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Phil Collins to end retirement with European tour (2017)

Phil Collins

Story by Jack Foley

PHIL Collins is coming out of retirement after 10 years with a new European tour.

The veteran singer and drummer, whose hits include In The Air Tonight, Another Day in Paradise and Against All Odds, has announced several dates in London, Paris and Cologne.

The jaunt kicks off with a five-night residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall next June, before moving on with two dates in Paris and two in Cologne.

Collins announced his retirement in 2011, after nerve damage left him unable to play the drums.

But he revealed last year that he planned to go on tour, albeit without taking to the drums. Rather, his 15-year-old son, Nicholas, will fill in for him on tour.

His comeback tour will be called Not Dead Yet Live.

Collins, who enjoyed more UK top 40 singles than any other artist of the 1980s, first came to prominence as the drummer and then frontman of Genesis. But he found even more fame after opting to go solo with his 1981 album Face Value, which included the hit single In The Air Tonight.

His other hits include Easy Lover, You Can’t Hurry Love, One More Night and Another Day In Paradise. Success as a singer was also followed by success as an actor, on the small screen with an appearance in Miami Vice and on the big screen as legendary train robber Buster.

The Not Dead Yet Live dates are as follows (all 2017)…

June 2017
4, 5, 7, 8 & 9 – Royal Albert Hall, London
11 & 12 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne
18 & 19 – Accor Hotels Arena, Paris.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, October 21 at 9am.

Collins’s memoir, Not Dead Yet: The Autobiography, will be published later this week.