Phil Collins Announces Live Comeback In 2017
Phil Collins is getting back on the road, confirming a five-show stay at London's Royal Albert Hall for 2017, as well as French and German gigs.
Collins retired from playing live in 2002, citing injuries to his back and arms caused by years of playing drums. He went on a brief reunion tour with Genesis in 2007, but has since been absent from performing concerts.
“It’s going to be a romp through my songs that people love,” said Collins to The Guardian,
However, Collins, 65, said it was unlikely he would play the drums himself and that he would “just be singing”.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play the way I used to”, Collins admitted.
“Something happened one night on that last Genesis tour and after that point, it never came back. I tried heavier sticks, I tried to use bigger cymbals, I just couldn’t get any power. It’s a bit of a mystery why it happened but I’m 65 and I’ve been playing since I was five years old”.
Phil Collins will play the following shows:
London, Royal Albert Hall (June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Cologne, Lanxess Arena (11, 12)
Paris, Accors Hotel Arena (18, 19)
Tickets go on sale Friday Oct. 21, at 9 a.m.