Paul Stanley On Phil Collins’ Struggle To Perform On Final Genesis Shows


KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently appeared as a guest on Howie Mandel Does Stuff podcast and said that the artists have the right to continue performing while addressing Genesis’ Phil Collins‘ ongoing career.

Frontman Phil Collins has been battling various health issues over the past 15 years, including an injured vertebra in his upper neck which resulted in nerve damage to his hands. Later, the singer suffered a fall that caused him to walk with a cane. Still, Collins continued performing on stage with Genesis while seated in a chair.

Genesis concluded their enduring career with a final performance at London’s O2 Arena on March 26, 2022. Phil Collins shared the stage with the band despite his physical challenges. In a new podcast appearance, the host told Paul Stanley it was hard to watch Collins struggle to perform on the final Genesis show and asked to hear Stanley’s thoughts about it. The rocker said that, according to him, every performer has the right to continue performing as long as they are pleased with what they are doing.

Stanley also noted that people might choose not to go rather than complain about the situation if they don’t feel satisfied with the artists’ performance. The singer thinks these figures have already done enough for the audience, so they deserve appreciation. The host then said he just felt empathetic towards Collins and felt bad due to his health struggles on the stage. Paul Stanley responded by adding that maybe Collins was grateful that he could still perform.

Here is how Paul Stanley reacted when the host addressed Phil Collins:

“My point of view on that is whether it is an athlete or a performer, they have the right to continue doing what makes them happy. And you have the right not to go but people who go, ‘Gee, I wish he wouldn’t be up there doing that because I want to remember him [a certain way],’ don’t go. They’ve already fulfilled not only what mattered to them but given you so much joy.”

The host chimed in saying:

“It was just empathy. It wasn’t like he ruined something for me. I just felt bad as another human being, watching somebody and maybe putting myself wrongly into his mind going like, ‘He loved drumming and he loved performing. He’s still singing in his voice is great, but he could barely move, and it looked so painful.’ I just felt bad, not cheated.”

Stanley added:

He may feel grateful for what he can still do.”

You can watch the full interview below.