Genesis Kick Off Final Tour in Birmingham

Last night (September 20) English rock band Genesis kicked off the first of three nights at Birmingham's Utilita Arena, the beginning of their previously postponed The Last Domino? tour. They served up a 23-song setlist for their first full show since 2007, with Phil Collins' son Nic on drums.

According to Rolling Stone, the tour was originally supposed to begin in November 2020, but the pandemic forced the band to delay it first to April 2021, and finally to this month. “It’s been a long time coming,” Collins said early in the night. “We know it’s been a difficult couple of years for everybody here, and those at home. But we finally made it, and we’re going to have some fun tonight.”

See fan footage of the show's opening:

The setlist touched on 8 of their 15 studio albums, the most from 1986's Invisible Touch (5 songs) followed by their 1983 self-titled album and 1973's Selling England by the Pound (4 songs each).

The rarity of set #1 was "Fading Lights" off the band's 1991 album We Can't Dance - a song previously ONLY played in 1992. Genesis closed the first set with "Afterglow," the only song they performed off their '76 LP Wind & Wuthering.

The band treated the crowd to a three-song acoustic mini-set, performing "That's All" and "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" for the first time since 1998. The last acoustic song of the night was "Follow You Follow Me," the only song represented from their 1978 album ...And Then There Were Three.

Genesis opened their second set with Duke gem "Duchess," a track that hadn't been performed live since 1981. They closed out the main set with a few of their best-known songs, "Throwing It All Away" "Tonight Tonight Tonight" and "Invisible Touch."

The three-song encore kicked off with "I Can't Dance"; the band then resurrected "Dancing on a Moonlit Knight" for the first time since 1998 before closing the whole show with "The Carpet Crawlers."

See the complete setlist:

Genesis setlist

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Last updated: 21 Oct 2021, 19:40 Etc/UTC