Phil Collins reunites with Genesis’ Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks for rehearsals

Phil Collins cut a cheery figure as he joined his Genesis bandmates in rehearsals ahead of their first tour in 14 years, amid his ongoing drama with ex-wife Orianne Cevey.

The music legend, 69, smiled as he rehearsed with Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford on Monday – after Orianne tied the knot in a secret August wedding with her toyboy lover Thomas Bates and moved him into their Miami mansion.  

The In The Air Tonight hitmaker joined forces with guitarist Rutherford, 70 and keyboardist Banks, 70, playing together for the first time since 2007’s Turn It On Again: The Tour.

Rocking on: Phil Collins cut a cheery figure as he joined his Genesis bandmates in rehearsals ahead of their first tour in 14 years, amid his ongoing drama with ex-wife Orianne Cevey

The trio also shared some jokes during a break in rehearsals, with Phil cutting a cool figure in a baseball cap, fleece and jeans. 

The progressive rock band’s The Last Domino? Tour is scheduled to begin in April, having been delayed from November by the pandemic.

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Banks, Rutherford and Collins are joined by Collins’ son Nic, 19, on drums and long-time lead guitar and bass player Daryl Stuermer.  

Collins, who has historically provided both drums and vocals, is thought to be unable to play the instrument due to a nerve problem.

Icons: The music legend, 69, smiled as he rehearsed with Tony Banks (centre) and Mike Rutherford (left) on Monday 

It comes after the legendary hitmaker underwent multiple back surgeries, which have left him struggling to stand. 

Collins, Rutherford and Banks made up the band’s most successful and long-lasting line-up during the late 70s, 80s and early 90s.

They announced they were reuniting in March. Genesis formed at Charterhouse boarding school in Godalming, Surrey, in 1967.

They are one of the world’s best-selling groups, having sold more than 100 million records.  

They also scored 21 UK Top 40 hits and six Number One albums, and released their last compilation back in 1997.

Genesis last performed together in 2007, to mark their 40th anniversary.

A must see: The progressive rock band’s The Last Domino? Tour is scheduled to begin in April, having been delayed from November by the pandemic

Phil has previously said he wouldn’t be able to drum for the band should they decide to reunite, insisting his son Nic would have to play in his place. 

He told Rolling Stone: ‘I’m saying this to you… I haven’t really said it to Tony and Mike did mention to Tony very quietly if we did anything again it would be with Nic on drums. He kind of didn’t say no. But I’m not sure if he heard me or not.’

The sighting of Phil in rehearsals comes four days  after Orianne accused him of spying on her by setting up hidden cameras in her bathroom and changing room, in explosive new court documents from their bitter legal battle that got underway at a Florida courtroom last Tuesday.

Orianne alleges the rock legend fabricated a ‘shameful story’ in his lawsuit to have her removed from his Miami Beach mansion, where she is living with her new toyboy husband.

The 46-year-old jewellery designer also calls Collins ‘callous’ for pushing her to live in her Las Vegas home, as she says that would take her son from another marriage away from his father who lives locally.  

We’re getting back together! Collins, Rutherford and Banks made up the band’s most successful and long-lasting line-up during the late 70s, 80s and early 90s

It is the latest blistering salvo in the new chapter of the British drummer’s headline-grabbing on-off relationship with Orianne.

After a 12-year marriage and two sons, the pair divorced in 2008 with a record $47 settlement.

They surprised the world when they announced in 2016 they were back together and living in Collins’ $33 million waterfront mansion in Miami.

Earlier this month it emerged they had again split, after the star found out she had married struggling musician Thomas Bates, 30, in Las Vegas, while he was in Europe.   

As he sued to have them removed, the In the Air Tonight singer claimed the pair are ‘trespassers’ and have taken over the home with armed guards ‘through a show of force’.

The couple hit back through their legal team and, in a newly revealed response, called the lawsuit ‘nothing more than a retaliation’ to the new marriage and a ‘shameful story’ that he has ‘fabricated’.

Iconic:They also scored 21 UK Top 40 hits and six Number One albums, and released their last compilation back in 1997 (pictured in 1983)

They accused him of trying to ‘strip them of all their belongings, excepting only the clothes on their backs as they are dragged out of their home.’

In a court hearing on Tuesday, Collins’ attorneys mocked Xever’s for claiming she has a 50 percent interest in the home, which was purchased through an LLC said to be owned solely by Collins.  

He recently listed it for sale at $40 million and alleges she has stopped a realtor from trying to sell it.

But, in an affidavit, she alleges that, ‘Mr Collins and I selected and purchased the Family Home to live in as a family’ in 2015.

‘Even after we were divorced, Mr Collins and I always remained close,’ she reveals.

‘Mr Collins and I decided to give our romantic relationship another chance, especially because it was critical to the children’s well-being and important to us that the children be raised by two parents.’

Over: The sighting of Phil in rehearsals comes four days after Orianne accused him of spying on her by setting up hidden cameras in her bathroom and changing room (pictured in 2018) amid their bitter legal battle

She adds they chose a home that would be near to the father of her youngest son, whom she shares custody with ex-husband Charles Mejjati, and is referred to in the docs as ‘A.A’.  

‘We selected the furniture together, among other things, to make the Family Home ours, and Mr Collins, and I, along with the children, decided to name the home Fil D’or,’ she says.

The affidavit adds that she moved in her personal possessions from Switzerland, worth $10 million, and opened a joint bank account.

Cevey and Bates married on August 2nd in Las Vegas.

The affidavit says the former Genesis musician left the Miami Beach home ‘in August… on his own volition’ and left behind ‘some private possessions’.

Split: Collins (left with Cevey in 2003, right in 2017) filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Cevey from his home 

He came back to take some of his belongings in late August, before leaving again, according to the documents.

The filings include a personal text message, said to be from Collins, saying he would only be back again in January, despite claims from his legal team that he was looking to return for Christmas.

The message ends with: ‘I’ve told the boys and they’re ok and understand. Hope you do too. P x.’

In his lawsuit to have her removed, Collins accused her of covering up security cameras in the house to prevent him from seeing into his home.

However, Cevey claims in a dramatic turn that the cameras she covered had been installed secretly to spy on her.

‘I discovered approximately twenty hidden cameras throughout the Family Home, including in my personal bathroom and changing room,’ she says in the affidavit.

‘These cameras were installed without my knowledge or consent. I covered these cameras with band-aids in order to preserve my privacy and the privacy of my children in the Family Home.

Claims: Cevey allegedly sent a Collins ‘a text’ telling him that she had ‘found someone else’ to see if she could try and be ‘happy again’. Pictured in 2016 

‘I was greatly disturbed and outraged that Mr Collins apparently requested that hidden cameras be installed in these rooms.’

In another filing, her legal team accuse Collins of trying to ‘spy on (Cevey) during her most private moments.’  

They also claim he has ‘fabricated a tale of an “armed takeover” by Orianne’ at the house, saying the security team she is using is the same the pair have had for five years.

In fact, she claims that a ‘long time guard’ was spying on her for Collins and ‘relaying personal and private information about me’ to him after he left the home. The man was fired, according to the documents.

In a more touching passage, Orianne tells how during the latest stint in their relationship Collins raised A.A. as if he was his own.

She adds: ‘Despite the status of our relationship and the recent actions he has taken… Mr Collins and I have children together and I still consider him an important part of my and their lives.’

Separate ways: Following their second split, Orianne tied the knot with Thomas Bates in Las Vegas in August, after telling Collins that she was leaving town ‘on business.’ (Pictured in 1994)

But a filing from her legal team says: ‘Uprooting A.A. from the Home would severely disrupt his life and sense of stability and would severely burden the shared-custody and parenting plan in place.’

They add that the suggestion to move to Las Vegas ‘only highlights the improper nature of this entire lawsuit, and Mr Collins’ true motive – to harass and demean Orianne, while hurting the children at the same time.’  

As part of her reasons to remain, the documents also say that she suffers from a ‘debilitating neurological condition’ requiring daily physical therapy with equipment in the home, including its swimming pool.

While Orianne’s affidavit runs for six pages, new husband Thomas Bates’ is only one page long.

In it he claims he has only been living with her in the house since September 14, despite confirming they were married over a month earlier. He also says Collins left for Switzerland on August 28th.

He adds: ‘Mr. Collins left a number of his personal belongings in the Family Home, even though he could have taken them with him.

‘I also will not do anything to damage or dispose of any of Mr. Collins’ personal belongings. At no time did Mr. Collins express any concern to me or Orianne in my presence about either of us damaging his personal belongings.’

The fillings also detail that Orianne split with her two original lawyers earlier this week over ‘irreconcilable difference’.

At the last hearing, Collins’ team accused Orianne of stalling, saying she was going through ‘lawyer number three, story number four.’

In their original filings, Collins’ legal team had accused Orianne of taking over the house and demanding a ‘preposterous amount of money’ to leave it.

They alleged that if he did not comply, her intention would be to ‘file a baseless suit full of false information which would then undoubtedly be provided to the media to embarrass and defame Phil.’

At a hearing earlier this week, the parties agreed to remove any disputed items in the mansion while the case is heard, including personal possessions Collins labelled ‘irreplaceable’, such as unpublished music and his collection of Alamo memorabilia.

On the back of Orianne’s claim of an ownership interest in the house, a Miami judge decided the case should be heard at a different court, indicating that the new couple will continue to reside in the house for now.

Collins’ team angrily accused them of using ‘gamesmanship’ to stay in the home.

A new hearing would be expedited, the judge said, but has yet to be scheduled.

Close: In 2015, the couple famously decided to give their romance another go – and all seemed to be well but they never remarried

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