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Phil Collins Explains Why He’s Hanging up His Drumsticks

Look for his son behind the kit on the upcoming Not Dead Yet dates.

By Robyn Collins

Phil Collins announced his return to the stage with the Not Dead Yet Tour, including a residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall. However, the former Genesis frontman will not be returning to the drums.

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“I’ll never play the way I used to,” he said in a press conference. “Something happened on the Genesis reunion tour. At the end of each show, I had a drumming duel with Chester Thompson, and one night something happened. It just went. I tried everything—bigger drumsticks and so on, but it just never came back. It’s a mystery what happened, I just couldn’t get it back. But I’m 65 and I played drums since I was five. I’d like to have the choice about being able to play, but I’m not going to cry myself to sleep about it.

“I had back surgery a year ago, I’d messed my hips up as well,” he added. “That was a year ago and as of now I have a dropped foot, which means I have no feeling in it. I walk with a cane, but I’m hoping that gets better.”

Collins’ son Nicholas will play drums on the upcoming tour. “He’s learned from watching John Bonham, Chad Smith and me, so he’s got some balls when he plays,” Collins said. “He takes notes very well. It can obviously be awkward when it’s family, they might not take criticism, but Nick is great at taking advice.”We’ve played three short charity shows in Europe together, seven-song things, and the band have been very impressed with him.”

Phil Collins’ upcoming Not Dead Yet tour dates are below.

London, Royal Albert Hall – June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Cologne, Lanxess Arena – June 11, 12
Paris, Accors Hotel Arena – June 18, 19


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