While the official response is still a firm “I don’t know,” Peter Gabriel has opened up a little more to the idea of a Genesis reunion. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gabriel said that he’s not against the idea of doing a reunion. When pressed about Phil Collins’ recent statement to German newspaper Bild Am Sonntag that, following his last few years of retirement, he would now “maybe play some shows again, even with Genesis,” Gabriel discussed how if there was a time to do it, it should be soon:
It’s never been ruled out. I’m trying to picture a time when it would top my priorities list though…Actually, I was thinking about that the other day. We’re quite lucky. Looking back at other bands of our generation, there’s usually one or two missing now. So you do get a sense of the clock.
The Genesis principals last performed together at one-off WOMAD benefit Six Of The Best in 1982. Gabriel did not attend Genesis’ induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2010.
Other details of note in the RS Q&A are Gabriel talking about getting other artists to cover him on I’ll Scratch Yours (and how Thom Yorke and David Bowie were not game) as well as hints about I/O, the long gestating follow-up to his 2002 LP Up. He also talks about his problems with Spotify and why his entire catalog is not available for streaming there: “They made a deliberate decision to get in bed with the record companies,” he says. “They gave them equity positions, which means they can make payments to them without paying the artists.”