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Phil Collins

Announces comeback

28 Oct, 2015

Collins talks to Rolling Stone about starting to work again.

I’m no longer officially retired. The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go…My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I’d like to take them out so they can enjoy it.

He also talks about his wife leaving him in 2008:

It left me with a lot of time on my hands to think about what happened. I went through a few bits of darkness; drinking too much. I killed my hours watching TV and drinking, and it almost killed me. But I haven’t had a drink in three years.

And his recent surgery:

I had an MRI and my back and hips were just shot. The doctor had to go in there, work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess…After this surgery, though, the doctor said to me that my vital signs were all there. He said to me, ‘If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practice.

He also says he doesn’t understand fans who want to see the early Genesis lineup reform.

I just don’t understand that. They haven’t thought it through. Pete won’t sing Invisible Touch‘ or I Can’t Dance. We’d only do material like The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Also, I can’t play drums, so I can’t do what I did. I just want to settle with the bits of me that I can possibly do.