After suffering a spinal injury in 2007 that damaged the vertebrae in his upper neck, Phil Collins has been suffering from nerve damage. The injury has made it difficult for Collins to even hold a drum stick, and the Genesis singer will have his son, Nic Collins, sitting at the drum kit.
“I’m kind of physically challenged a bit which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son,” Collins said in the interview with BBC Breakfast.
Genesis’ Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks will be joining Collins as the band makes their return to the United States for the first time in 14 years.
Following their performances in the United States, Genesis will then be heading over to the UK and Ireland, wrapping up The Last Domino? Tour in their home country.
Collins’ nerve damage also stands as the reason why the band stopped performing back in 2007. The damage was initially caused by Collins’ drumming, and the performer received surgery in 2009 to repair a dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck.
The first surgery was unable to help Collins continue drumming, with the former drummer undergoing a spinal procedure in 2015 to alleviate some of the damage. The second surgery proved more successful than the first, however, Collins revealed in 2016 that he is still unable to drum with his left hand.
The news comes just days after his daughter Lily Collins married her longtime partner, Charlie McDowell (who happens to be Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell’s son).