Phil Collins streams on Spotify have nearly doubled since he announced his live comeback.
Yesterday (October 17) Collins announced his long-awaited return to the stage with the ‘Not Dead Yet Tour’ – including a residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall. He’s also rumoured to be appearing at Glastonbury.
Spotify reports that streams of his solo songs were up a massive 94% on the same day in 2015. The Top 5 Phil Collins songs on Spotify yesterday were:
- ‘You Can’t Hurry Love’
- ‘In The Air Tonight’
- ‘Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)’
- ‘You’ll Be In My Heart’
- ‘Another Day In Paradise’
Speaking at his press conference at the Royal Albert Hall yesterday, Collins also discussed the mysterious affliction which has stopped him from playing drums.
"I’ll never play the way I used to," he said. "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. "
He added: "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."
Collins also explained that his son Nicholas will be taking over drum duties on the upcoming tour. "He’s learned from watching John Bonham, Chad Smith and me, so he’s got some balls when he plays," Collins said. "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," Collins added.
Phil Collins’ upcoming ‘Not Dead Yet’ tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday (October 21).
London, Royal Albert Hall (June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Cologne, Lanxess Arena (June 11, 12)
Paris, Accors Hotel Arena (June 18, 19)
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