He’s been hinting at the possibility of going on tour for months now, but it seems Phil Collins is feeling the itch to get back in the game and come out of retirement, according to his longtime bassist, Leland Sklar.
In a recent interview, Sklar reveals that Collins has scheduled three weeks of rehearsals with a working band, mainly made up of Collins’ band from 2005’s First Final Farewell Tour, and includes Jason Bonham, reports Ultimate Classic Rock.
“If at the end of three weeks, he feels like it’s still got the old mojo, then he’ll talk to management and see what they want to do,” explained Sklar in the interview. “Personally, I didn’t think we were ever going to play again, and then all of a sudden, I think he’s in a better place in his life. His two young sons, I think kind of said to him: ‘We’ve never seen you.’ And I think a lot of things came together, where he wants to test the waters.”
Collins announced his retirement in 2011, citing back issues and desire to spend more time raising his two young sons. In recent months, he’s been vocal about the idea of recording new music and possibly reuniting Genesis for a tour.
He’s even gotten back together with the key members of Genesis for the first time since 1975 earlier this month for the BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Apart. Collins even stepped back on stage in May to perform with a group of middle school students at their spring concert in Miami.
On his decision to go into early retirement, Sklar speculated that Collins just need a break from his busy schedule at the time.
“I think he was just tired. He was going through a bad divorce. There were a lot of things going on in his life that were kind of not great. I think he just decided at that point that he needed to stop and just spend time with his kids, and be a dad — and try to just get away from the stress,” he noted in the interview.