Really in opposition to all odds, Phil Collins set out on his “Nonetheless Not Lifeless But, Reside!” solo tour of US arenas in September 2019.

The tour’s identify — and that of its predecessor, 2018’s “Phil Collins: Not Lifeless But” trek — was a cheeky reference to the debilitating bodily challenges of the Genesis lead singer.

A spinal harm had left him with such restricted mobility that Collins was performing from a chair for nearly all of his live shows and utilizing a cane for what little strolling that he did.

Nonetheless, by the point the tour got here to Madison Sq. Backyard in October 2019, Collins was vigorously belting out such beloved classics as “One other Day in Paradise,” “Sussudio” and “Within the Air Tonight.” And taking part in the unmistakable drum half on the latter observe  —  certainly, skins all through the entire present — was Collins’ 20-year-old son Nic. 

Rock legend Phil Collins received a standing ovation as he sat down to sing for the first night of the Genesis reunion tour.
Rock legend Phil Collins obtained a standing ovation as he sat right down to sing for the primary evening of the Genesis reunion tour.
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Phil Collins singing with Genesis in the UK.
Phil Collins singing with Genesis within the UK: “I’m type of bodily challenged a bit, which could be very irritating as a result of I’d like to be taking part in up there,” he lately stated.
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And it’s Nic who will likely be taking part in the drums all through Genesis’ “The Final Domino?” tour, which, after being delayed final yr due to COVID, kicked off its UK leg on Monday and can hit the US in November.

​​“I’m type of bodily challenged a bit, which could be very irritating as a result of I’d like to be taking part in up there,” Collins told the BBC in an interview broadcast this month. 

However regardless of clearly being in failing well being, a 70-year-old Collins is popping it on once more together with his Genesis bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks in what’s setting as much as be a final hurrah on the street for the singer and his group.

Collins has stated this would be the band’s ultimate tour — it should hit Madison Sq. Backyard on Dec. 5 and 6 — and that it received’t prolong till 2022.

“I feel in all probability this will likely be placing it to mattress for the final time,” Collins stated within the new PBS documentary “The Final Domino?”

As for his motivation to do one final tour, he stated: “When it’s good, it’s nice enjoyable. The viewers all the time appear to come back away having loved it. So actually it’s a query of going on the market and doing what you do together with your life. I’m 70 … and I’ve been on this band since I used to be 19.”


In 2011, Collins announced he was taking time off from his music profession, prompting widespread experiences of his retirement. “I’m stopping so I is usually a full-time father to my two younger sons every day,” he stated on his official web site on the time.

The 70-year-old Collins has confronted well being points since 2007, when he suffered a spinal harm — damaging vertebrae in his higher neck — that caused lasting nerve damage. The harm had been sustained during a Genesis reunion tour throughout a drum solo — leaving him with nerve harm in his arms and unable to play the drums.

“Possibly in a yr or so it should change, however for now it’s not possible for me to play drums or piano,” he wrote on his website in 2009, including, “Stuff occurs in life.”

Collins was emotionally crushed by the harm, which rendered him unable to signal his John Hancock and, at instances, needing assist in the toilet. 

Phil Collins in his heyday before he lost the ability to play the drums.
Phil Collins earlier than he misplaced the flexibility to play the drums.
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In a 2010 interview with Rolling Stone, Collins stated he had considered taking his own life “lately” partially resulting from his incapacity to hit the skins.

“I wouldn’t blow my head off,” he stated. “I’d overdose or do one thing that didn’t damage. However I wouldn’t try this to the youngsters.”

To this present day, and regardless of again surgical procedures in 2009 and 2015 — the latter of which left him reliant on a cane — Collins’ bodily limitations stay extreme.

“I can barely maintain a [drum] keep on with this hand, so there are particular bodily issues which get in the best way,” he told the BBC.


Phil Collins with current wife, Orianne Cevey, at the 4th Annual Dreaming on the Beach Gala
Phil Collins with present spouse, Orianne Cevey, on the 4th Annual Dreaming on the Seaside Gala
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Quickly after his first again surgical procedure, Collins separated from his third spouse Orianne Cevey, who’s greater than 20 years his junior. The pair had met when she labored as a translator throughout certainly one of his European excursions. They wed in 1999, forking out almost $623,000 in at this time’s {dollars} on their reception. The pair share two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, however after the latter’s 2004 beginning, Cevey struggled with postpartum depression, and the wedding started to crumble.

“It was onerous for Phil to know,” she told the Daily Mail in 2016. “Males would not have the identical manner of expressing their emotions as girls.”

The couple separated in 2006 and finalized their divorce in 2008 — with Collins paying Cevey, in at this time’s figures, a $44 million settlement, then a report in Britain for a celeb divorce.

On the time, the Daily Telegraph reported that Collins’ three divorces had price him $84 million — a few third of his web price. Along with his two sons with Cevey, Collins additionally has three youngsters, together with actress Lily Collins, from his earlier marriages.

However his relationship with Cevey would proceed to hang-out him as he started a battle with the bottle. 

“I didn’t go round rolling drunk. However I simply began to drink,” he told the Daily Mail. “I used to stand up and I’d begin consuming and watch the cricket. Crimson wine, white wine.”

Cevey and their two children moved to Miami together with her new husband Charles Fouad Mejjati and Collins’ consuming spiraled uncontrolled.

“Earlier than you already know it, inside months, you’re consuming vodka from the fridge within the morning and falling over in entrance of the children, you already know,” he stated.

Singer, songwriter and drummer Phil Collins, with his first wife, Andrea Bertorelli.
Singer, songwriter and drummer Phil Collins, together with his first spouse, Andrea Bertorelli.
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On the top of his consuming in 2012, Collins developed acute pancreatitis and was reportedly near dying. He went to rehab — and regardless of a relapse throughout a Turks and Caicos trip that required he be airlifted to New York — he parted methods with booze for 3 years.


It was round this time, in 2015, that Collins reunited with Cevey, who at that time was nonetheless married to Mejjati, prompting a bitter cut up. 

Phil Collins and his second wife, teacher Jill Tavelman.
Phil Collins and his second spouse, instructor Jill Tavelman.
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However regardless of residing with Collins in his $40 million Miami mansion, the pair weren’t unique.

Unbeknownst to Collins, Cevey reportedly wed Thomas Bates in August 2020.

Collins sued to evict her — accusing his ex and Bates of “an armed occupation and takeover” of his residence.

Cevey responded with a counterclaim for the half the property’s value; the declare was thrown out of courtroom. She was ordered to go away the premises in January of this yr and the vacated home found a buyer.

In the course of the drama, Collins was rehearsing for his present tour with Genesis within the UK.

Regardless of all of his private setbacks, it’s doing what he loves that also retains him going.

“Each time my dad, you already know, was feeling a bit down and we’d go and play a present, I might see his temper mild up,” his son Nic stated within the PBS documentary.

“As a result of when you’ve 20,000 individuals in an enviornment who’re all there as a result of they completely love you, it’s a sense that I feel is so vital for musicians to comprehend that what they do and what they did nonetheless issues.”

Phil Collins Performing During Genesis Last Domino Reunion Tour on First Night at Utilita Arena Birmingham. This is the bands first live performance in 13 years
Collins performing for Genesis’ “Final Domino Reunion Tour” on the Utilita Area in Birmingham. This present marked the band’s first reside efficiency in 13 years
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