Genesis Postpones UK Tour Dates Due to Positive COVID Tests
English rock band Genesis have been forced to cancel four UK tour dates after band members tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of performances in London and Glasgow.
The group, which enjoyed huge international success in the 1980s, said in a statement Friday that they were “devastated” by the show that night and that performances for the next three days would not be held.
The release does not say whether the positive tests have had an impact on plans for Genesis’ next North American tour, which is set to begin in Chicago on November 15.
“Following the advice and guidance of the government, it is with immense regret that the last four shows of Genesis’ Last Domino? The tour… had to be postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the group, ”the statement said.
“This is an extremely frustrating development for the band who are devastated by this unfortunate turn of events. They hate having to take these steps, but the safety of the public and the touring crew must come first. They look forward to seeing you at their return.
The group said they were working to reschedule the postponed shows at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena and London’s O2 Arena and would announce new dates “as soon as possible”.
Tickets purchased for performances will remain valid for the revamped shows, they said.
The next tour of the United States and Canada is expected to include shows in Washington DC, Charlotte, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo, Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
The 2021 tours, Genesis ‘first since 2007, saw the line-up of Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford expand to include Collins’ son Nicholas, 20, on drums.
The original trio of the group is now in the early 70s.
Collins, who previously provided vocals and drums, was unable to perform due to ongoing health issues. JB
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