The former Genesis frontman tells Rolling Stone magazine he's been away from the spotlight for too long, while battling hearing and back issues, and now he's "raring to go" again.

The 64 year old announced his retirement plans in 2011, telling fans he wanted to focus on being "a full time father" to his two young sons.

But, just a week after delaying the scheduled reissue of a series of remastered solo albums as he recovers from back surgery, Collins says, "It would be silly to not make more music."

He tells the publication he is setting up a studio in his home in Miami, Florida, and plans to start work on recording new music next month (Nov15).

And the former drummer has found the perfect person to replace him behind the kit in his band - Jason Bonham, the son of late Led Zeppelin rocker John Bonham.

As for Collins' touring plans, he adds, "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."