Phil Collins Didn’t Look Very Healthy During Genesis Show, Anthrax Drummer Says

Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante joined an interview with Revolver and talked about the Genesis show he recently saw. According to Benante, Phil Collins wasn’t looking great during the band’s live show.

Phil Collins has been struggling with health issues for a long time. In 2000, he developed a sudden hearing loss in his left ear but recovered most of his hearing two years later. In April 2019, he had surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck. After the surgery, he lost feeling in his fingers which made him unable to grip drum sticks easily.

Following these incidents, Collins began suffering from depression and low self-worth which made him even contemplate suicide. In 2015, he underwent a spine operation, and in 2016, he was still unable to drum with his left hand. Back in 2017, he fell in his hotel room due to his drop foot. Currently, Collins uses a cane and performs on stage while sitting in a chair.

In March 2020, Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford announced Genesis’ reformation and their The Last Domino? Tour to begin in November 2020. However, the tour became rescheduled twice and kicked off on September 20, 2021. On October 8, the tour’s UK leg was postponed and the shows were rescheduled to March 2022.

In an interview by Revolver, Charlie Benante picked his favorite album, song, TV Show, and musical moment of 2021. He stated that Genesis’ The Last Domino? Tour’ was his favorite musical moment this year. The drummer then said he realized Genesis will go away soon while watching them perform.

Following that, Benante said he enjoyed the show but he felt disturbed after seeing Phil Collins on the stage. According to the drummer, Collins didn’t look very healthy during the show. Moreover, Benante stated that it saddens him to see his heroes getting older.

In the interview by Revolver, Charlie Benante said:

“My favorite musical moment this year was the fact that Genesis got back together to do a tour. After seeing them here in Chicago, I was realizing that this is a band that is going to go away, and I’ll never see them again or hear… maybe I’ll hear new music, but the way Phil Collins looked, he didn’t look very healthy and that really disturbed me. But I enjoyed the shit out of the show.

It’s sad when our heroes get older, it’s just a reflection of how things are nowadays. We’re all getting up there in age, and a lot of the things that we loved when we were younger, well, a lot of those things are going away. We will always have what they put on this earth, but seeing Genesis was bittersweet. And, unfortunately, I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of that. But that was my favorite musical moment.”

Charlie Benante then said the other favorite music moment for him was playing with Anthrax for the festivals Aftershock in Sacramento and the Welcome To Rockville in Daytona Beach. He said he felt the love and excitement of the audience and the band during these shows.