Exciting news for all fans of Phil Collins: he will be returning to the stage next year for a run of shows in Europe.
The first date will be in London, at the Royal Albert Hall, in June 2017, followed by dates in Paris and Cologne.
Genesis’ former frontman first announced in 2011 that he was going to retire from the music business. One of only three artists in history who have sold over 100m records, however, said that August performances at two charity shows made him change his mind, and that his children encouraged him to start performing again.
The tour is titled Not Dead yet, and Collins has stated that “It’s going to be a romp through my songs that people love.” Collins will be accompanied on stage by his 15-year-old son Nicholas on the drums for the duration of the tour. He also said that he likely won’t be playing the drums himself and that he will only focus on singing.
“I don’t think I’ll never be able to play the way I used to, no,” 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.”
He added: “I play with my fingers and that’s the thing that has clammed up over the past few years. So it’s a matter of getting my strength back... I’ve got a drumkit in the garage and I will be getting to that to see if I can at least do In The Air.”
When it comes to Genesis, the possibility of them reuniting has not been ruled out yet. The original line-up was briefly reunited for a tour in 2007, but they haven’t performed together since. “Doing the book [his autobiography] I was reminded what good friends we are,” he said. “ I consider what we had to be pretty special...I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Collins said for the time being, fans shouldn’t “anticipate any new music”. “I’m going to do these tour dates and then I’m going to have a lie down,” he said.
“I thought I would retire quietly,” said Collins of his return. “But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited. It just feels right.”
Phil Collins’ memoir Not Dead Yet: the Autobiography is set for a release this week, published by Penguin Random House.
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.