Phil Collins marks comeback with European tour

Culture Desk | Published: 18:18, Oct 17,2016 | Updated: 18:22, Oct 17,2016

Phil Collins

Phil Collins. — BBC photo

Rock veteran Phil Collins is coming out of retirement after 10 years with dates in London, Paris and Cologne.

The star, whose hits include In The Air Tonight and Against All Odds, will play a five-night residency at London's Royal Albert Hall next June, reports BBC.

That will be followed by similar five-night stints in Paris and Cologne.

Collins announced his retirement in 2011, after nerve damage left him unable to play the drums, but revealed last year he planned to go on tour.

Although he has recovered some dexterity, he said he was unlikely to sit behind the kit on the new tour.

‘I think I'll be just singing. I don't think I'll ever be able to play the way I used to.

The star, now 65, said he would practice the iconic drum riff to In The Air Tonight on ‘a drum kit in the garage’ as that was ‘something I feel I should do.

‘It's just a question of getting strength back.’

However, he said his 15-year-old son, Nicholas, would fill in for his dad on tour.

‘Nicholas is in the learning stage, and he's already a fantastic drummer,’ he said.

Collins made a tentative return to the stage at a one-off show for his Little Dreams Foundation last year, at which Nicholas played drums ‘and all the band were very impressed’.

The star also sang two of his hits at the opening of the US Open tennis in New York in August.

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