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Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins set for Genesis reunion?

Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins set for Genesis reunion?For years, former members of rock band Genesis have said they are ready, willing and able to reform the group at original frontman Peter Gabriel's whim - and for years Gabriel has adamantly refused. But until now!

"The odds (of a Genesis reunion) are better now than before," Rolling Stone quoted Gabriel as saying.

"We're going to have the conversation," he told the magazine.

But on being asked if the group is reuniting, Gabriel remained coy: "I wouldn't put money on it...yet."

Aside from a one-off concert in 1982, Gabriel has not stood on stage with the classic five-man Genesis line-up since the "Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" tour ended in May 1975.

Phil Collins, who played drums since joining the group prior to its third album in 1971, took over as vocalist in 1976 and lifted the British art rockers to stadiums across the world.

Earlier this week, Collins reaffirmed his desire to drum again for the band during a Tel Aviv press conference. Last month, guitarist Steve Hackett told the Chicago Sun-Times that he had received a phone call from Genesis management.

"There's a movement to put us all together again," Hackett said. "I do think it will happen."

Collins quit the group after 1992's "We Can't Dance" tour to focus on his successful solo career.

Remaining members Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford recruited former Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson for the 1997 release "Calling All Stations", which fared so poorly that Genesis was forced to cancel a tour of American theatres. The group quietly folded in 1998.

Since then, large cults of fans have kept the Genesis flame alive. Collins recently played with the Genesis tribute band Musical Box that recreated the Gabriel era with frightening precision when it visited Collins' hometown of Geneva recently.

Gabriel, however, says any reunion concert would require serious preparation. "When we got back together in 1982, I don't think we rehearsed," he said.

"To really do it properly, we'd have to take more time. It's quite a commitment."

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