Collins is back for a special run of shows in Europe next year.
Phil Collins has announced his European comeback tour titled 'Not Dead Yet'.
The singer will perform a five-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall in London in June 2017, before moving on to dates in Paris and Cologne.
Phil Collins has announced his comeback tour
Speaking at a press conference, Collins said: “It’s going to be a romp through my songs that people love.”
However Collins said it was unlikely he would play the drums himself and that he would “just be singing”, due to the nerve damage he has suffered in his hands.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be able to play the way I used to,” he said. “Something happened one night on that last Genesis tour and after that point, it never came back.
“I tried heavier sticks, I tried to use bigger cymbals, I just couldn’t get any power. It’s a bit of a mystery why it happened but I’m 65 and I’ve been playing since I was five years old.
“I play with my fingers and that’s the thing that has clammed up over the past few years. So it’s a matter of getting my strength back … I’ve got a drum kit in the garage and I will be getting to that to see if I can at least do 'In the Air'.”
Collins, who announced his retirement in 2011, appeared at the press conference with a walking stick.
“Sixty years of drumming messed up my back and hips,” he said. “I’ve had back surgery to sort it out but it’s left me with a dropped foot. I’m hoping it will get better as my nerves regenerate”.
While Collins is happy to be playing shows again he says fans should anticipate any new music.
“I’m going to do these tour dates and then I’m going to have a lie down,” he said.
“I thought I would retire quietly. But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited. It just feels right.”
Phil Collins 'Not Dead Yet' 2017 dates are as follows:
4-9 June: Royal Albert Hall, London
11-12 June: Lanxess Arena, Cologne
18-19 June: Accor Hotels Arena, Paris