Phil Collins celebrated on Saturday night his 40-year career at Montevideo’s legendary Centenario Stadium, treating fans to his classic hits during his first-ever Uruguayan show, part of his Not Dead Yet tour.
The thousands in the crowd bore the rain and cheered and applauded the singer, who put his career on hold in 2011 due to health issues and who is on his first Latin American tour since 1995.
"Hola, Montevideo," the singer ventured out in Spanish after entering the stage with a cane and walking with difficulty.
"Muchas gracias!" Collins said in the local language before opening the show with "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)," one of his most popular songs.
Although his current health condition – an undiagnosed nerve problem evidently resulting from back surgery – kept him chair-ridden for the entire concert, he and his band delighted fans with such hits as "Missed Again," "Who Said I Would," "Heaven," "You Can’t Hurry Love" and "Dance into the Light."
The fans sang and danced and did not stop paying tribute to their idol with cheers, applause and screams.
Collins shared the stage with his son Nicholas Collins, 16, who played drums.
Special guest band The Pretenders kicked off the evening with an almost hour-and-a-half-long performance, which included the classic ballad "I’ll Stand by You."
The former Genesis drummer and frontman achieved multi-platinum status during his solo career, which spans more than three decades.
© Latin American Herald Tribune
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