In a recent BBC Breakfast interview, legendary Genesis-member and subsequent solo artist, Phil Collins admitted that he can no longer play the drums due to his ill health.
When asked if he would be playing the skins during his upcoming tour with the band, the super-successful, 70-year-old singer/songwriter replied:
“No. I’d love to, but you know, I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. So there are certain physical things that get in the way.”
Since suffering a 2007 spinal cord injury that damaged his vertebrae, Collins has struggled with health-related issues which occasionally requires him to be wheelchair-bound.
Fourteen years since Genesis last toured (in celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary,) Collins’ son, Nicholas, will be taking his father’s spot behind the drum kit while Phil will remain on vocals.
During the interview, the music legend revealed that this tour – which was initially pushed back due to Covid-19 – will likely be the last, stating:
“Yes, well you know, you say things. I mean, we’re all men of our age and I think to some extent yeah, I think it probably is putting it to bed,” he explained. “I think, yeah, just generally for me, I don’t know if I want to go out on the road anymore.”