Phil Collins' upcoming June stop in London will take on a decided Genesis flavor -- and not just if Collins performs some of his old band's songs.
He's tapped bandmate Mike Rutherford's Mike & the Mechanics to open for him at the British Summer Time festival show on June 30 in London, which will also feature Blondie and Starsailor.
Mike & the Mechanics play some Genesis songs during their sets, which raises the possibility of a mini-reunion, which is something Collins tells us he proceeds cautiously with talking about:
"When someone says 'Is there a chance?' I guess I should say there's no chance, and then surprise them...Nothing's been talked about, basically. I know that since the last reunion tour there have been hints of, 'Well, what about another one?' or taking it somewhere else, and possibly that could happen. But the thing is that with this particular subject, as soon as you say 'possibly' people start badgering about, 'When is it gonna happen?' I think it's safer to say it's not gonna happen and be surprised if it happens, thank you."
Rutherford, meanwhile, echoes Collins' sentiments:
"I would say there's nothing planned, which there isn't. Obviously never say never, but there's no plans at the moment...We've done an awful lot of work over the years...Put us together, we haven't changed at all, really.We play the same roles, you know?"
Collins has 17 shows booked starting June 4 in London and including stops in Paris, Dublin and Cologne, Germany. Collins' band for the tour will feature his 14-year-old son Nicholas on drums and Leland Sklar on bass.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.