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Genesis documentary opens season of new releases

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Genesis as a band ceased to be an active concern in 1998, save for a 2007 reunion tour.

But you'd hardly know it's on ice with everything going on around the group right now.

At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, Showtime will debut "Genesis -- Sum of the Parts," an American edition of the BBC's "Together and Apart" documentary that aired last weekend. The two-hour film features new interviews with the majority of the band members as well as rare performance and behind-the-scenes footage. The film has been well-received across the pond, though co-founded Anthony Phillips has complained about being excluded while Steve Hackett, Genesis' guitarist from 1972-77, recently griped that his solo career was given short-shrift in comparison to the other band members'.

"Sum of the Parts" will be out on DVD on Jan. 13 and is just one of several Genesis projects due for release. The group accompanied the documentaries with a three-CD set called "R-Kive," which features both band and solo material (and plenty from Hackett). On Nov. 4, meanwhile, the group will release the concert film "Three Sides Live" from its 1981 "Abacab" tour for the first time ever on DVD and Blu-ray.

Any more future Genesis reunions seem unlikely, however. Original frontman Peter Gabriel remains busy with his solo career, while Phil Collins has retired from performing due to health issues, though he will be performing a short set on Dec. 6 at a benefit in Miami for the Little Dreams Foundation that he co-founded with his ex-wife, Orianne.

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