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Your one-stop guide to Genesis reunion tour

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It's official. Reunion mania has reached a fever pitch.

With the Police smashing box-office records across the globe and Van Halen making a ruckus while smaller, yet equally influential, bands such as the Stooges, Jesus and Mary Chain, Crowded House and Smashing Pumpkins are getting their belated love, respect and adoration, the news of Genesis' Turn It On Again world tour came as little surprise to anybody paying attention.

Of course Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford are getting back together to relive the glory and rehash the music. The stage is set. The public is hungry. It's easy money - both on the touring end, where artists make the most of their cash, and on the repackaging end, where every Genesis album will be digitally remastered and re-released, and their hits will be re-ordered in yet another best-of incarnation, this one a tour edition.

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Genesis dazzles with old, new at United Center

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In reviews, you're supposed to mention the good and the bad. And I've tried really hard to find something negative about last night's Genesis concert at the United Center.

So, here goes. The band is playing for big paychecks. But what band doesn't these days? And it would have been nice to hear "Man on the Corner."

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The smart and the cheesy Genesis take turns

United Center - Genesis"We're Genesis," Phil Collins announced early in Tuesday's show at the United Center, the first of a sold-out three-night stand on the reunited British rockers' first tour in 15 years.

"We're your entertainment for the evening. ... And we're going to run through some things from all of the different periods of Genesis."

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This version of Genesis takes pages from its past

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Genesis still can't dance. Playing the first show of a three-night stand Tuesday at the United Center, the reunited trio of singer/drummer Phil Collins, guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks wisely stuck to stationary positions and looked as dorky middle-age English men should—namely, like males modeling the latest in conservative Sears fashions. And despite Collins' hammy antics, the threesome managed to satisfactorily split the difference between its commercial and imaginative sides.

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Genesis lives in land of contradiction

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The schizophrenic classic rock behemoth known as Genesis played the United Center Tuesday and demonstrated that everything about it is writ large.

The number of nights in Chicago: Three. The number of years since forming: 40. The number of albums from which to choose songs: 16. The number of line-ups from which to choose players: Seven. And so forth.

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