Phil Collins comeback: Singer says he is ‘no longer retired’
Genesis singer Phil Collins announces comeback plan in interview with Rolling Stone magazine
Phil Collins has announced he is no longer in retirement and is plotting a comeback following a 13-year break from making music.
The 64-year-old English singer is set to record his first new material since 2002’s Testify and is also planning a tour.
"I'm no longer officially retired," he told Rolling Stone magazine. "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go."
On his motivation for making a comeback:
"My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does.
"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."
"I don't think I want a very long tour.
"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 theatres, so we'll see."
On making more music and reissues of his solo catalogue:
"I got very involved in these reissues. 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."
On splitting with his third wife:
"It left me with a lot of time on my hands to think about what happened.
"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."
In 2009, Collins revealed he may never be able to play the drums again after a back injury.
The Genesis drummer said an operation to repair dislocated vertebrae in his neck had left him unable to hold drumsticks properly or play the piano.
He suffered the injury during the last Genesis tour in 2007.
Retiring in 2011, Collins said he was leaving music to be "a full time father to my two young sons".
Collins found fame as the drummer in Seventies progressive-rock band Genesis.
He later enjoyed a successful solo career, writing such hits as In the Air Tonight and Against All Odds.