Genesis' money reunion

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 June 2008
Phil Collins

Genesis drummer Phil Collins

Genesis are "milking" their reunion, says punk legend Pete Shelley.

The Buzzcocks rocker supports the Sex Pistols comeback but claims groups like Genesis and The Police got back together for the money.

Shelley said: "The Sex Pistols can reform and make a comeback because they're a great band. It's Genesis that are going around milking it. If all the people that go and see Genesis or the Police play now went and formed bands there's no hoping. If people go form a band as a result of the Sex Pistols then that would be a much better result for music."

The 53-year old founding member of the Buzzcocks, and staunch supporter of do-it-yourself punk values has been touring with the band and releasing albums since 1976. Buzzcocks themselves broke up in 1981, but regrouped in 1989 and have been together ever since.

Shelley has also spoken out against bands getting paid large sums to reunite and go on tour again.

Shelley added to BANG Showbiz: "These bands that are reforming - they sign with a company that specialise in comebacks. The company say 'If you sign with us you'll make 'X' amount of money guaranteed.' All they have to do it turn up and play... All the merchandise, all the buy-ons from the other bands that want to play on the bill all goes into a big pot and back to them. It's completely immersive, just an exercise in marketing."

Shelley suggests a much better ticket would be to come and see Buzzcocks, New York Dolls and the Sex Pistols when they play at the Lokerse festival in Belgium on Saturday August 2.

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