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Phil Collins hands baton to 16-year-old son who performs faultless rendition of In The Air Tonight to BST crowd

Phil’s 16-year-old son wowed the Hyde Park crowds Phil’s 16-year-old son wowed the Hyde Park crowds Samir Hussein/Redferns

Phil Collins have an incredible performance at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde Park, and handed over the baton to his drummer son Nic.

Or should that be drumsticks.

The legend performed his biggest hits for the crowd gathered in the London park, opening with Another Day In paradise, followed by Something Happened On The Way To Heaven and Genesis classic Follow You Follow Me.

Following his personal favourite Wake Up Call from the album Testify, Phil then took a moment to introduce his entire band, which included his pal of 51 years Ronnie Caryl, and his Genesis bandmate Daryl Stuermer.

But his final introduction was of his son Nicholas – and at just 16-years-old proved he’s got what it takes to follow in his dad’s epic footsteps.

The lad then nailed the classic drum solo in In The Air Tonight to rapture from the crowd.

Nic took to the drums to support his dad | GoffPhotos.comNic took to the drums to support his dad | GoffPhotos.com

Nic took his father’s former Genesis instrumental place on the drums, recreating the famous beat.

Speaking previously about backing his dad on the infamous track, Nic told Rolling Stone: ‘Everyone knows that fill.

‘But to be honest, it’s not that hard to play. Still, doing it at the U.S. Open was very nerve-racking.’

Phil Collins proved he’s still a legend | Samir Hussein/RedfernsPhil Collins proved he’s still a legend | Samir Hussein/Redferns

Phil addressed the adoring crowd by thanking them for coming along after previously saying he wouldn’t tour again.

‘Good evening Hyde Park, good evening London, the 66-year-old said. ‘I do understand that I said I wasn’t going to do this any more. The truth is that I missed you … so let’s have some fun.’

The Genesis frontman performed in his chair all evening, but still managed some arm dancing to the best of his tracks.

The musician did suffer a few minor technical difficulties early on, which he said made him ‘nearly pee my pants’, but he was soon back on track playing his top songs – ending on Sussudio.

After postponing two shows of his recent Royal Albert Hall series until November due to an injury last month, Phil has decided to keep the celebration going by announcing more live dates for the end of the year.

© Metro, by Katie Baillie


Phil Collins - In The Air Tonight (Live BST Hyde Park, London - June 2017) rcarney610

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