News comes as Collins announces a UK and European tour for 2017
Collins announced his live return at a press conference in London on Monday (October 17), confirming a five-show stay at London’s Royal Albert Hall for 2017, as well as French and German gigs.
Asked at the press conference about Genesis, Collins said their 2007 reunion tour was supposed to be their chance to say goodbye. He added that writing his autobiography had reminded him of their friendship. He said: “I wouldn’t want to do anything that lasted six months or a long time. But I wouldn’t rule out doing something.”
Genesis formed in 1967, with Collins joining on drums in 1970 and later taking over on lead vocals from Peter Gabriel. Collins releases his autobiography, Not Dead Yet, this week (October 20).
Collins also admitted during the Q&A that he will only be well enough to sing during his 2017 shows, with his 15-year-old son Nicholas taking his place on the drums.
Collins said: “I play with my fingers, and that’s where the dexterity has gone. They’ve clammed up, and I’m hoping to get the strength back in them. I hope I’ll be able to play ‘In The Air Tonight’, as I should do that song.”
Phil Collins will play the following 2017 live shows:
London, Royal Albert Hall (June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Cologne, Lanxess Arena (11, 12)
Paris, Accors Hotel Arena (18, 19)