Phil Collins and Genesis cancel Glasgow and London tour gigs due to ill health

By Rose Hill & Jasmine Allday

Phil Collins and Genesis have cancelled this evening's gig in Glasgow and the three dates in London's O2 Arena after several band members tested positive from Covid-19.

The group - which includes Phil as well as keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist-bassist Mike Rutherford - have reunited for their tour, The Last Domino?, but they have been forced to cancel tonight's gig in Glasgow as well as their dates in London.

In a statement shared by Phil, Genesis said: "Following guidance and advice from the Government, it is with huge regret that the final four shows of Genesis’ Last Domino? Tour (this evening (8/10) at Glasgow SSE Hydro and 11, 12, 13 October at The O2 in London) have had to be postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests within the band.

Phil Collins and Genesis have cancelled four dates of their tour after members of their band tested positive for Covid (REX/Shutterstock)

"All tickets will remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket providers. This is a hugely frustrating development for the band who are devastated with this unlucky turn of events," they continued."We are working to reschedule them as soon as possible and will announce the new dates through our website ( http://genesis-music.com ) and social media channels as soon as possible.

"They hate having to take these steps but the safety of the audience and touring crew has to take priority. They look forward to seeing you upon their return."

Phil has suffered ill health over the last few years, meaning he has had to sit down for his gigs (Redferns)
Phil has nerve damage and can no longer play the drums (REX/Shutterstock)

Phil has appeared quite frail throughout the tour, sitting down on a chair as he performed with the group for their first live dates in 14 years.

His nerve damage has stopped him being able to play the drums whilst he also has to walk with a stick now.

He recently explained how the show has been changed as he now needed to sit down.

He told The Guardian: "I don’t do anything at all. I don’t practise singing at home, not at all. Rehearsing is the practice.

Phil recently explained how him sitting down hasn't affected the gigs for the audience (Redferns)

"These guys are always having a go at me for not, but I have to do it this way."

"Of course, my health does change things, doing the show seated changes things," he added, explaining how he didn't feel him having to sit down got "in the way" of the show.

"But I actually found on my recent solo tours, it didn’t get in the way; the audience were still listening and responding. It’s not the way I would have written it, but it’s the way that it is."


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