Phil Collins and his band Genesis have had to cancel tonight’s gig in Glasgow and their next three dates in London’s 02 due to Covid fears.
The hitmaking band have been playing arenas as part of their long awaited Last Domino? Tour but now Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks and their crew have told fans they can no longer perform at the eleventh hour.
In an online post they wrote: “Following guidance and advice from the Government, it is with huge regret that the final four shows of Genesis’ Last Domino? Tour (this evening (8/10) at Glasgow SSE Hydro and 11, 12, 13 October at The O2 in London) have had to be postponed due to positive COVID 19 tests within the band.”
The band added: “We are working to reschedule them as soon as possible and will announce the new dates through our website (www.genesis-music.com) and social media channels as soon as possible.”
“All tickets will remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket providers.
“This is a hugely frustrating development for the band who are devastated with this unlucky turn of events.
“They hate having to take these steps but the safety of the audience and touring crew has to take priority. They look forward to seeing you upon their return.”
Phil Collins performed last night in Glasgow and was seated on a chair as he sang rather than being behind a set of drums.
Some fans on Twitter noticed that bandmember Tony Banks made a quick exit from the stage but the two incidents are not necessarily related.
On hearing news about the postponement of their gigs, on fans wrote: “Interesting timing after they stormed off without taking a bow last night.”
Another replied: “It sort of did but not quite as Stephen says. After an excellent gig TB did indeed turn and walk off, not “stormed off” – I was at the front and had a clear view of it.
“Twice during the show he showed mild frustration at technical issues with his equipment, just gestures and head shakes. Maybe he turned on his heel, intent on giving someone an earful. But no, I doubt it’s related.”
Another chirped: “I’ve never seen Tony Banks not be frustrated on stage at technical problems.”
Others were concerned for the health of the band members with one fan saying: “Obviously hope everyone will be OK, just sad given the distance and expense to get here for my 50th. Hope the band will make it out to the west coast of USA.”
“Last night’s show at the @TheSSEHydro was fantastic, the band all looked well, although Tony was first to get off stage whilst Phil was still sorting out his walking stick.
“No band front-of-stage bow. God I hope everyone is safe…”