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Phil Collins Won't Be Playing Drums On Comeback Tour

10/18/2016
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Phil Collins

Genesis legend Phil Collins earlier this week announced his comeback Not Dead Yet Tour, but he had also revealed that he will not be playing drums during the shows.

He explained during a press conference that he is turning drumming duties over to his son Nicolas for the tour because of physical limitations. "I'll never play the way I used to. Something happened on the Genesis reunion tour. At the end of each show, I had a drumming duel with Chester Thompson, and one night something happened. It just went. I tried everything--bigger drumsticks and so on, but it just never came back.

"It's a mystery what happened, I just couldn't get it back. But I'm 65 and I played drums since I was five. I'd like to have the choice about being able to play, but I'm not going to cry myself to sleep about it.

"I had back surgery a year ago, I'd messed my hips up as well. That was a year ago and as of now I have a dropped foot, which means I have no feeling in it. I walk with a cane, but I'm hoping that gets better."

Collins had this to say about his son Nicolas taking over on drums, "He's learned from watching John Bonham, Chad Smith and me, so he's got some balls when he plays.

"He takes notes very well. It can obviously be awkward when it's family, they might not take criticism, but Nick is great at taking advice. We've played three short charity shows in Europe together, seven-song things, and the band have been very impressed with him."

Not Dead Yet Tour Dates:
06/04/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/05/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/07/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/08/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/09/17 - London - Royal Albert Hall
06/11/17 - Cologne - Lanxess Arena
06/12/17 - Cologne - Lanxess Arena
06/18/17 - Paris - Accors Hotel Arena
06/19/17 - Paris - Accors Hotel Arena

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