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Genesis cancels UK tour shows over Covid cases in band


Pop band Genesis have postponed the final four UK dates of its reunion tour “due to positive Covid-19 tests within the band”.

The band announced that they would reschedule their gigs in Glasgow on Friday and at the O2 in London on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

They did not specify who tested positive for coronavirus.

The Last Domino? tour began in September after being postponed for nearly a year due to the pandemic.

‘Hugely frustrating’

Frontman Phil Collins, 70, has been performing seated and has not been able to play the drums because of ongoing health issues, including back problems following surgery.

He told the BBC last month that he can now “barely hold a [drum] stick”, and has been replaced behind the drum kit by his 20-year-old son Nicholas.

The pair will be joined on the road by keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford, both 71 and founding members of the band, for the band’s first tour since 2007.

Frontman Phil Collins has been performing seated while his son Nicholas plays the drums

In the 1980s and 1990s, Genesis had six number one albums in the United Kingdom, with hits including Land of Confusion, Invisible Touch, and I Can’t Dance.

“This is a hugely frustrating development for the band, who are devastated by this unfortunate turn of events,” the band said in a statement.

“They despise having to take these precautions, but the safety of the audience and touring crew must come first. They are looking forward to seeing you when they return.”

The band, which has sold over 21 million albums in the United States, will kick off the North American leg of their tour on November 15 in Chicago.

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