Phil Collins is not dead yet. And while that’s the title of his new autobiography, it’s also the basis for the title of a just-announced tour, his first batch of shows in 10 years.
The 65-year-old former Genesis frontman today announced plans for gigs next summer in London, Paris and Cologne in a tour called Not Dead Yet…Live.
He officially retired in 2002, but that didn’t last very long. He last toured in 2007. He 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.
Collins told reporters in London he initially retired to spend more time with his family but started to drink after his family split up. “I’ve changed my mind,” he said of leaving the stage for good. “I’m living with my young kids. They want me to go out on the road and do my thing, and why not?”
Collins says he’s not likely to play drums on tour but might try performing the introduction to In the Air Tonight. 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.