The Reason Phil Collins Couldn’t Play Drums During His Final Tour

Phil Collins has been struggling with serious health issues over the years. In 2000, he developed a sudden hearing loss in his left ear, which caused him to have difficulty hearing for two years. However, Collins recovered most of his hearing after receiving the correct treatment.

In 2009, Collins had surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck. However, it caused further issues. The singer ended up losing feeling in his fingers, which caused him to be unable to hold drumsticks to play drums. Collins’ health issues remained with him in the following years, causing him to walk with a cane and perform on stage while sitting in a chair.

Phil Collins’ Health Issues Hindered His Drumming

Phil Collins released his autobiography ‘Not Dead Yet’ on October 25, 2016. He decided to embark on a tour and announced the Not Dead Yet Tour following its release. Collins then revealed the tour would include five concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, five stops at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, and five at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.

Later on, the Genesis singer announced that he would perform at London’s Hyde Park, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, and Liverpool’s Echo Arena. However, after the show at the Royal Albert Hall, Collins had to cancel two shows. The musician had tripped over a step in the bedroom of his London hotel due to his drop foot.

Not Dead Yet Tour was the first tour Collins couldn’t play drums during the shows. He had ongoing nerve issues with his hands that remained with him after the surgery, and he still couldn’t hold drumsticks. Due to that, Collins left the drum duties to his son Nicholas. Instead, the rocker used a cajón towards the end of the tour.

In March 2020, Genesis announced The Last Domino? Tour. Collins also took the singing duties during this tour while his song Nic was on drums. Though being postponed twice due to the coronavirus pandemic, it began in September 2021 and finished in London on March 26, 2022. At the last show, at the O2 Arena in London, Collins said it was the final show for Genesis, marking the end of the band’s career.