Phil Collins made a rare appearance as he was spotted in a wheelchair following rumours of a Genesis reunion.
The 68-year-old was pictured arriving at Warsaw airport, on Wednesday, where he will perform at the National Stadium. However, despite appearing in high spirits and waving at the camera, it seem the father-of-five was struggling, as he needed assistance to get out of his chair. But the Easy Lover hitmaker is not going to let his health woes ruin his tour, as he held onto a walking stick, while his entourage helped him to his feet. Earlier this year, the legend received a nasty gash on the head when he tripped on his way to his hotel bathroom. He was kept in hospital overnight for observation after undergoing surgery to the wound on his forehead.
Phil Collins was pictured arriving at Warsaw airport | The Mega Agency
At the time of his accident, it was revealed on his Facebook page that he suffers from drop foot following a back operation in 2015. The One More Night singer had previously spoken about the condition during a press conference with Jools Holland, at the Royal Albert Hall, in London. ‘I had back surgery a year ago,’ he said in 2016: ‘I’d messed my hips up as well. That was a year ago and as of now I have a dropped foot, which means I have no feeling in it.’ Phil added: ‘I walk with a cane, but I’m hoping that gets better.’
Phil Collins needed assistance to get out of his chair | The Mega Agency
And it seems as though his former Genesis bandmate Mike Rutherford has the same hopes, as he recently teased a reunion with the star. When chatting on Good Morning Britain, the 68-year-old said: ‘I’ve always said, for years, never say never and we did the tour 10 years ago, and Phil is in good shape. ‘We’re all fit and healthy and we get on well, so who knows?’ The band announced a reunion tour in 2006, and the comeback gigs sold out in just 90 minutes.
However, years later in 2011, Phil told fans that he was retiring, as an illness meant he could no longer play the drums. He said: ‘There isn’t any drama regarding my “disability” and playing drums. ‘Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.’
The star added: ‘After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can’t function normally. ‘Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any “distressed” state; stuff happens in life.’
© Metro, by Abigail Gillibrand