Mike Rutherford open to Genesis reunion as he performs at Isle of Wight festival


Genesis co-founder Mike Rutherford has said "never say never" to a reunion of the classic rock band after performing at the Isle of Wight festival.

The 65-year-old said he would be happy to follow in the footsteps of The Who and Queen who are headlining the four-day event at Seaclose Park, Newport.

He told the Press Association: "There are no plans to reform but never say never, we are all alive, we are all healthy."

Genesis on stage
Genesis (Riccardo De Luca/AP/PA)

Mike, originally from Portsmouth, Hampshire, performed on the main stage with Mike And The Mechanics, and played several Genesis tracks including I Can't Dance and Land Of Confusion during the sun-soaked set.

Ahead of the headline slot, Queen's Brian May, performing with American Idol singer Adam Lambert, took a moment to try out some guitars at a Fender showroom in the Artist Village backstage.

Earlier, Glasgow band Twin Atlantic entertained the main stage crowd when lead singer Sam McTrusty climbed into the audience during their song No Sleep, with girls in the audience trying to grab the chance to take a selfie with him.

The festival got fully under way on Friday night with a joint headline slot by Stereophonics, followed by Faithless.

The Who played a greatest hits set for their headline slot on Saturday, showing they could wow the crowd like they did when they started 50 years ago.

The Who at the Isle of Wight festival
The Who (David Jensen/PA)