phil-collins-werkt-aan-album-adele1390597687-584x340Well, the rumours were right. Collins says with the encouragment of fans and his kids he is heading back to the stage with a tour titled, “Not Dead Yet.”..which is also the name of his new autobiography.

“It’s going to be a romp through my songs that people love,” says Phil who cant physically play drums anymore but his 15-year-old son Nicholas will fill in. He says, “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play the way I used to, 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.” There is a chance he will jump in the kit, he says, for “In the Air Tonight” Collins adds, “Sixty years of drumming messed up my back and hips,” he said. “I’ve had back surgery to sort it out but it’s left me with a dropped foot. I’m hoping it will get better as my nerves regenerate”.

Collins announced his retirement in 2011 but says playing at the US Open tennis event in New York this past August gave him the bug again including a kick-in-the-butt from his children.

The 65-year-old has been sober for three years and is back with his third wife. He says when the kids were not around he started drinking.

As for his old band Genesis Phil did not rule out a possible reunion. He did warn fans to not expect any new music, “I’m going to do these tour dates and then I’m going to have a lie down,” he said.

His memoir Not Dead Yet: the Autobiography will be published this week by Penguin Random House. – by John Beaudin

Phil Collins Not Dead Yet – Live 2017 tour dates:

4-9 June: Royal Albert Hall, London

11-12 June: Lanxess Arena, Cologne

18-19 June: Accor Hotels Arena, Paris

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 21 October.

John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 33 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a news man so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the 80’s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two version (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts the popular Lovesongs at QM-FM in Vancouver.

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