“Against all odds,” Phil Collins keeps moving forward.
The frail-looking Collins finished his first show with Genesis on “The Last Domino?” ‘Birmingham tour on Monday night, remaining seated throughout the concert.
Collins, 70, sang all the tunes of the night from a chair on stage, though he wasn’t the only one in that regard: the band’s guitarist, Mike Rutherford, also chose to play perched on a stool at certain places.
The Birmingham show was the first stop on the band’s farewell tour and their first gig in 13 years since the 2007 Turn It On Again tour.
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In the latest issue of Mojo, Collins recently said this will be the last chance to see Genesis live. “This English and American tour will be enough for me,” he said.
Collins has had health issues for the past few years and has been open about his physical issues prior to this tour.
When asked how he prepared for months of three-hour shows, Collins told The Guardian he hadn’t done it: “I’m not doing anything at all,” he said. . “I don’t practice singing at home, not at all. Repetition is practice. These guys [his band mates] still tempt me not to do it, but I have to do it that way. “
Collins revealed before starting the tour that he could “barely hold” chopsticks due to the combination of poor technique and a spinal injury he sustained over the years.
“My vertebrae have crushed my spinal cord from the position I am drumming in,” he explained. “It comes from years of playing. I can’t even hold the sticks properly without it being painful; I even used to stick the sticks on my hands to pass. “
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Collins’ 20-year-old son Nic took over the drumming throne for himself. Collins called his disability “very frustrating because, you know, I would love to play up there with my son,” on “BBC Breakfast” earlier this month.
When asked if the current tour puts Genesis’ to bed, ‘Collins said,’ We’re all men our age, and I think – to some extent – yes, that’s probably putting him to bed. bed. “
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“Fair, generally, for me,” he added, “I don’t know if I want to go out on the road anymore. “