Phil Collins has announced a comeback tour, his first in many years; the Not Dead Yet Tour, which will kick off in Europe in 2017. The legendary artist and former Genesis frontman made the announcement in a live stream press conference. You can see the replay and get the latest updates right here.
Phil Collins most recently took to the stage for a performance at a charity event in Miami, marking his first live concert in six years. He performed again, in August in New York at U.S. Open with Leslie Odom Jr.
Now the iconic artist is embarking upon a comeback after health setbacks that threatened to derail his career altogether after decades of success, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, numerous Grammy Awards and more than 100 million records sold. Fully making the point that he’s not sailing into the proverbial sunset, his tour takes its name from his pointedly titled memoir, ‘Not Dead Yet’ which is set for publication in October.
The tour will kick off in June 2017 with a five-night residency at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. He will also perform concerts in Paris and Cologne.
According to The Guardian, he said of the new tour, “It’s going to be a romp through my songs that people love.” He also pointed out that he most likely won’t play drums and would instead “just be singing.”
Continuing, he added, “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.”
He also spoke about the physical challenges he has been facing and said,“Sixty years of drumming messed up my back and hips…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.”
As for whether or not his band Genesis might ever reunite, he said, ““Doing the book [his autobiography Not Dead Yet] I was reminded what good friends we are…I consider what we had to be pretty special … I wouldn’t rule it out.”
Here’s the full itinerary:
4-9 June: Royal Albert Hall, London
11-12 June: Lanxess Arena, Cologne
18-19 June: Accor Hotels Arena, Paris
As noted, last time around, in June, he delivered a performance at a charity event in Miami, performing some of his most iconic hits including ‘Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)’ and ‘In the Air Tonight.’ You can see video highlights below, along with the video of Phil Collins announcing his comeback tour.