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Phil Collins Plotting Comeback: 'I Am No Longer Retired' "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go," says Genesis singer

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Sitting in the master bedroom of his Miami Beach mansion just five days after undergoing major back surgery, Phil Collins is still weak and in no small amount of pain. But when the conversation for an upcoming My Life in 15 Songs feature turns to his future plans, he grows animated and excited. "I'm no longer officially retired," he says. "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go.

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Phil Collins Readies Deluxe Reissues of Solo Catalog

Collins hasn't released an album of new material since 2002's Testify, which he supported with the cheekily-titled First Farewell Tour. Since then, he's only emerged for a brief Genesis reunion tour in 2007 and the 2010 Motown covers collection Going Back, but he's now plotting a comeback tour and a new solo LP. "My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does," he says. "They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I'd like to take them out so they can enjoy it."

His young family was actually his main motivation for retiring from the road and moving to Switzerland full-time about a decade ago. But in 2008, his wife left him and eventually took the boys to Miami, leaving Collins devastated. "It left me with a lot of time on my hands to think about what happened," he says. "I went through a few bits of darkness; drinking too much. I killed my hours watching TV and drinking, and it almost killed me. But I haven't had a drink in three years."

Earlier this year, he moved into Jennifer Lopez's former house in Miami to be closer to his kids, right down the street from Barry Gibb. It allowed him to be with his sons nearly every day, even setting up a soundproof room where his 14-year-old son Nicholas could practice with his band. Everything seemed great until 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 says. "The doctor had to go in there, work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess."

His medical issues date back to 2000 when he lost almost all hearing in his left ear. His problems grew when all the drumming he did on the 2007 Genesis reunion tour led to a dislocated vertebra in his neck that caused nerve damage in his hands, ultimately leaving him unable to play the drums. He tried to carry on, even taping the sticks to his hands, but it seemed hopeless. "After this surgery, though, the doctor said to me that my vital signs were all there," he says. "He said to me, 'If you want to play drums again, all you have to do is practice.'"

Anticipating a return, he reconvened his old band, including bassist Leland Sklar and drummer Jason Bonham (in place of Chester Thompson), for three weeks of rehearsal last year. "I wasn't in good shape and then I got sick, which didn't help," he says. "Jason's a lovely guy and a great player. We never really talked since we finished that third week, so I never found out how the other guys liked it or how Jason liked it."

He's also moving a studio into his Miami home and says that he'll be begin recording new music in about a month, though he's unsure if the tour will come before or after an album. The decision will be based partially on the public's reception to his upcoming slate of solo album reissues, which will feature tons of unheard demos and alternate versions of songs from throughout his career. "I got very involved in these reissues," he says. "We even re-shot all the covers, which was my idea. I'm easily flattered. If people rediscover the old stuff and show interest, it would be silly to not make more music."

Collins' longtime manager Tony Smith is laying the groundwork for a tour right now, but the details are up in the air. "I don't think I want a very long tour," Collins says. "But I would like to play the stadiums in Australia and the Far East, and that's the only way to do that. But there's a part of me that just wants to do theaters, so we'll see."

News of Collins' return to the stage is certain to get Genesis fans hoping the band will also make a return, but Collins is noncommittal. "Let's start with this [solo] bit first," he says. "I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let's just see how this goes."

The Peter Gabriel-led lineup of Genesis hasn't played since a one-off reunion in 1982 and they haven't toured since 1975. Fans continue to fantasize about a reunion, which baffles Collins. "I just don't understand that," he says. "They haven't thought it through. Pete won't sing 'Invisible Touch' or 'I Can't Dance.' We'd only do material like 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.' Also, I can't play drums, so I can't do what I did. I just want to settle with the bits of me that I can possibly do."

Right now, his focus is on recovering from the surgery and seeing what kind of music he's inspired to write. "No matter what happens, I can go out there, play piano and sing," he says. "I'm just in a very happy place right now."

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:lol:

Yes, the only good thing about this imo is the remastering of "...But seriously". Don't know why he felt the need to come out of retirement when his new music will flop. I think Adele sparked his interest off when she asked him to work with her for "25". You can blame her. lol

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I guess he needs money.

Go tour, the easiest way to make money.

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Stop the world I want to get off.

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He has no voice anymore. What is he going to do? Dance and clap?

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His music doesn't bother me now, but as a kid use to hate That's all and Against all odds. They were always on the damn radio! :ugh:

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If he did an album of sad ballads like he's used to making. He could come back huge. He has a huge following on adult contemporary radio and with the right songs he could capitalize on the emotional ballad market. For me it's the music he made. Not cuz he did anything flashy. I'd buy his album.. And I'd like to see him live..

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To be fair he seems like Beethoven compared to the Sam Smiths of nowadays. So i'm very glad he comes back, he as incredible tunes.

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His music doesn't bother me now, but as a kid use to hate That's all and Against all odds. They were always on the damn radio! :ugh:

I used to hate his music. Maybe it was his voice that put me off. :lol:

Eventually I grew to love his work. One More Night, Don't Lose My Number, I Wish It Would Rain Down... Fucking amazing pop songs. Didn't even mention his stuff for Genesis.

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Good for him. Although I doubt I will hear any of it.

Crux, your sig!!! :rotfl:

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It would be good to hear something new from him

Edited by 80sKing90

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his work with disney is far better then sir. eltons.

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He has no voice anymore. What is he going to do? Dance and clap?

What?

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his work with disney is far better then sir. eltons.

Yes! I love the Tarzan soundtrack.

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What?

What what?

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I read it by mistake as "Phil Collins comes out" and ears pricked up, always thought he was super hot!

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his greatest hits album is very good,but,I don't remember any of his album being memorable, even But seriously had a few good singles and that's it

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What what?

Losing his voice.

You mean like Whitney & Pariah?

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A few good singles? Between his solo stuff and Genesis, he has an enormous discography spanning 3 decades. The guy had a string of top 10 hits in the 80's from like 84 to maybe 90. He was HUGE in the 80's. All of songs, regardless of how cheesy they were, remind me being a kid.

I still jam to Another Day in Paradise..... :blink:

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I'm a big Genesis fan and Phil Collins sang lead in several of my favorite Genesis songs, like "Follow You Follow Me" ( :inlove: ), "Tonight Tonight Tonight", "More Fool Me", "Ripples" and "Entangled". I adore his first album, Face Value (1981). There are fantastic songs there, like "In The AIr Tonight", "It Must Be Love", "If Leaving Me Is Easy", "I Missed Again"… but then he got more and more commercial with each new album, more and more formula sounding and by the end of the eighties I could no longer stand him. But I'll always have a place in my heart for him anyway.

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