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Phil Collins announces retirement at Ivor Novello Awards


Phil Collins announced he is stepping out of the limelight at the Ivor Novello Awards today.

The Genesis frontman was awarded the International Achievement gong and during an emotional speech said “the timing was appropriate” to stop performing as he had decided to concentrate on bringing up his two young sons in Switzerland.

He joked the gorilla which played the drums in a TV chocolate advert to his hit In The Air Tonight, could take his place in Genesis.

However, the 57-year-old said he would continue to write, adding: “Thank you very much and goodnight as it were.” Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant presented the award to Collins, describing him as “one of the most spectacular drummers of all time.” And he revealed Phil had helped him when he decided to leave Led Zeppelin to pursue a solo career. “I came off the mother ship with scars and he helped me a lot. I love him loads,” said Plant.

© Mirror.co.uk, by Beth Hardie

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