Phil Collins has played his first public solo show in six years, performing a seven-song set at a charitable event in Miami last night (March 11).
Collins returned to music in October, stating that he’s “no longer officially retired” and is working on a new album as well as making live plans, partly in order to show his kids what their dad does.
Collins’ announcement was greeted with a petition asking him not to return, which gathered more than 4,000 signatures before being abandoned by its creator.
According to Rolling Stone, last night’s show featured five Collins originals (‘Another Day in Paradise’, ‘Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)’, ‘In the Air Tonight’, ‘Easy Lover’ and ‘Take Me Home’) as well as covers of The Temptations’ ‘My Girl’ and Bob Dylan’s ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.’
Some fan-shot footage of the concert can be seen via YouTube, below:
The creator of the ‘Phil Collins must be stopped’ petition was left explaining his joke back in November, closing the petition with the following message:
“People who signed this get that it was a joke. Some others didn’t. It very obviously wasn’t a serious petition. Surely no one could think this was going to be sent to the UN?”
He continued: “It was lowbrow satire, a farcical jest that I shared with some friends. It would have remained that way, and been forgotten about very quickly, as all silly jokes are, had someone in the news media not seen it and thought it newsworthy. That anyone saw it as newsworthy is puzzling. How so many saw it as newsworthy is far more puzzling. It must have been a very slow news week.”