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Could Peter Gabriel replace Phil Collins?

Peter_gabriel The remaining members of the legendary prog-pop act Genesis made it all but official in an interview a few months ago with the Telegraph newspaper of London: Without Phil Collins, who recently said he's out of the music biz for good, the band is pretty much in retirement mode.

"After the final show in Los Angeles, I just wanted to tell these guys, 'Thank you, and I love you.' It felt like an emotional closure," Collins told the Telegraph. "I don't think we'll do any more."

Keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist Mike Rutherford both admit they're never really comfortable being live performers on stage and would prefer to focus their free time on other passions. In Banks' case, he's an avid gardener while Rutherford prefers polo. (Collins says his young children and model railroading hobby will keep him busy.)

Funny thing is, there's one former member of Genesis still out there who might be interested in a brief reunion: Former lead singer Peter Gabriel.

According to the Telegraph, the band has long pondered the idea of taking to the road to perform "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" -- their seminal 1974 album and the last record to feature Gabriel, who continues to make his solo music career a full-time pursuit.

Stay tuned. According to Rutherford, "It's still out there as an idea. Visually, you could do so much with it."

[AP photo]

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:34pm]


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