Genesis is the most recent vintage rock band to follow this route, as for the first time in 15 years, Phil Collins has rejoined original members Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks for the Turn It On Again tour, which stopped at a sold-out Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday night.
The trio, joined by longtime sidemen Chester Thompson on drums and Daryl Stuermer on guitar and bass, has no new material to push and a fan base that is split between those who love their early art-rock albums of the 70s and those who hopped on the bandwagon in the 80s when they became unlikely pop stars. During the 21/2-hour show, the set list attempted to serve both audiences and was mostly successful. They opened with the instrumental Behind The Lines/Duke's End from their 1980 album Duke and rallied the crowd with that album's classic rock radio hit Turn It On Again .
They followed that with more hits such as No Son of Mine and Rutherford's Land of Confusion before Collins, playing the genial host, said they were going to go back to when ''we all had hair,'' as a way of introducing a medley of older tunes launched by the lengthy In The Cage from 1974's Lamb Lies Down On Broadway.
Both the band and the mix took a few tunes to get up and running with Banks' intricate keyboard work during Cinema Show getting buried in.
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