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Phil Collins may never play drums again

Phil Collins may never be able to play the drums again after a back injury.

The Genesis drummer said an operation to repair dislocated vertebrae in his neck had left him unable to hold drumsticks properly or play the piano.

But Collins, 58, took a philosophical view of the injury, which he originally suffered during the last Genesis tour, in 2007, saying "stuff happens in life".

"There isn't any drama regarding my 'disability' and playing drums," he said.

"Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.

"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."

At a Prince's Trust garden party earlier this week, he said the problem had come about because of his drumming posture, which meant his vertebrae had been crushing his spinal cord and he was now unable to hold his sticks without pain.

Phil Collins drumming at VH1 Rock Honors in Las Vegas in 2007
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