Phil Collins sparks concerns on BBC Breakfast ahead of Genesis' Newcastle shows

By Simon Duke

Phil Collins has sparked concern from fans ahead of Genesis' tour, by saying he can 'barely hold a drum stick' in a candid BBC interview.

Genesis, the music legends responsible for hits like Turn It On Again and Invisible Touch, are just weeks away from kicking off a nationwide arena tour, which will kick off in Birmingham and bring them to Newcastle's Utilita Arena on September 30 and October 1.

The Last Domino tour is being billed as the band's final farewell and comes nearly four years after Phil played to a capacity crowd in Newcastle on his Not Dead Yet tour.

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But now the man who has given us classics like Against All Odds and Another Day in Paradise, is struggling and in an interview on BBC Breakfast, revealed the extent of his issues.

He was asked if he'll be playing the drums on Genesis' tour, to which he replied: "I’m kind of physically challenged a bit which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son.”

Phil Collins sparks concern ahead of Genesis' Newcastle shows (BBC)

"No. No, I would love to but, you know, I mean I can barely hold a stick with this hand, so there are certain physical things that get in the way."

Now 70-year-old Phil, who has also scored worldwide hits with the likes of Groovy Kind of Love and Two Hearts, explained that two back surgeries, in 2009 and 2015 had done lasting damage to his nerves.

He is also a Type 2 diabetic, as he revealed in 2017.

Tickets for Genesis' Last Domino tour are available on Ticketmaster.

Phil will still join son Nick and his Genesis bandmates to perform the band's much loved songs and when asked about his son just as the Last Domino tour was announced, Phil said: "He plays a bit like me when he wants to.

“I’m one of his many influences, being his dad. He plays like me and he kinda has the same attitude as me, so that was a good starter.”

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