Saturday 7 December 2019

Genesis inducted into hall of fame

Phil Collins front the hit group Genesis
Phil Collins front the hit group Genesis

Genesis have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, joined by two other acts that thrived in second lives - ABBA and The Hollies.

The British progressive rockers turned 1980s pop stars were inducted by Trey Anastasio of Phish, whose band paid tribute to both incarnations of Genesis by performing Watcher Of The Skies and No Reply At All.

The new inductees were missing Peter Gabriel, the theatrical lead singer whose departure was the dividing line between the band's two styles.

Former bandmate Mike Rutherford said Gabriel wanted to send his apologies for missing the event.

"He has a very legitimate and genuine excuse," Rutherford said. "He's actually starting a tour."

Anastasio recalled buying Genesis albums as a teenager. He called the band "rebellious, restless and constantly striving for something more".

"Every musical rule and boundary was questioned and broken," he said. "It's impossible to overstate what impact this band and musical philosophy had on me as a young musician. I'm forever in their debt."

Other inductees at the annual ceremony at The Waldorf-Astoria hotel were reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff and the raucous Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Music executive David Geffen and songwriters whose work sold hundreds of millions of copies were to join as non-performers.

The Hollies were praised by Steve Van Zandt for exquisite harmonies only the Beatles could match when they were inducted into the Hall of Fame in the New York City ceremony.

Singers Allan Clarke and Graham Nash led the way in performing two of the band's biggest 1960s hits, Bus Stop and Carrie-Anne.

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