Published Jun 16, 2014Sure to please prog fans, carpet crawlers and an entire colony's worth of Slippermen, the classic lineup of Genesis fronted by Peter Gabriel is participating in a new band documentary for the BBC.
A press release for Genesis: Together and Part confirms that the upcoming doc is being put together in full cooperation with the band and will feature contributions from singer Gabriel, drummer Phil Collins, keyboardist Tony Banks, bassist Mike Rutherford and guitarist Steve Hackett. The lineup was responsible for four albums between 1971 and 1974, from Nursery Cryme to the epic concept LP The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, before Gabriel left the group in 1975.
Few details have been shed on the film thus far, but the press release notes that Genesis: Together and Apart "recounts an extraordinary musical story, exploring the band's songwriting as well as emotional highs and lows."
The film will utilize previously unseen material from the band's archives and present rare performance footage from throughout their career. The documentary will explore the English group's early days through to the classic, theatrically minded prog era into the three-piece commercial years with Collins on vocals. It's unclear if the film will also touch on the members' various solo careers and present-day activities.
So far, no air date has been revealed for Genesis: Together and Part.
Following Gabriel's departure, the last time the five members officially played together was a 1982 performance at the Milton Keynes Bowl in Stratford, England. Partial reunions have taken place over the years, while plans for a 20th anniversary tour behind The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway were vetoed in 2004.
Whether or not the reunion will extend beyond participating in the making of the documentary, meanwhile, remains to be seen. Speaking with Rolling Stone earlier this year, Gabriel maintained a "never say never" position in regards to a proper reunion, stating, "I think there's a small chance, but I don't think it's very high."