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Johnnie Walker Meets... Genesis

Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins Stephanie Pistel

Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford famously met Peter Gabriel at Charterhouse School in the mid 60s and formed Genesis in 1967 as progressive rock and live performance pioneers.

This is an extended version of the programme that was broadcast in November, with additional music and interviews.

Along the way they said farewell to friends like Anthony Phillips and Chris Stewart, but gained inspired guitarist Steve Hackett and a drama student and jazz drummer called Phil Collins.

It is testament to these mild mannered English gentlemen that they have survived the departure (and occasional return) of Peter and Phil as lead vocalist and huge solo successes to remain friends and stay together. They have also stuck to their musical roots and principles enjoying both long songs and huge worldwide hits.

Now the three existing members - Tony, Mike and Phil join Johnnie Walker, in the same room, to talk in depth about all their albums, singles, tours and solo work. They talk frankly about being perhaps too ubiquitous in the 80s, changing drumming forever and welcoming each person's solo work as a building block for the success of the whole band. Naturally the subject of reunions and the future is not left out.

© BBC Radio 2, by Johnnie Walker

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