Last December, Phil Collins was set to perform his first concert in four years, but had to back out after some health problems. But he seems to be in better spirits this year: He announced the release of an upcoming autobiography, is putting out reissues of his solo albums (which were originally supposed to come out in November, but have been pushed back to January), and is now taking the next logical step: “I’m no longer officially retired,” he tells Rolling Stone in a new interview. “The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go.”
He is readying a comeback tour and a new solo album, which would be his first since 2002’s Testify. “My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does,” he told Rolling Stone. “They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I’d like to take them out so they can enjoy it.”
Collins has undergone some back and hip surgery in the past few years, and threw his back out last month, but he still seems eager to perform and go on tour, though he doesn’t know what form that tour would take just yet: “I don’t think I want a very long tour. But I would like to play the stadiums in Australia and the Far East, and that’s the only way to do that. But there’s a part of me that just wants to do theaters, so we’ll see.”
He mentions that he is going to start recording new music in the next month or so in a new studio that he’s building in his Miami home.
And he doesn’t rule out another Genesis reunion: “I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let’s just see how this goes.”
Phil Collins 2016 comeback, here we come!
UPDATE: Collins told The Telegraph that a Genesis reunion is definitely not out of the question, though it’s highly unlikely that Peter Gabriel will be involved. He rehearsed with bassist Leland Sklar and drummer John Bonham last year for three weeks and claims that his voice hasn’t broken quite yet.