Steve Hackett Is Deeply Sorry For Phil Collins: ‘I’m Without Words’

In a recent chat with The Telegraph, Genesis’ Steve Hackett talked about his ex-bandmate Phil Collins. Collins, who used to drum and sing for the band, hasn’t been doing too well health-wise lately because of recurring spinal issues. About this, Hackett commented:

“I mean, my God. I’ll always love Phil. Sorry, I’m without words. He doesn’t deserve what happened to him.”

The Genesis drummer had a serious spinal injury in 2007. This injury has made it tough for him to play the drums, and now he needs a walking stick or a wheelchair to get around.

In 2022, Collins showed up at a Genesis concert at the O2 Arena in a wheelchair. The band announced the performance as their last one together. Despite his health problems, the frontman was able to sing and play the tambourine, even making a joke about needing to find ‘a real job now.’

How Has The Drummer/Singer Been Doing?

At this final show for Genesis, Collins was joined on stage by Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks, his bandmates from the group’s early days. Phil’s son, Nic Collins, took his dad’s place behind the drums for the evening.

Since his injury in 2007, the frontman has dealt with ongoing nerve damage and issues with his vertebrae. In an interview from September, he talked about how he’s been ‘physically challenged,’ which is ‘very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son.’

When he made an appearance on BBC Breakfast last year, Rutherford spoke about the singer’s condition by sharing:

“As you know, Phil is a bit… He’s much more immobile than he used to be, which is a shame, but at the tour, he was in good spirits. He’s fine now at home, enjoying life. He’s worked so hard over the years. I think he’s enjoying his time at home.”

Phil Collins started with Genesis way back in 1970 after he saw an ad looking for a drummer. He didn’t just stick with Genesis; he also had a solo career that took off in the 1980s, selling millions of albums and winning a bunch of Grammy Awards.