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  • Tracy Heck

Genesis return for one more run at Little Caesars Arena

It's been nearly 55 years since the first incarnation of Genesis came together and throughout their run through the numerous lineup changes, they've remained an important mainstay of progressive rock.

That durability was on full display Monday evening when the band took the stage at Little Caesars Arena for a two and a half hour set filled with their biggest hits.

Their Last Domino? Tour had been planned a couple of years ago as a way to close out the band's legacy, but it had to be rescheduled twice due to the pandemic.

Much has been made about the condition of frontman Phil Collins, who has struggled with a nerve condition and diabetes and like his solo tour stop at LCA in 2019, he had to perform the show sitting down.

However, his health struggles haven't dimmed his humor, chemistry on stage or his ability to bring the band's hits to life.

His son, 20-year-old Nic Collins, has stepped in on drums, seamlessly driving the sound behind the veterans, Tony Banks on keyboards and iconic guitarist Mike Rutherford.

The addition of two backup singers and a fantastic stage and light show with a massive video screen that drew attention throughout the set also enhanced the production.

The show was a great blend of Genesis' progressive rock of the 70's and their 80's arena pop and if this is indeed the band's last time out on stage, they are going out in style.

The enthusiastic crowd was happy to sing along with hits like "Land of Confusion," "No Son of Mine," "Throwing It All Away" and "Tonight, Tonight, Tonight."

The highlight of the set was a mid-show segment where Nic, Banks, Rutherford and longtime touring member Daryl Stuermer, joined Phil Collins out front center stage for a stripped-down trio of "That's All," "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and "Follow You Follow Me."

After closing out things with the popular "Invisible Touch," the band returned for an encore of "I Can't Dance," "Dancing With the Moonlight Knight" and "The Carpet Crawlers."

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