09 @ 07:38am

Lax is probably gonna give the speech himself, since he is in so tight with Peter Gabriel.

Posted by Brian on Thursday, 10.1.09 @ 14:12pm

From Digital Dream Door


It took the Hall Of Fame more than a decade to figure out how to deal with Genesis, a group that has been a solid presence on the rock landscape since the early seventies, but thanks to two totally different musical incarnations, featuring two different lead singers (Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins), resulting in two entirely different audiences for their work and two diametrically opposed legacies, they've never had the momentum to even secure a nomination before. Their first era will please prog fans who've suffered the indignity of never seeing any act from that style considered by the Hall, but that period saw it's appeal confined largely to the U.K. market and their greatest credentials for induction largely confined to influence. Their second era found them aiming squarely at the top 40 singles market with consistent success while at the same time being critically massacred for this mainstream appeal. Both versions of Genesis, taken separately, have credentials enough to be considered strong candidates, and combining the two eras and styles their induction would seem to be all but assured if these things were judged strictly by merits, not tastes. This being their first appearance on the ballot it will go some way in allowing the sensitive Hall hierarchy to stave off criticisms that they are anti-prog, even while many casual observers who know the group from their 80's singles heyday are oblivious to their prog beginnings. In short, this seems like the ideal compromise candidate for skittish voters.

Qualifications: 7 - Solid Choice

Posted by Roy on Friday, 10.2.09 @ 15:06pm

Choices for giving the induction speech for Genesis:

Sting, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Ryan Adams

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 12:35pm

Congratulations to Genesis! I hope they honor Peter at the induction ceremony which I will watch. I don't know who will be speaking, but I like Roy's choices.

Posted by Dr. W on Tuesday, 12.15.09 @ 14:44pm

"Could this finally lead to a Hall nomination for Genesis?"

Well, I was only off by two years! I'm glad to see the wait finally end for Genesis.

Posted by A-Killa on Thursday, 12.17.09 @ 12:31pm

Choices for giving the induction speech for Genesis:

Eric Clapton, Sting, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, John Mayer, Ryan Adams

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 12.22.09 @ 10:42am

ABBA: 1977 - Knowing Me, Knowing You

Genesis: 1978 - Follow You Follow Me

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 12.23.09 @ 07:13am

"The LA Times wonders if the Rock Hall induction of Genesis will allow more progressive acts to be considered."

A lot of us are wondering the same thing.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 12.30.09 @ 18:42pm



Usually when a Hall Of Fame class is announced the artist who was around longest, had the most hits and has the most recognizable figures among them is the obvious selection and the de facto headliner for the ceremonies. That can't be said this year with Genesis, who otherwise meet all of those requirements, indicating how split the perception of them has become. The reason for this starts with the fact that there are two drastically different incarnations of the group, the early Peter Gabriel-led prog group, and the Phil Collins led hit machine to follow, and fans of one version are rarely equally passionate about the other. Progressive rock fans in general will be glad that someone representing that style finally broke through, after fifteen years of waiting since the first prog artist become eligible. Mainstream music fans who know little of that era will wonder how the group made it despite their string of huge singles in the 80's, since those songs aren't well received historically. Yet while they are clearly deserving of induction, it's unlikely they made it solely because of their credentials, as this seems to be the classic case of a big name, with two respected individuals (Gabriel and Collins) in their midst, serving as the perfect compromise candidate for progressive rock, which allows the Hall to get that monkey off their back and ignore it for another fifteen years.

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.16.10 @ 16:54pm

Look At You Look At Me-Dave Mason 1970
Knowing Me Knowing You-ABBA 1977
Follow You Follow Me-Genesis 1978

Only You Know And I know-Dave Mason 1970
Only You Know And I Know-Phil Collins 1985

No Reply-The Beatles 1964
No Reply At All-Genesis 1981

Who Dunnit?-Tavares 1977
Who Dunnit?-Genesis 1981

Ball Of Confusion-The Temptations 1970
Land Of Confusion-Genesis 1986

Invisible Sun-The Police 1981
Invisible Touch-Genesis 1986

I Wish It Would Rain-Temptations 1968
I Wish It Would Rain Down-Phil Collins 1989

Hello Goodbye-The Beatles 1967
We Said Hello Goodbye-Phil Collins 1985


Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 01.19.10 @ 22:47pm

Many Too Many-Genesis 1978
Too Many Too-Jethro Tull 1982

Scenes From An Italian Restaurant-Billy Joel 1977
Scenes From A Night's Dream-Genesis 1978

Snowbound-Genesis 1978
Snowbound-Donald Fagen 1993

Separate Lives-The Alan Parsons Project 1985
Separate Lives-Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin 1985

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 01.19.10 @ 23:10pm

I Don't Want To Know-Fleewood Mac
I Don't Wanna Know-Phil Collins

Long, Long Way To Go-Phil Collins 1985
Long Way To Go-Stevie Nicks 1989

Take Me Home-Cher 1979
Take Me Home-Phil Collins 1985

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 01.19.10 @ 23:22pm

I Know What I Like-Genesis 1973
I Know What I Like-Huey Lewis & The News 1986

The Way It Is-Bruce Hornsby & The Range 1986
That's Just The Way It Is-Phil Collins 1989

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Tuesday, 01.19.10 @ 23:32pm

This is getting interesting! According to inside sources from Billboard Magazine who have connections to the Rock Hall, not only will Phil Collins, Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Anthony Phillips, and Mike Rutherford be inducted, but other members as well might be inducted. The ones you never see in music videos or on album covers. The ones you see performing with Genesis in concerts and hear on albums: Chester Thompson (drums) and Daryl Stuermer (guitar). Stay tuned to see if this actually happens. I wonder what this means for Chicago, BS&T and Deep Purple!

The Grateful Dead and Parliament Funkadelic are still the only groups in the Rock Hall with more than 9 members each, inducted!

Phil Collins was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and now he's getting another award from the Song Hall in June. Peter Gabriel has not been inducted into the Song Hall yet.

Where's Lax?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 12:29pm

Probably in Nirvana. (Pun intended) LOL !

Posted by Bill G. on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 12:45pm

This is who All Music Guide lists as members of Genesis

Phil Collins
Peter Gabriel
Steve Hackett
Anthony Phillips
Tony Banks
John Mayhew
Mike Rutherford
John Silver
Ray Wilson
Chris Stewart

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 16:17pm



Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Ray Wilson


Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Tony Banks


Anthony Phillips, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Daryl Stuermer


Phil Collins, Chris Stewart, John Silver, John Mayhew, Chester Thompson

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 02:59am

Genesis has had 12 members:

Peter Gabriel
Phil Collins
Tony Banks
Mike Rutherford
Anthony Phillips
Steve Hackett
Chris Stewart
John Silver
John Mayhew
Chester Thompson
Daryl Stuermer
Ray Wilson (Won't be inducted; Collins replacement in 1997 for just one Genesis album)

11 members of Genesis can be inducted:

Peter Gabriel
Phil Collins
Tony Banks
Mike Rutherford
Anthony Phillips
Steve Hackett
Chris Stewart
John Silver
John Mayhew
Chester Thompson
Daryl Stuermer

5 members of Genesis get talked about in the media as being inductees, but that doesn't mean anything:

Peter Gabriel
Phil Collins
Tony Banks
Mike Rutherford
Steve Hackett

We will have to wait and see what actually happens!

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 04:13am

If Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora deserve the Songwriters Hall of Fame (nothing against them, they're just not very important) then Gabriel certainly does. Since you brought up Deep Purple, if they're ever inducted (unlikely, and even if they are it won't mean anything since the Hall has had people screaming about their omission since Day 1) obviously Mk. II will be inducted. Everyone in Mk. III I'd guess, since that was their second most succesful period. "Hush" trails only "Smoke on the Water" in terms of performances people know from them, so I'd guess Mk. I (Nick Simper and Rod Evans) as well. I doubt Joe Lynn Turner will get in, since he sang on only one album that was after their heyday. That leaves Tommy Bolin, Don Airey and Steve Morse as the main question marks.

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 03.4.10 @ 16:32pm

Genesis and ABBA are being inducted the same year and Genesis has a song called Abacab.

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 03.10.10 @ 04:47am



Peter Gabriel (vocals, flute; born February 13, 1950),
Tony Banks (keyboards; born March 27, 1950),
Phil Collins (vocals, drums; born January 30, 1951),
Steve Hackett (guitar; born February 12, 1950),
Mike Rutherford (bass, guitar; born October 2, 1950)


Posted by Roy on Thursday, 03.11.10 @ 09:28am

Get Genesis of the TOP VOTES list, they are already in

Posted by ACC on Wednesday, 03.24.10 @ 06:34am


01. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
02. Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
03. Walter Parazaider (Chicago)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 05.10.10 @ 06:24am

Happy 61st Birthday, Steve Hackett

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 02.12.11 @ 16:26pm

Happy 61st Birthday, Peter Gabriel

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 02.13.11 @ 00:49am

Now that Genesis has been inducted into the R&RHOF, it hasn't changed the minds of those that were inducted from the genre. as a big time Genesis fan, the band had all the merits to get in, longevity, record sales and influence. I read here that Kansas, Styx, and Dream Theater were the only groups that claimed Genesis as an influence, are those that really don't truly know just how truly endearing this band was to many bands that now claim them as a seminal influence.

Steve Harris of Iron Maiden claimed Genesis as his favorite band and list Foxtrot as his all time favorite album. others that list Genesis as an influence: Rush (search Rush and Genesis Foxtrot) Yngwie Malmsteem, Phish, Queen, Elbow, Keane and many of today's progressive rock and metal bands are severely indebted to Genesis. They might not be many here cup of tea, but to feign ignorance to the bands legacy over ridiculous prejudices are extremely foolish. Steve Hackett's influence as a guitarist should not be understated as well. Mike Rutherford is a so so guitarist, but he cowrote most of the songs that many assumed Peter Gabriel wrote all to himself, and his bass playing is extremely rhythmic and complex.

Other bands that should get in: Joy Division/New Order, Magazine

Posted by Chuck AzEee! on Thursday, 04.7.11 @ 14:22pm


Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Peter Gabriel (Genesis)
Walter Parazaider (Chicago)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 06.4.11 @ 09:03am


Follow You Follow Me * Misunderstanding * Turn It On Again * Abacab * No Reply At All * Man On The Corner * Paperlate * Mama * That's All * Taking It All Too Hard * Illegal Alien * Land Of Confusion * Tonight, Tonight, Tonight * Invisible Touch * In Too Deep * Throwing It All Away * No Son Of Mine * I Can't Dance * Jesus He Knows Me * Hold On My Heart * Never A Time


I Missed Again * In The Air Tonight * I Don't Care Anymore * You Can't Hurry Love * Againt All Odds * Don't Lose My Number * One More Night * Sussudio * Separate Lives * Easy Lover * Take Me Home * A Groovy Kind Of Love * Two Hearts * Another Day In Paradise * I Wish It Would Rain Down * Do You Remember * Both Sides Of The Story * Everyday * Dance Into The Light * It's In Your Eyes * You'll Be In My Heart * Can't Stop Loving You


Solsbury Hill * Games Without Frontiers * Shock The Monkey * In Your Eyes * Big Time * Sledgehammer * Don't Give Up * Digging In The Dirt * Steam

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.27.12 @ 23:48pm

There were some odd moments on stage during the Genesis acceptance of their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, thanks to Phil Collins. I felt so bad for them. First, Trey Anastasio gives Phil Collins his trophy (which says Phil Collins on it; but I guess Phil Collins didn't know that the name of each member gets put on the trophy along with the name of the band). Phil didn't read it. Phil Collins hands the trophy that Trey Anastasio handed to him to Mike Rutherford. Mike Rutherford reads what it says on the trophy (Phil Collins). Mike Rutherford tries to hand the trophy back to Phil Collins, but Phil Collins has his back turned to Mike Rutherford. Trey Anastasio gives Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford's trophy. Mike Rutherford gives his speech, then Phil Collins gives his speech, looks at his trophy and says that his trophy says Mike Rutherford on it. Then after he finishes speaking, Phil Collins leaves the stage, Mike Rutherford follows like a puppy. Tony Banks and Steve Hackett are left up on stage all alone. Steve Hackett gives his speech, while Tony Banks keeps looking off stage at Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford heading back to the Waldorf kitchen, as if to say where the hell are you going, come back, we're not finished yet. I don't think Tony Banks wanted to speak anyway, but he spoke backstage to the press. What do Phil Collins' actions say about him? Big ego? Inconsiderate? He just forgot? His mind was somewhere else? Losing his hearing? Shy? Nervous? Just didn't want to be there? Not thinking, oh wait, two other members of the band have to speak. I'll stand with them on stage, listen and wait for them to finish. I wonder what the audience was thinking.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 05.28.12 @ 09:23am

. . . or maybe he's thinking, "Damn, I have this herniated disc that's made it next to impossible to drum anymore, and NOW I get this award. Damn! I want to drum again!" . . .? At that time, it's only been a year, maybe a little longer, where he just finished a world tour with Genesis, is diagnosed with a disabling back problem, has surgery to correct it, but once it's corrected, he can't drum anymore and the physical therapy is not progressing very much. It probably choked him up not to be able to do the thing he loved most, the thing he's done for most of his life.

-From Charles Crossley on ourrockandrollhalloffame

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.1.12 @ 23:12pm

I have found the list of essential Genesis recordings to be severely lacking. I would have supported these masterpieces, instead:

1. Foxtrot
2. A Trick Of The Tail
3. Nursery Cryme
4. Duke
5. Genesis

I do not, nor have I understood why "Selling England By The Pound" is so popular among "progressive rock" enthusiasts, other than 'Firth Of Fifth,' 'Dancing With The Moonlit Knight' and 'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe),' what else does it have going for it?

I am mentioning Genesis, because I have been listening to 'Duke' lately.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 06.5.15 @ 09:49am

Congratulations to Steve Hackett. This was a proud moment for Genesis fans. Any chance Yes will be re-nominated for the 2017 inductions? And how about next time, inducting them? Anyways, thanks for reading and congratulations to Genesis once again.

Posted by Bill Langan on Tuesday, 01.12.16 @ 15:16pm


GENESIS: $445,000,000 Million


01. Phil Collins: $260 Million
02. Peter Gabriel: $70 Million
03. Tony Banks: $50 Million
04. Mike Rutherford: $45 Million
05. Steve Hackett: $20 Million

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 05.29.16 @ 06:19am

Anthony Phillips Talks Honestly on Genesis Replacement Steve Hackett

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.30.17 @ 17:06pm

Daryl Stuermer On Relationships in Genesis & Who Decides What He Plays?

Posted by Roy on Monday, 10.30.17 @ 17:09pm

Anthony Phillips: The Ex Genesis Member He Won't Do an Album With

Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.13.17 @ 08:15am

Anthony Phillips Opens Up About Crippling Stage Fright With Genesis

Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.27.17 @ 13:13pm

Anthony Phillips On Working With Peter Gabriel & What's Next For Him

Posted by Roy on Monday, 11.27.17 @ 13:23pm

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