Phil Collins cancels Genesis tour gigs amid ill health as band members test positive for Covid

PHIL Collins has cancelled four of his Genesis tour gigs after several of the band members tested positive for Covid-19.

The iconic drummer revealed to fans in a statement that the final four gigs of Genesis' 'The Last Domino?' tour would have to be postponed to a later date.


Phil, 70, shared: "Following guidance and advice from the Government, it is with huge regret that the final four shows of Genesis’ Last Domino? Tour."

He detailed that Friday evening's performance at Glasgow's SSE Hydro arena and next week's London O2 dates – October 11, 12 and 13 – were ruled out.

"[They will] have to be postponed due to positive COVID19 tests within the band," the songwriter and record producer continued.

"We are working to reschedule them as soon as possible and will announce the new dates through our website and social media channels as soon as possible.

"All tickets will remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket providers. This is a hugely frustrating development for the band who are devastated with this unlucky turn of events.

"They hate having to take these steps but the safety of the audience and touring crew has to take priority. They look forward to seeing you upon their return."

It comes after Phil was pictured performing from a chair as he continued with Genesis' The Last Domino Tour in Glasgow.

The 70-year-old has been plagued with health issues in recent years and recently admitted that's he's "no longer able to play the drums".

Despite his ongoing health woes, the Against All Odds hitmaker was sure to impress fans with a medley of Genesis' greatest hits alongside an eye-catching light show.

Although he remained seated for the entire performance, the music legend proved that he hasn't lost his voice as he belted out the band's classic's.

Last month, Phil left fans worried as he revealed he can barely hold a drumstick anymore in a rare interview.

The music legend, who has sold more than 250million records worldwide as a solo artist and member of rock band Genesis, has been plagued with health issues in recent years.

Now aged 70, Phil told BBC Breakfast that he can no longer play the drums at all.

He said: "I’m kind of physically challenged a bit which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son."

When asked if he could still play his favoured instrument, he answered: “No. No, I would love to but, you know, I mean I can barely hold a stick with this hand, so there are certain physical things that get in the way.”

Phil previously described the gigs as "putting it to bed" and he stood by his downbeat analysis this morning.

He said: “Well, you know, you say things as we are all men of our age and I think to some extent, yeah, I think it probably is.”

FAN CONCERN

Viewers were saddened to see the musician looking frail.

One wrote on Twitter: "Shocked and sad to see #PhilCollins physical health and wish I could see #Genesis ‘Put to Bed’ U.K. tour. First fell in love with Genesis in the mid 80s as a teen, progressing to Phil Collin’s unique multi-gifted musical genius as a solo artist. Come to Bristol or Cardiff!"

Another posted: "Aww just seen Phil Collins on BBC Breakfast. He doesn’t look at all well."

A third said: "Wow. Watching Phil Collins speak, again, what a reminder to live life to the full and awareness of our time on earth."

PHIL'S HEALTH

The '80s icon has had a spate of health issues since a spinal injury in 2007.

He injured vertebrae in his upper neck which led to crippling nerve damage.

He also had acute pancreatitis – where the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen over a short period of time.

The condition, caused by heavy boozing, nearly cost him his life, with Phil previously saying: "My organs were kind of f****d. It was spirits, corrosive stuff."

He realised he was just hours away from death when he heard the doctor ask his family if his will was in order.

Phil also suffers from "foot drop" which sees him now wearing orthopaedic shoes.


 

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