Phil Collins can barely hold his drum sticks due to his declining health.

The 70-year-old musician gave his fans an update on his physical health during an interview with BBC Breakfast. Collins said that he would love to continue playing, but that it’s impossible to at the moment.


Collins has suffered from nerve damage since a spinal injury in 2007 and has undergone multiple surgeries since. The injuries have hampered his ability to play the drums and have forced him to sit down while singing.

“I can barely hold a drumstick with this hand,” Collins said. “So there are certain physical things which get in the way.”

Collins’ son, Nic, will be taking the drummer’s place on the upcoming Genesis reunion tour. Nic is a drummer in his own band, Better Strangers, and has covered for his dad before.

“I’m kind of physically challenged a bit which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son,” Collins said.

Collins will still be touring with the band and performing vocals.

The tour was originally announced in March 2020, but was later postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will feature multiple shows around the United States and Canada.

Collins described the tour as possibly being the last time the band will perform together.

“We’re all men of our age and I think to some extent it probably is putting it to bed. I think, just generally for me, I don’t know if I want to go out on the road any more,” he said.

Collins was previously in the news last year for evicting his ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, from their Florida mansion, because she allegedly married another man. The couple refused to leave the mansion until they were able to renegotiate the divorce settlement.

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