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Phil Collins’, 70, is back in his element as the Genesis reunion tour kicks off in Birmingham


Phil Collins was back in his element on Monday evening as Genesis’ The Last Domino? reunion tour kicked off in Birmingham

Taking to the stage at the city’s Utilita Arena, the talented musician, 70 – who has suffered with health issues over recent years – remained seated during the entire show.

The I Can’t Dance hitmaker leant against a microphone stand while performing his best-loved hits during his band’s first live performance since their Turn It On Again Tour thirteen years ago.

Talented: Phil Collins was back in his element on Monday evening as Genesis’ The Last Domino? reunion tour continued in Birmingham

It follows a BBC Breakfast interview earlier in September, where he confessed to no longer being able to play the drums. 

Twitter was awash with worry from viewers and fans, who noted his weakened state as he was interviewed about Genesis, during which he said: ‘No [I can’t still play the drums]. I’d love to. But I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand.’

The star’s health woes have been well-documented in recent years and he has been seen using a wheelchair after undergoing back surgery following a fall in his bathroom in 2017 and various mobility issues followed. 

Main man: Taking to the stage at the city's Utilita Arena, the talented musician - who has suffered with health issues over recent years - remained seated during the entire show

Support: The I Can't Dance hitmaker leant against a microphone stand while performing his best-loved hits

Main man: Taking to the stage at the city’s Utilita Arena, the talented musician, 70 – who has suffered with health issues over recent years – remained seated during the entire show

Comeback: It marked the band's first live performance since their Turn It On Again Tour thirteen years ago

Comeback: It marked the band’s first live performance since their Turn It On Again Tour thirteen years ago

He attended the wedding of his daughter Lily to Charlie McDowell over the weekend, however it is unclear when the BBC interview was filmed.

Speaking on-screen, he said: ‘I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son…

‘No [I can’t still play the drums]. I’d love to. But I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. There are certain physical things that get in the way… 

Shocking: The show follows a BBC Breakfast interview earlier in September, where he confessed to no longer being able to play the drums.

Shocking: The show follows a BBC Breakfast interview earlier in September, where he confessed to no longer being able to play the drums.

‘We’re all men of our age, and I think to some extent, I think it probably is putting it to bed. I think yeah, I think just generally for me, I don’t know if I want to go out on the road any more.’

Twitter users penned: ‘Saw Phil Collins on tv this morning and he looked really old that’s a bit sad isn’t it… Shocked and sad to see #PhilCollins physical health and wish I could see #Genesis ‘Put to Bed’ U.K. tour…

‘First fell in love with Genesis in the mid 80s as a teen, progressing to Phil Collin’s unique multi-gifted musical genius as a solo artist. Come to Bristol or Cardiff….

‘Saw Genisis being interviewed on the box this morning, Phil Collins doesn’t look too well… Just watched the #Genesis piece on ‘@BBCBreakfast, Phil Collins looks in a very bad way…

Concern: Fans flooded Twitter with tweets detailing the appearance

Concern: Fans flooded Twitter with tweets detailing the appearance 

Changes: Speaking on-screen, he said: 'I'm kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I'd love to be playing up there with my son'

Changes: Speaking on-screen, he said: ‘I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son’

‘I’ve just seen Phil Collins on TV looking so frail says he can lo longer hold a stick to drum he was sat down singing at a concert how sad this is… 

‘Aww just seen Phil Collins on bbc breakfast. He doesn’t look at all well… Just saw Genesis on the news. Phil Collins looks and sounds really unwell… 

‘Gosh Phil Collins isn’t looking too good (sorry) , bless him , I hope they aren’t just using him for another tour. Not sure if it’s a good idea. Please take care Phil. Sending my love to you.’

Health: 'No [I can't still play the drums]. I'd love to. But I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. There are certain physical things that get in the way'

Health: ‘No [I can’t still play the drums]. I’d love to. But I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. There are certain physical things that get in the way’

Congrats! He attended the wedding of his daughter Lily to Charlie McDowell over the weekend, however it is unclear when the BBC interview was filmed

Congrats! He attended the wedding of his daughter Lily to Charlie McDowell over the weekend, however it is unclear when the BBC interview was filmed

MailOnline contacted a Phil’s representatives for comment at the time.

In April 2009, Phil had surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck, which occurred while drumming on the 2007 Genesis tour. 

In a tragic turn of events, the operation caused him to lose feeling in his fingers and could only hold drum sticks if they were taped to his hands.

In 2010, Phil stated he was suffering depression and had even debated suicide but stopped himself at the thought of his children.

Way back when: Phil is pictured with his wife Jill Tavelman and daughter Lily Collins in 1991

Way back when: Phil is pictured with his wife Jill Tavelman and daughter Lily Collins in 1991

Four years later, he revealed he still could not properly play the drums due to an undiagnosed nerve problem rather than arthritis.

In 2015, he underwent a spine operation and announced the following year that he was still unable to drum with his left hand. Doctors said he would be able to play again but only with step-by-step practice. 

In January 2017, the iconic hitmaker revealed that he is a type 2 diabetic and had received treatment with a hyperbaric chamber after he developed an infected diabetic abscess on his foot. 

Phil announced his comeback tour in October 2016 after coming out of retirement.

Worried: His fans were left concerned following the appearance

Worried: His fans were left concerned following the appearance 

The musical icon had planned to kick off his return with five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall with tickets for the shows selling out in 15 seconds. But following a fall on the way to the bathroom a year later, the British singer was forced to cancel.

In the hotel room fall he hit his head on a chair as he fell, and was forced to have stitches for a severe gash near his eye

A statement was released at the time, which read: ‘Phil suffers from “drop foot” as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk.’ Since then his mobility and health problems have persisted. 

Throwback: Phil looked healthier when pictured in 1984

Throwback: Phil looked healthier when pictured in 1984



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