Phil Collins has long entertained fans with his music talents. The artist’s career spans over decades. However, it appears Collins has performed his last ever concert after a long health battle.
The 71-year-old music legend performed with Genesis at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night. Phil’s condition is so bad that he can’t even no longer hold a drumstick after surgery on his back. After his performance at the O2, he bid farewell to his fans and told the crowd he will now have to get a real job.
The group which includes Phil as well as keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist-bassist Mike Rutherford reunited for their tour, The Last Domino. However they were forced to cancel a string of shows because of Covid last year.
Phil has appeared quite frail through the entirety of the tour. His nerve damage has stopped him being able to play the drums whilst he also has to walk with a stick. He told The Guardian, “I don’t do anything at all. I don’t practice singing at home, not at all. Rehearsing is the practice.” He also showered appreciation to the band members for their support.
“These guys are always having a go at me for not, but I have to do it this way. Of course, my health does change things, doing the show seated changes things,” he added, explaining how he didn’t feel him having to sit down got “in the way” of the show.”
The Genesis legend’s health has been declining for the last 15 years. He injured a vertebrae in his upper neck, which led to crippling nerve damage, and he is also battling acute pancreatitis. In a message published on the Genesis website, Phil explained, “Somehow, during the last Genesis tour, I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.
Meanwhile, we wish Phil all the best in his new chapter in life post retirement. Stay tuned to Thirsty.
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