Why Phil Collins is still touring despite health issues

Truly towards all odds, Phil Collins set out on his “Still Not Dead Yet, Live!” solo tour of US arenas in September 2019.

The tour’s identify — and that of its predecessor, 2018’s “Phil Collins: Not Dead Yet” trek — was a cheeky reference to the debilitating bodily challenges of the Genesis lead singer.

A spinal damage had left him with such restricted mobility that Collins was performing from a chair for nearly all of his concert events and utilizing a cane for what little strolling that he did.

Still, by the point the tour got here to Madison Square Garden in October 2019, Collins was vigorously belting out such beloved classics as “Another Day in Paradise,” “Sussudio” and “In the Air Tonight.” And enjoying the unmistakable drum half on the latter observe  —  certainly, skins all through the entire present — was Collins’ 20-year-old son Nic. 

Rock legend Phil Collins received a standing ovation as he sat down to sing for the first night of the Genesis reunion tour.
Rock legend Phil Collins obtained a standing ovation as he sat all the way down to sing for the primary night time of the Genesis reunion tour.
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And it’s Nic who will probably be enjoying the drums all through Genesis’ “The Last Domino?” tour, which, after being delayed final 12 months due to COVID, kicked off its UK leg on Monday and can hit the US in November.

​​“I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there,” Collins told the BBC in an interview broadcast this month. 

But despite clearly being in failing health, a 70-year-old Collins is turning it on once more together with his Genesis bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks in what is setting as much as be a final hurrah on the street for the singer and his group.

Collins has stated this would be the band’s remaining tour — it is going to hit Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5 and 6 — and that it received’t prolong till 2022.

“I think probably this will be putting it to bed for the last time,” Collins stated within the new PBS documentary “The Last Domino?”

As for his motivation to do one final tour, he stated: “When it’s good, it’s great fun. The audience always seem to come away having enjoyed it. So really it’s a question of going out there and doing what you do with your life. I’m 70 … and I’ve been in this band since I was 19.”


In 2011, Collins announced he was taking time off from his music profession, prompting widespread reviews of his retirement. “I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis,” he stated on his official web site on the time.

The 70-year-old Collins has confronted health issues since 2007, when he suffered a spinal damage — damaging vertebrae in his higher neck — that caused lasting nerve damage. The damage had been sustained during a Genesis reunion tour throughout a drum solo — leaving him with nerve injury in his fingers and unable to play the drums.

“Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano,” he wrote on his website in 2009, including, “Stuff happens in life.”

Collins was emotionally crushed by the damage, which rendered him unable to signal his John Hancock and, at occasions, needing assist in the toilet. 

Phil Collins in his heyday before he lost the ability to play the drums.
Phil Collins earlier than he misplaced the power to play the drums.
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In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Collins stated he had considered taking his own life “in recent years” partly attributable to his lack of ability to hit the skins.

“I wouldn’t blow my head off,” he stated. “I’d overdose or do something that didn’t hurt. But I wouldn’t do that to the children.”

To today, and despite again surgical procedures in 2009 and 2015 — the latter of which left him reliant on a cane — Collins’ bodily limitations stay extreme.

“I can barely hold a [drum] stick with this hand, so there are certain physical things which get in the way,” he told the BBC.


Phil Collins with current wife, Orianne Cevey, at the 4th Annual Dreaming on the Beach Gala
Phil Collins with present spouse, Orianne Cevey, on the 4th Annual Dreaming on the Beach Gala
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Soon after his first again surgical procedure, Collins separated from his third spouse Orianne Cevey, who’s greater than 20 years his junior. The pair had met when she labored as a translator throughout one in every of his European excursions. They wed in 1999, forking out almost $623,000 in at this time’s {dollars} on their reception. The pair share two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, however after the latter’s 2004 delivery, Cevey struggled with postpartum depression, and the wedding started to crumble.

“It was hard for Phil to understand,” she told the Daily Mail in 2016. “Men do not have the same way of expressing their feelings as women.”

The couple separated in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2008 — with Collins paying Cevey, in at this time’s figures, a $44 million settlement, then a document in Britain for a celeb divorce.

At the time, the Daily Telegraph reported that Collins’ three divorces had value him $84 million — a couple of third of his web price. In addition to his two sons with Cevey, Collins additionally has three youngsters, together with actress Lily Collins, from his earlier marriages.

But his relationship with Cevey would proceed to hang-out him as he started a battle with the bottle. 

“I didn’t go around rolling drunk. But I just started to drink,” he told the Daily Mail. “I used to get up and I’d start drinking and watch the cricket. Red wine, white wine.”

Cevey and their two youngsters moved to Miami together with her new husband Charles Fouad Mejjati and Collins’ ingesting spiraled uncontrolled.

“Before you know it, within months, you’re drinking vodka from the fridge in the morning and falling over in front of the kids, you know,” he stated.

Singer, songwriter and drummer Phil Collins, with his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli.
Singer, songwriter and drummer Phil Collins, together with his first spouse, Andrea Bertorelli.
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At the peak of his ingesting in 2012, Collins developed acute pancreatitis and was reportedly near dying. He went to rehab — and despite a relapse throughout a Turks and Caicos trip that required he be airlifted to New York — he parted methods with booze for 3 years.


It was round this time, in 2015, that Collins reunited with Cevey, who at that time was still married to Mejjati, prompting a bitter break up. 

Phil Collins and his second wife, teacher Jill Tavelman.
Phil Collins and his second spouse, trainer Jill Tavelman.
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But despite residing with Collins in his $40 million Miami mansion, the pair weren’t unique.

Unbeknownst to Collins, Cevey reportedly wed Thomas Bates in August 2020.

Collins sued to evict her — accusing his ex and Bates of “an armed occupation and takeover” of his house.

Cevey responded with a counterclaim for the half the property’s value; the declare was thrown out of courtroom. She was ordered to depart the premises in January of this 12 months and the vacated home found a buyer.

During the drama, Collins was rehearsing for his present tour with Genesis within the UK.

Despite all of his private setbacks, it’s doing what he loves that still retains him going.

“Whenever my dad, you know, was feeling a bit down and we’d go and play a show, I would see his mood light up,” his son Nic stated within the PBS documentary.

“Because when you have 20,000 people in an arena who are all there because they absolutely love you, it’s a feeling that I think is so important for musicians to realize that what they do and what they did still matters.”

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