Phil Collins, 70, performs from chair at Genesis gig amid concerns about his health
Phil Collins admits he can 'barely hold a drumstick'
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Last month, Phil Collins revealed he could no longer play the drums following a period of ill health, but this hasn’t stopped him from getting back on the road with his band again. Yesterday, he was seen belting out hits while sitting on a stool on stage alongside Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks. It’s the first time the trio have performed together since 2007.
Despite not being on the drums like old times, fans have said his vocals were still on top form.
Twitter user GraemeFox_BESA commented: “Genesis The Last Domino tour in Glasgow last night.
“Phil Collins may spend the evening sitting down but his voice is still good and Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and the rest of the band were still phenomenal!”
Tumshie added: “Artist sits down performing was one headline.
“This musical genius and stupendous band were absolutely superb! 34 yr since I last saw them. Thank you for the music.”(sic)
Donnie penned: “Just been to see Genesis at the Hydro in Glasgow and to say the least it was emotional.
“To see Phil Collins in such poor health is sad but f**k me what a gig. He’s still got it.”(sic)
Last month, the In The Air Tonight singer said he no longer feels able to play the drums.
He said on BBC Breakfast: “I’d love to but I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand.
“There are certain physical things which get in the way.”
Phil, who is also type 2 diabetic, went on to say he felt “frustrated” that he is now “physically challenged”.
In recent years, he has been getting around with the help of a cane and a wheelchair.
Concerns about his health were sparked after he took a tumble on stage during his Still Not Dead Yet tour in 2019.
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His son Nicholas, who plays the drums, and others were seen rushing to his aid at the time.
Despite the fall, he continued on with the show like a true professional.
Phil has undergone multiple back surgeries over the years.
The singer suffered a spinal injury in 2007 which damaged vertebrae in his upper neck and caused lasting nerve damage.
In 2012, he was rushed to a Swiss hospital suffering from acute pancreatitis.
In 2017, he was pictured with severe bruising after falling in his bathroom.
Phil initially announced his retirement in 2011, but came out of it five years later.
In the same year, he revealed he had turned to alcohol after splitting from his third wife Orianne Cevey.
He told a press conference: “Within months you’re drinking vodka from the fridge in the morning and falling over in front of the kids, you know.
“But it was something I lived through, and I was lucky to live through it and get through it. I was very close to dying.”
He has since insisted that the current Genesis tour will be his last.
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