Peter Gabriel's No-Show Is No Problem To Genesis
March 1, 2010

After Peter Gabriel announced that he would not be able to attend Genesis' induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, many fans were disappointed that their reunion hopes were dashed. However, Gabriel is holding orchestra rehearsals for his upcoming European and North American concerts to promote his new album, Scratch My Back, and his old bandmates see no disrespect in his absence. They say that he simply just cannot make it.

"(Gabriel) rang up and said, 'Look, everyone's going to say I'm trying to snub you and all the rest of it.' I said, 'Well, just tell them we didn't want you to come, so we're snubbing you!'" joked
Genesis keyboardist Tony Banks to "No... I mean, it's a fair enough thing. It would've been lovely if he could've come, but I understand his problem."

Guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford added that Gabriel was "very keen" about the induction and feels the singer's absence is "a very legitimate excuse. I know he would (come) if he could, but it's just the wrong timing."

The other Genesis members who will be there include Phil Collins, who's rehabilitating from spinal surgery; guitarist Steve Hackett, who left the band in 1977; and longtime touring members Chester Thompson and Daryl Stuermer. Many of them are staying busy musically, as Collins is recording an album of Motown songs that's due out this fall. Hackett is collaborating on a project with Yes bassist Chris Squire, and Banks is working on a classical piece. Rutherford, meanwhile, has reactivated Mike & the Mechanics with singer Andrew Roachford, and expects to have a new album finished by May.