Those tuning into BBC Breakfast on Thursday morning were taken aback by Phil Collins appearance as he joined his Genesis bandmates to speak on their upcoming tour and retirement. The musician admitted he found his health “very frustrating” as he can no longer hold a stick or play the drums. Fans rushed to Twitter to share their concern for the singer.
Recalling his audition for Genesis, Phil said: “I thought I might get £10 a eek for a few months until they saw through me and then I’d be back out on the street again.”
With Phil’s son on stage with the band playing the drums, the singer continued: “I’m kind of physically challenge a bit which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son.”
Asked if he can still play, Phil sighed: “No, I’d love to.
“But I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. There are certain physical things that get in the way.”
Phil Collins said the next Genesis tour will be putting the band to bed (Image: BBC)
Looking towards the future, Phil hinted the band would retire after their upcoming tour.
“We’re all men of our age and I think to some extent, yeah, I think it probably is putting it to bed,” he explained.
“I think yeah, I think just generally for me, I don’t know if I want to go out on the road anymore.”
Those watching BBC Breakfast were quick to voice their concern for Phil with many suggesting he does not tour anymore.
Phil Collins’ fans were quick to beg the singer to ‘take care’ on his next tour (Image: BBC)
“Oh god, Phil Collins has failed dreadfully. I really hope they get on the road. #BBCBreakfast,” one viewer posted on Twitter.
Another simply tweeted: “Phil Collins on #bbcbreakfast,” alongside a crying emoji.
A third added: “Gosh Phil Collins isn’t looking too good (sorry), bless him, I hope they aren’t just using him for another tour.
“Not sure if it’s a good idea. Please take care Phil. Sending my love to you.”
Someone else shared: “@BBCr4today “Putting to bed” tour?! I was shocked at how feeble poor old Phil Collins sounded.
“Are you sure it’s a good idea, @genesis_band.”
Phil, 70, has previous spoken about his health problems after he sustained an injured vertebrae in his upper neck, crippling nerve damage, acute pancreatitis, falls, and “foot drop”.
Speaking in 2016 about being rushed to hospital with acute pancreatitis in 2012, he admitted he was “close to dying”.
He recalled: “Within months you’re drinking vodka from the fridge in the morning and falling over in front of the kids, you know.
“But it was something I lived through, and I was lucky to live through it and get through it. I was very close to dying.”
Phil added: “My organs were kind of f****d. It was spirits, corrosive stuff.”