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Original Genesis members Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins and Tony Banks, along with guitarist Daryl Stuermer and drummer Chester Thompson, required a huge lighted backdrop, two gigantic monitors and various other electrical flourishes. Then there was the matter of the British band's sprawling prog-rock numbers, such as the show-starting "Behind the Lines," which have a way of draining a power grid.

Even with the late start, Rutherford, Collins and Banks still played for nearly 2 1/2 hours. They plucked selections from almost the entire span of the Genesis timeline -- from 1973's "The Cinema Show" to 1991's "I Can't Dance."

Although offering a little bit of everything made sure the group satisfied all fans, the tactic also exposed the tour's inadequacies. When the band performed Peter Gabriel-era '70s material -- "I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)," "In the Cage" -- the idea of a reunion tour without Genesis's first singer seemed especially ill-conceived. When the group launched into '80s pop tunes ("Land of Confusion," "Throwing It All Away"), it created a craving for Collins solo material. Unfortunately, he didn't offer so much as a "su-sussudio."

Despite those shortcomings, both the ancient and the merely old members of Genesis's fan base seemed to love every minute. They even remained high-energy right through the final encore of "The Carpet Crawlers," despite the fact that the show stretched well beyond the typical baby boomer bedtime.

© Washingtonpost, by Sarah Godfrey

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