Phil Collins is marking his comeback from a ten year hiatus with European tour dates in London, Paris and Cologne.
Each country on his tour date will be a five day itinerary, giving fans plenty of time to check out his return to the scene. The tour will begin with his stint at the Royal Albert Hall next June.
As fans will undoubtedly recall, he announced his retirement back in 2011 as nerve damage left him unable to play the drums. Phil has said that while he has recovered some dexterity, he won’t be able to sit behind the drum kit on his 2017 tour.
He said: “I think I’ll be just singing. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play the way I used to.”
As for who will be filling in at the drum kit on the tour, it will be none other than his son, Nicholas.
“Nicholas is in the learning stage, and he’s already a fantastic drummer,” he said.
“I thought I would retire quietly,” Phil continued. “But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. I changed my mind. I’m living with my young kids and they want me to go out on the road, do some new things, and there’s no reason why not.”
His tour, comically titled the Not Dead Yet tour, will begin with Royal Albert Hall dates will take place on 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 June. The German dates will be in Cologne on 11 and 12 June; with the Paris dates taking place the following week.
Tickets will go on sale on October 21, so save the date. Despite the length of each country stint, this tour is sure to sell fast as this may be Phil’s last appearance for some time.