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Genesis to play Rome Coliseum

Genesis to play Rome ColiseumVenue may lure Peter Gabriel to reunion concert.

British rock group Genesis will headline next year's free concert in front of the Coliseum and this may just be the perfect occasion for original frontman Peter Gabriel to reunite with his old bandmates.

The July 2007 concert is expected to be the only Italian date on the 'Turn it on Again' reunion tour of original band members Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.

Aside from a one-off concert in 1982, the original Genesis lineup has not played together since 1975.

However, a year ago Gabriel told Rolling Stone magazine that prospects for a Genesis reunion were "better than ever".

Then last month he told BBC radio that while he was not involved in the 2007 Genesis reunion tour, he had not ruled out joining them for a gig or two.

Organizers and fans hope that the unique opportunity of playing at the Coliseum will be enough to lure the theatre-conscious Gabriel to join Collins, Rutherford and banks after a 25-year separation. The annual Coliseum concert, sponsored by the City of Rome and Telecom Italia, has became a recent tradition and in the past seen performances by Paul McCartney, who also held an acoustic concert inside the ancient arena for a select audience, Simon and Garfunkle, Elton John and this year Billy Joel.

The Genesis reunion tour will officially be presented in London next week.

Considered a 'progressive' rock band in the 1970s and '80s, Genesis sold over 130 million albums, including such classics as Nursery Cryme, Selling England By The Pound and Invisible Touch.

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