When former Genesis frontman Peter Gabriel left the groundbreaking progressive rock group Genesis in 1975, it was no secret that the goodbye was anything but teary-eyed. But now, with a box set of reissues from the Gabriel years set for release soon, the band apparently looks to bring old Pete back on board.
Keyboardist Tony Banks told Billboard that the band has "never said never" about reuniting with Gabriel. "I know Phil (Collins) would be quite happy with the idea of just playing the drums; it would be quite fun for him," Banks said. "Mike (Rutherford) and I are certainly happy to do it. I know Steve (Hackett) is keen as well. I think it'd be down to Peter more than anyone else."
But holding one's breath still might not be advisable -- after all, in 2004 it was Gabriel who pitched the idea of a Genesis reunion, to play The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway live. But when it all came down to it, he decided to focus on his solo album and the reunion plans went the way of the buffalo.
Luckily, even if the rumors do turn out to be just that, we've still got the box set, Genesis 1970-1975, which hits stores today in the U.K. and tomorrow in the U.S. The seven-CD/six-DVD set includes newly mixed versions of Trespass, Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, as well as B-sides, rare songs and videos from each album's tour, plus tons of other extras. And there's always the Hollywood movie version of the book that celebrates the genius of Genesis.