If New Yorkers feel something coming in the air tonight, it could be Phil Collins.
Music industry insiders tell Confidenti@l that the crowning jewel in Phil Collins’ return to music could include a triumphant return to Madison Square Garden, where he last played nearly 10 years ago.
"He was a little uncertain about how he would be greeted for a comeback, but the reaction to his re-released albums have really buoyed his spirits," says a source close to the 65-year-old former Genesis drummer.
Collins last performed here on his "Turn It On Again" tour in April 2007. Collins "retired" in 2011 after suffering nerve damage in his back and his hands, which he blames on decades of pounding the skins. He announced his return to music in October, but only consummated it in March, when he performed a seven-song set in Miami where he sang, but didn’t drum.
"Obviously playing the drums may be problematic, but singing is a possibility," we're told. "He has some hearing issues, but in rehearsals with his band last year he sounded strong."
According to the insider, the Garden would be one of the bigger shows of Collins’ comeback.
"He’s not focused on playing at giant stadiums, but wants more intimate shows at theatres and arenas," the source says. "The record label knows it will be a sellout, but wants to make sure that Phil is committed to the shows and that insurers give him the go-ahead without ramifications."
We’re told that by the time Collins gets to MSG, he's likely to put together a show that includes old solo hits and introduces audiences to his new music. We're also told his now 14-year-old son Nicholas could be on drums for that show.
"He has written some new material, but not yet decided what is next," we're told. "It would be natural for the album to compliment the tour."
When we reached out to Collins reps for comment, there was no reply at all.
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