Could it be true? In a recent interview with German media, Phil Collins has stated that he has been thinking about a return to the musical spotlight, including (gasp!) a Genesis reunion (although I doubt that means with Peter Gabriel).
“I have started thinking about doing new stuff,” Collins recently told German media. He made these comments at the Stuttgart premiere of Tarzan, a stage musical based on Disney’s Collins-soundtracked cartoon. “[Maybe playing] some shows again, even with Genesis,” he admitted to Bild am Sonntag. “Everything is possible. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven’t been there yet”.
Collins, 62, hasn’t played live since 2010, and not with Genesis since 2007. He stepped away from the drum kit after suffering major damage to his spine and basically said he was done performing. So whats driving this possible comeback? His kids. According to Britian’s The Guardian, Matthew, 8, and Nicholas, 12, apparently want to see him play, and while the artist has ignored the pleas of his manager, he has said he is motivated by his sons. Even the musician’s older children are enthusiastic: “[My father is] doing really well,” Simon Collins, frontman for the prog-rock band Sound of Contact, told Smashing Interviews. “He’s starting to write again actually and spending more time with family, myself included.”
Apart from a covers LP released in 2010, Collins’ last full-length was the 2002 record Testify. It was the only album of Collins’ solo career not to reach the top five.
Are you a Phil Collins/Genesis fan? I would say “definitely” to both. I didn’t catch Genesis on their 2007 tour but did see them 30 years ago at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. Caught Phil solo a couple of times after that. All were great shows.
Check out this clip from Collins’ “First, Final Farewell Tour” from about a decade ago.