Phil Collins No Longer Officially Retired, Talks Genesis Reunion

By Scott Bernstein Oct 28, 2015 11:00 am PDT

In 2011 Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Phil Collins decided to focus on his family life and retired from the music industry for a while. Collins was also suffering from an injury that prevented him from playing the drums. In a new interview with Rolling Stone the former Genesis frontman revealed, “I’m no longer officially retired” before he added, “The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go.”

Phil Collins went on to tell Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene he’s plotting a comeback tour and a new studio album. “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,” Collins said. He is still dealing with the medical issues that started in 2000 and recently underwent back surgery. That said, Phil told RS that “he’ll begin recording new music in about a month, though he’s unsure if the tour will come before or after an album.” Where will he play? “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 theaters, so we’ll see.”

Collins was asked about a potential Genesis reunion. “Let’s start with this [solo] bit first. I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let’s just see how this goes,” Phil said. The singer also seemed to wave off the possibility of the classic Genesis lineup featuring Peter Gabriel reuniting. In response to those who want to see Gabriel front Genesis, Collins said, “I just don’t understand that, they haven’t thought it through. Pete won’t sing ‘Invisible Touch’ or ‘I Can’t Dance.’ We’d only do material like ‘The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.’ Also, I can’t play drums, so I can’t do what I did. I just want to settle with the bits of me that I can possibly do.”

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