Their early work is characterized by complex song structures, elaborate instrumentation and the theatrical antics of founder member and vocalist Peter Gabriel, who left the band in 1975. Unable to find a suitable replacement, it was drummer Phil Collins who assumed vocal duties. This change, as well as the departure of guitarist Steve Hackett, two years later, saw the remaining three members (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) move into more accessible pop-based music. This change in style resulted in a huge growth in Genesis' popularity throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.
In 1996 Collins left to concentrate on his solo work and other projects, leaving erstwhile bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks to forge ahead with new recruit; Stiltskin vocalist Ray Wilson. This line-up lasted for one album only (1997's "Calling All Stations") and Genesis soon found itself on hiatus after the poor performance and critical reaction of the new album.
In 2006 - after years of speculation - Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford reformed Genesis for the successful "Turn It On Again" tour. A reunion involving ex-members Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett remains much talked-about and unrealised.
Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2010 (performer)
Peter Gabriel (1967-1975)
Anthony Phillips (1967-1970)
Chris Stewart (1967-1968)
John Silver (2) (1968-1969)
John Mayhew (1969-1972)
Steve Hackett (1972-1977)
Phil Collins (1972-1995, 2007)
Ray Wilson (1996-1998)
Bill Bruford (1976)
Chester Thompson (1977-1995, 2007)
Daryl Stuermer (1978-1995, 2007)
Nir Z (1996-1998)