November 6, 2005

Phil Collins says open to Genesis reunion

By Corinne Heller

TEL AVIV, Israel (Reuters) - British singer and songwriter
Phil Collins said on Sunday he would be open to a reunion of
his old band Genesis, a day before he is set to perform in
Israel as part of his what he calls his final tour.

"I'm open for it," said Collins, 54, the most prominent
international music star to perform in Israel since the start
of a Palestinian uprising more than five years ago.

"I'm happy to sit behind the drums and let Peter (Gabriel)
be the singer. If (a reunion) happens, I'll be there. If it
doesn't happen ... it would just be because there are too many
things in the way," Collins told reporters in Tel Aviv.

Collins' concert on Monday in Jaffa, a quarter of Tel Aviv,
is part of his "First Final Farewell Tour." He said that he
would stop touring "soon" in order to be able to spend more
time with his family, but would like to continue to record

Collins said he wasn't afraid in Israel, where
Israeli-Palestinian violence has raged for more than five
years, although attacks have largely decreased during the past
year since a February truce. He performed in Lebanon a day

"I wish it wasn't like this," Collins said of the conflict.
"I sit and watch stuff on the television, I think, 'Why, why,

Groups like progressive rockers Jethro Tull, boy band
Westlife and metal bands Megadeth and the Scorpions, have
performed in Israel during the uprising. Other artists, such as
Madonna, have canceled planned concerts, though she visited
Israel last year on a Kabbalah pilgrimage.

The progressive rock group Genesis formed in 1967 and were
internationally successful for more than 30 years. Collins, the
band's first drummer, took over as singer after Gabriel quit
the group in 1975 to become a solo artist.

Collins left in 1996 to concentrate on his own solo career
having already scored solo hits in the 1980s with "Against All
Odds" and "In the Air Tonight."

After a shuffle of band members, including an Israeli
drummer, Genesis finally called it quits in 1998.