Phil Collins has announced that he will be playing a series of shows around Europe next summer. The 65 year old gave fans the news at a recent press conference which featured a Q&A with Jools Holland.
Phil Collins had previously retired from performing live back in 2002, due to long term injuries to his arms and back sustained from years of playing drums. The last time the musician performed live was during a brief reunion tour with former band Genesis in 2007. Collins is now booked to play a five night stint at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall as well as a couple of nights in both Cologne and Paris.
Having already been in one of the most successful band’s of the 1970’s, Phil Collins transitioned into recording solo material in the early 80s. His first studio album ‘Face Value’ became an instant worldwide success, partially due to the popularity of its lead single ‘In The Air Tonight’. ‘Face Value’ was reissued earlier in the year to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
The re-release of ‘Face Value’ has led to a resurgence in popularity for the singer, however many of his fans never thought they would get the opportunity to see Collins perform live ever again.
In a recent interview about his upcoming live performances, Collins stated: “I’ll play these shows and then I’ll have a lie-down. I’m old-school. Touring used to be like going to war: it went on so long, you didn’t know when you’d come back. But now, I can do it all in three weeks.”
“I play with my fingers, and that’s where the dexterity has gone. They’ve clammed up, and I’m hoping to get the strength back in them. I hope I’ll be able to play ‘In The Air Tonight’, as I should do that song.”
Here is a full list of tour dates for 2017:
London, Royal Albert Hall – June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9
Cologne, Lanxess Arena – June 11, 12
Paris, Accors Hotel Arena – June 18, 19