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Mike Rutherford Confirms Final Genesis Show Was Emotional

Playing their final concert at London’s The O2 arena on March 26, 2022, co-founding band member, Mike Rutherford admitted that the last-ever Genesis‘ show felt “bizarre” and “emotional.”

Speaking to Classic Rock magazine, Rutherford said:

“It was nice afterwards when everybody, including Peter [Gabriel] and Richard McPhail [tour manager from the seventies), was together in the dressing room. Apart from that we kept backstage closed off.” “But the actual show felt bizarre. I was kind of okay until I saw on my setlist that there were just four songs left. Seeing that in print made me emotional, but having got through all of the problems with Covid, it felt very good to see things through.”

Admitting that their last tour – entitled ‘The Last Domino?’ – was a “joy.” Mike, now 72, stated:

“I tend to forget how much the music means to people’s lives. For instance, we did a couple of shows in America in a city we hadn’t played in 30 years and sold out both nights. It proves what a lovely reach Genesis had. There was some sadness, but I thoroughly enjoyed our last tour. It’s always a joy to be onstage with Phil (Collins) and Tony (Banks).”

Launching April 12 in York, the musician’s other band, Mike and The Mechanics, will embark on a tour of their own, and they’ll be joined by Phil’s 21-year old son Nic Collins who also got behind the kit in the place of his 72-year-old dad on the Genesis tour.

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Author: Saul Goode Oliver Abels SBT