Phil Collins speaks about his near-collaboration with Adele on her ’25’ album and also opens up about his health challenges and whether he’ll play drums again. The legendary music artist is also candid on other topics in a rare interview.
Now 64-years-old, Phil Collins rose to fame with his former band Genesis and such iconic 1980s hits as ‘In the Air’ tonight. He has, in recent years, been away from the music scene due to his physical condition which has severely impacted his ability to play drums for the past several years.
In an interview with Billboard, he opened up about his current state of health, telling the publication, “I don’t know if I’ll ever be fit enough to play the drums again on tour. My left arm has changed — it’s a neural thing.”
He went on to say, “The back surgery I had was great — I mean, how good can surgery be? But it was problem-free. But then when I was recovering on crutches, I fell and fractured my foot. When I recovered from foot surgery, I fell again and fractured another part of the same foot.”
He revealed that he is still not recovered, noting that his right foot is “completely numb.” He said “It could be a year or three months to get feeling back — I have no idea.”
He spoke of his determination to prevail, saying that his kids want him “to do shows so they can brag to their friends.” And in fact, Phil Collins stunned the music world a couple of years ago with a surprise appearance performing on stage alongside his son’s middle school band in Miami. The video instantly went viral.
Collins told Billboard, “I intend on doing some things. I stopped going into the studio because I was sad, but now I’m getting a taste of it again.”
As of now, with no new music, instead, he has re-released two of his earlier albums, including his solo debut, ‘Face Value of 1982 as well as ‘Both Sides’ of 1992.
He also opened up about his near-collaboration with Adele, saying, “She sent me a piece of music that I began working on, but then she was very difficult to find. She had a kid — all this [personal] stuff was happening to her, unbeknownst to me.”
As he noted that after never hearing from her after emailing her that “nothing came of it” and that hitmaker producer and OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder had told him that Adele was “a bit of a ghost” whom he might not hear from for a while.
He added, “I was very pleased to hear [it], because she’s being asked about this with the release of her new album, that she said, “It was too early, and I was too scared.” That’s better than “He was terrible.” I was very grateful for her gentle way of looking at it.
See the full interview here as Phil Collins also opens up about his sobriety and how he and his third wife, Orianne Cevey, whom he divorced in 2008, are back together.
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