...Calling All Stations... is the fifteenth album by veteran progressive rock band Genesis. It was recorded following Phil Collins' departure from the band in 1996, and was released in 1997. The album was an attempt by bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks to continue the Genesis name while returning, to a certain degree, to Genesis' roots as an album-oriented band.
Vocalist Ray Wilson, who had fronted a brief but popular grunge-influenced outfit called Stiltskin, was brought on board after a lengthy auditioning period. Wilson's darker vocals were more reminiscent of Peter Gabriel than Collins. Because Wilson was not a drummer, both Nir Zidkyahu and Nick D'Virgilio (Spock's Beard) were called in to supply the necessary percussion work.
But while ...Calling All Stations... sold well throughout Europe, it failed to find an audience in the United States, despite an elaborate publicity launch at Cape Canaveral in Florida. Critics were derisive, and while ...Calling All Stations... was notable for attempting to bring Genesis' progressive rock roots more to the forefront, many found the results somber and lacking the dynamics of their 1970s work, let alone the fact pop and hip hop were in vogue at the time?genres far removed from progressive rock. As a result of the slim North American sales, the American leg of the tour was cancelled. Although a European tour was undertaken in 1998, Banks and Rutherford ultimately decided to relieve Wilson of his vocal duties and put Genesis on an extended hiatus, leaving ...Calling All Stations... as Genesis' last studio release to date.