Phil Collins rushed to hospital, cancels shows

Phil Collins

Frail Phil Collins has been rushed to hospital after suffering a dramatic fall in a hotel forcing him to cancel London shows.
According to a message posted on the singer’s official Facebook page, the 66-year-old tripped and fell and badly gashed his head following his concert on Sunday night, after a more than 10-year break from touring, Daily Mail reports.
The post read: “We unfortunately have to announce that Phil Collins’ performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London will be postponed tonight and tomorrow.
“These Royal Albert Hall shows will be rearranged for November 26 and 27 this year.
“He will carry on with this tour on Sunday in Cologne and then Paris before returning to London for his headline performance at BST Hyde Park on June 30.”
Phil had not been on tour in over 10 years prior to that evening, but had made a triumphant return to the London stage at his Not Dead Yet tour.
The music icon though had to use a walking stick to make his entrance, and stayed seated for the entirety of the gig following major back surgery in 2015.
However, his return was not without humour, as he said to his fans: “You’re going to miss my dancing. My leg’s f*****.”
A source said: “Phil’s going to be fine. He’s disappointed but he will be back on Sunday.”
Phil was back performing for the first time since reuniting with his Genesis bandmates in 2007.
While he was unable to play the drums, the star sang his biggest hits and played the piano for the crowd, belting out classics like Sussudio for the first time in years.
While Phil was unable to play the drums, his 16-year-old son Nic took over, joining his father for the gig.
The star, who will still play the Barclaycard presented British Summer Time Hyde Park on June 30, talked about his emergency surgery in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2015, admitting doctors “had to take my back apart.”
Phil revealed that he woke up one morning and couldn’t move his right foot. “I had an MRI and my back and hips were just shot,” he told the magazine. “The doctor had to go in there, work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess.”
“After this surgery, the doctor said to me that my vital signs were all there. He said to me, ‘If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practise'” he explained.
The singer explained that he was keen for his younger children, Nic and Matt to see him doing what he does best and return to the stage.
Phil’s son Nicholas has followed in his footsteps and become a drummer, as did his eldest son Simon, and the teenager is set to play alongside his father throughout the European tour.
“Nicholas is in the learning stage. We did three shows in Europe and he played and all the band were very impressed. He’ll go out with me and he’ll be 16.”
Talking about his decision to get back on the stage, he says: “I thought I would retire quietly.
“But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited. It just feels right.”
New Zealand Herald

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