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Phil Collins Is Officially Out Of Retirement, Announces First Shows In 15 Years

Written by Sam Murphy on October 17, 2016

Phil Collins is officially back.

The former Genesis drummer and frontman teased his comeback last year but he was yet to announce shows until now.

Collins, who retired from playing live back in 2002 because of injuries to his back and arms, has announced five shows at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall (via NME).

The tour is aptly called ‘Not Dead Yet Live’, named after his autobiography Not Dead Yet which will be released this week.

While he’s yet to announce Australian shows, or any show outside of London for that matter, he did say that he was planning to play stadiums down-under.

“I would like to play the stadiums in Australia and the Far East, and that’s the only way to do that,” he said.

He did, however, also say that he may just want to play theatres and given that London’s Royal Albert Hall has a capacity of just over 5,000, it sounds like he’s opted not to do stadiums for the time being.

Collins has dodged a petition on the road to his comeback. A petition to ban Collins from returning to the stage garnered four and a half thousand signatures but was later shutdown.

So, sorry if you were one of those four and a half thousand because he’s officially back and will play his first shows in June 2017.

Watch: Phil Collins – ‘In The Air Tonight’

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