When I was in my teens I was obsessed with the defeated music of middle-age. Eric Clapton, Chris De Burgh, Dire Straits – these were my jams.
The 66-year-old musician – who has spent the last 10 years in semi-retirement due to a dislocated vertebrae in his neck before making his return to the live music scene this year – fell and hit his head on a chair as he walked to the toilet in his hotel room earlier this week and, after having stitches on a gash on his forehead, was kept in hospital under observation.
Phil Collins may have become something of a punchline for some wannabe comedians in recent years but the speed with which tickets were snapped up for his first concert dates in a decade underlined his enduring appeal, perhaps along with an admiring curiosity that - as his autoboiography, which this tour is named after, states - he's Not Dead Yet.
After retiring in 2002, Phil Collins performed his first full set in six years last year, and now the former Genesis frontman has kicked off an honest-to-goodness tour in support of his upcoming memoir Not Dead Yet.
Phil Collins is about to embark on what’s billed as his comeback tour, appropriately titled "Not Dead Yet," after heavy drinking several years ago nearly killed him and put him in the hospital.