Genesis inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomes Genesis.

Genesis was welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight at a ceremony in New York City. In this photo, Phil Collins (center), Tony Banks (left), and Mike Rutherford (right) appear before a concert at the Air Canada Centre in 2007.

English progressive rockers turned 1980s pop stars Genesis were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, joined by two other acts that thrived in second lives — ABBA and The Hollies.

Genesis was inducted by Trey Anastasio of Phish, whose band paid tribute to both incarnations of Genesis by performing "Watcher of the Skies" and "No Reply at All."

The new inductees were missing Peter Gabriel, the theatrical lead singer whose departure was the dividing line between the band's two styles.

Former bandmate Mike Rutherford said Gabriel wanted to send his apologies for missing the event.

"He has a very legitimate and genuine excuse," Rutherford said. "He's actually starting a tour."

Anastasio recalled buying Genesis albums as a teenager. He called the band "rebellious, restless and constantly striving for something more."

"Every musical rule and boundary was questioned and broken," he said. "It's impossible to overstate what impact this band and musical philosophy had on me as a young musician. I'm forever in their debt."

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