Update 11/11/2016: Society Of Rock reports that Phil Collins and Genesis will reunite for a blockbuster reunion tour in 2017. The report also claims that band members, guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks have joined Collins in rehearsing for the upcoming trek.
Not joining the venture this time around will be former front-man Peter Gabriel, who is currently busy working on his own thing but didn’t rule out a potential run with the band down the line. Gabriel stated: “Tony, Mike and Phil are rehearsing now. I’m not involved in this round or this year. I haven’t ruled out the possibility of doing something in the future, but right now I’m going to focus on my own work.”
With Gabriel’s statement, it looks like their might be two separate tours that will expand over at least one calendar year. Stay tuned for further details and possible tour dates.
After a decade away, The Guardian reports that Phil Collins, one of the most recognizable names in the music industry, has announced plans for his 2017 “Not Dead Yet” European tour. Could North America dates soon follow?
The multi-talented singer, songwriter, musician, producer and actor will kick things off on June 4, at London’s Royal Albert Hall for a five-night stay. The European venture will also take Collins for a two night stay in Cologne at the Lanxess Arena on June 11-12 and the Accor Hotels Arena in Paris on June 18-19. Collins is also set to release his book this week, also titled Not Dead Yet: the Autobiography, through Penguin Random House.
The Genesis frontman announced his retirement from the music industry in 2011, but in a interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, the singer stated that he was no longer officially retired. To go along with some family encouragement, Collins got the itch to return after he recently performed at the U.S Open, and a charity event in Florida.
Collins stated in the interview that he is not able to play drums on tour anymore, and will only do vocals, but a Collins will be behind the kit in Phil’s 15-year-old son, Nicholas.
Collins touched on what songs fans can expect to hear. He stated: “It’s going to be a romp through the songs that people love.” He also said not to expect any new music this time around.
When talking about not playing drums anymore, Collins said:
“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play the way I used to. Something happened one night on that last Genesis tour, and after that point, it never came back. I tried heavier sticks, I tried to use bigger cymbals, I just couldn’t get any power. It’s a bit of a mystery why it happened but I’m 65 and I’ve been playing since I was five years old. I play with my fingers and that’s the thing that has clammed up over the past few years. So it’s a matter of getting my strength back…I’ve got a drum kit in the garage and I will be getting to that to see if I can at least do ‘In The Air.'”
When asked about a possible Genesis reunion, Collins replied: “Doing the book, I was reminded what good friends we are. I consider what we had to be pretty special…I wouldn’t rule it out.”
After singing and playing drums for the prog-rock band Genesis for most of the ’70’s, Collins made his solo debut in 1981 with his first studio album Face Value. Collins is one of the most successful recording artists in history, selling over 100 million albums worldwide. Collins, along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, are the only three recording artists in history to sell over 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist and as part of a group.
Collins has won numerous awards in music and film including seven Grammys and two Golden Globes. Collins has been inducted to several music industry Halls of Fame, including the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010, and the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012. The musician also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
His songs have been covered by many bands over the years including Nonpoint, Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia/Three Days Grace) Disturbed and HELLYEAH to name a few.