More than 2,000 people sign petition to stop Phil Collins from returning to music

Former Genesis drummer recently announced that he is coming out of retirement

Phil Collins‘ planned return to music has been protested by some fans, with a petition launched to ‘stop’ him coming out of retirement.

The former Genesis drummer recently announced that “no longer officially retired”, telling Rolling Stone that he is working on a solo album ahead of a comeback tour.

The petition – titled ‘Phil Collins must be stopped’ – has been set up by Brian Pee from New York, who writes in the petition: “Phil Collins has announced he is ‘no longer in retirement’. There is far too much suffering in the world as it is. This must be stopped.”

At the time of publishing, 2,443 people have signed the petition. See it here.

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In the Rolling Stone interview, Collins, who announced his short-lived retirement in 2011, said he wanted to show his children “what their dad does”. He said: “My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. 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.”

Of his tour plans, Collins continued: “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 theatres, so we’ll see.”

When asked if a return to music could signal a Genesis reunion, Collins replied: “Let’s start with this [solo] bit first. I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let’s just see how this goes.”