Before he was known as a singer, Phil Collins was a drummer. One of the best in the world. In 2011, when nerve damage meant he couldn’t play drums anymore, he went into retirement. By 2015 he had had enough of being out to pasture, telling Rolling Stone. “The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go”.
The result was first his Not Dead Yet autobiography which was published in 2016, Phil’s headline performance at the Barclaycard Summer Time Festival and the sell out, Not Dead Yet, tour which has been such a runaway success that five new dates have been added plus new dates announced for the rescheduled Royal Albert Hall concerts.
For sure there is life in that old boy yet. And lots of it. If you have waited since 2011 to see Collins in concert, his triumphant return shows you that against all odds, if you hang in long enough, you will get what you want even if it is only for one more night.
Many of us grew up to the sound of Phil Collins. Glasgow, do you remember?