Genesis reunite for first tour in 13 years following Phil Collins’ health battle

Rock group Genesis has confirmed they are reuniting for the first time in 13 years.

The band, which is fronted by Phil Collins, confirmed they are going on the road again on an appearance on Zoe Ball's BBC Radio 2 show on Wednesday.

Group members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, all 69, told the radio host they think it's the right time for them to reunite.

Tony said: "I think it's a natural moment.

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"We're all good friends, we're all above grass and… here we are."

Rutherford added: "I'm looking forward to doing it.

"I worked it out and we've only done two shows in the UK in the last 28 years, so we haven't over-worked it."

Phil said the set list was coming together for the series of shows.

He remarked: "There are songs that you feel you have to play because the audience would feel cheated if you didn't," he told Ball. "We're still working out what the order will be."

The band will kick off their tour in Dublin on November 16.

Genesis will be performing gigs in Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow. They will also play two nights at London's O2 Arena.

Peter Gabriel, 70, who left the group in 1975, is not expected to be involved in the upcoming shows.

The trio will be joined onstage by Collins' son Nicholas, 18, on drums, and Daryl Steurmer on guitar and bass.

The rumour-mill went into overdrive last June when Phil and Mike performed together in Berlin, with fans convinced a reunion was on the cards.

Phil later dropped a major hint when he said: "We remain close friends, so you never know."

Last year, the singer was pictured being pushed into a Los Angeles hotel in a wheelchair, sparking concern among fans.

Collins has been plagued with health issues for a decade since injuring the vertebrae in his neck while performing in 2009.

Nerve damage two years later saw him have to give up playing the drums.

In a post on the Genesis website, Phil said previously: "Somehow, during the last Genesis tour, I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.

"After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can't function normally. Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano."

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