Sunday 25 June 2017

No drumkit required: 'irrelevant' Collins quits music business

Collins in his 'First Final Farewell Tour' in the Point Depot in Dublin in 2005
Collins in his 'First Final Farewell Tour' in the Point Depot in Dublin in 2005

Murray Wardrop in London

PHIL Collins has indicated that he intends to end his rock career after learning that health problems will prevent him playing the drums again.

The 60-year-old star said he felt it was "a good time to stop", adding: "I don't think anyone's going to miss me."

He has hearing problems, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands, all brought on by a lifetime spent hunched behind a drum kit.

The songwriter also claims that listeners have grown "sick" of him.

"I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: 'I can't be in the same business as this'," Collins said in 'FHM magazine'.

"I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me. I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script.

"I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it?" Collins said.

The star, who lives alone in Switzerland after divorcing his third wife in 2007, has enjoyed huge popularity over 40 years as both as a drummer and singer with the rock band Genesis and then as a solo artist.

He claims that it was the overplaying of his music which made people "want to strangle" him. The star has sold more than 150 million records. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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