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Your one-stop guide to Genesis reunion tour

It helps, too, that the band actually gets along.

"We're still great friends," singer Phil Collins said in a recent press conference hyping the world tour. "And we've been great friends since I left the band. We didn't not work together for any other reason than that there were other things to do."

But as with any reunion, there are certain questions that need answering. Who else are they touring with? What will the stage show look like? Is Collins really going to play drums? And many, many others, depending on whether you're still in love with "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight" or the sight of Collins' squishy mug makes you queasy.

We'll save you the hassle, time and frustration of spending hours on Google trying to find out such tidbits and factoids. Here's your one-stop prep guide for Genesis' comeback concert at the Pepsi Center on Saturday night.

Q: Genesis was always known for its big stage shows. Will this reunion concert be any different?

A: Absolutely not.

The tour's promoters claim that the Turn It On Again tour is using the largest concert screen ever. At 213 feet wide and 40 feet tall, you can count on the band to employ killer graphics alongside old footage for maximum impact.

"It's going to look fabulous," Mike Rutherford said at the press conference. "Genesis lends itself, definitely, to visual interpretation. It has in the past. And what's very interesting is that the last time we were out, the three of us, on the We Can't Dance tour, the screen concept was just starting off. So in a sense it was quite uphill to make the (expletive) thing work, whereas now it's quite user-friendly."

photo Darryl JamesTwo celebrated technicians worked with the band in creating the show: lighting designer Patrick Woodroofe and set designer Mark Fisher.

"The smoke and mirrors of previous tours has been replaced by a slightly more toned-down stage consisting of a single gigantic PopMart-style screen and a modest series of flashing lights," read a rollingstone.com review of a mid-September show in Hartford, Conn.

Q: Will Collins play drums?

A: Oh, yes. But not for long.

"The show kicked off with a medley of instrumentals from their 1980 LP 'Duke,' the rollingstone.com review read. "Collins was behind the drum kit, where he would be for about a quarter of the nearly three-hour show."

It may not be lengthy, but it has the potential for excitment.

"(Drummer Chester) Thompson and Collins' behind-the-kit duets provided some of the evening's highlights," read a late-September review in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Q: Is the show any good?

A: The reviews are mixed - much more so than the early Police reviews.

"If you were a fan of this particular version of Genesis, the performance in Hartford was worthy of the more than $200 top-end ticket," read a story in the Springfield, Mass., paper The Republican about the Hartford, Conn., show.

Other reviews have pointed out that, as good as they sound, they also come off incredibly dated.

"If prog rock has come back into favor, Tuesday's Genesis show served as a reminder of why it fell out in the first place," the Philadelphia Inqurer review read. "As one shapeless, interminable jam followed another, the evening deliquesced into a soup of guitar wizardry and keyboard whoosh."

Q: Who else is playing with Collins, Banks and Rutherford?

A: Longtime Genesis player Chester Thompson will play drums all night while Daryl Stuermer will fill out the songs on guitar.

Q: Of course original Genesis singer Peter Gabriel isn't on this tour. But what are the chances he'll participate in a future tour?

A: It's not likely.

"I think Peter always felt threatened by going back, and clearly it represented a much longer time period for him," said Collins in the new book "Genesis: Chapter and Verse."

"He has built an extremely impressive solo career, which he feels would be dented if he was to go back with Genesis in any shape or form. I have always done lots of different things. For me, it's a case of 'Write a musical? Sure. Get back with Genesis? Of course.' ... If you think about it, Peter used to spend most of the 'Lamb' show in a leather jacket without a shirt. Peter doesn't look like that anymore. None of us do. ... there was the issue of whether he would want to go back into what he probably remembered as being a hornet's nest of compromise. Which I don't really think it is. We've all grown up. We all know when to back off. We didn't before."

Q: What kind of material will they play?

A: The hits, of course.

"Obviously, it's going to mainly be songs from the last couple tours," Banks said at the press conference. "But we want to make certain there's a good dose of other things, and also with some of the medleys we'll introduce a few surprises so it doesn't become too predictable - but we do have so many songs to choose from."

Q: And what about new material? Are the three of them writing for a new album?

A: "(There's) nothing planned for new material," said Rutherford. "But I think we always just seem to avoid making the big plan. We'll do the shows and see what happens. The idea of writing together has always been appealing, but getting on the album bandwagon is a whole different road. But we'll see."

© Denver Post, by Ricardo Baca

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