Music | September 10, 2021 10:33 am

Phil Collins Says He Can “Barely Hold” a Drumstick Now Due to Health Problems

The musician's son Nic will handle the drumming on Genesis's upcoming tour

Phil Collins performs live on stage for the Italian date of his Still Not Dead Yet Live tour 2019. He currently cannot drum and sits during his concert performances.
Phil Collins performs live on stage for the Italian date of his Still Not Dead Yet Live tour 2019.
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Genesis’s highly anticipated The Last Domino Tour is set to kick off in the U.K. next month before moving on to North America in November, and when it does, Phil Collins won’t be behind the drum kit. In a new interview that aired on the BBC on Thursday, the musician revealed that his recent health problems will prevent him from drumming on the tour.

The 70-year-old Collins suffered a spinal injury in 2007 and has nerve damage in his left hand. He also has hearing issues and suffered a head injury in 2017. He currently sits down onstage when singing. After leaving the group in 1996, he returned in 2007 for the Turn It on Again tour, but on this year’s Genesis tour, his son Nic will handle the drumming.

“I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there,” Collins told the BBC. “I can barely hold a [drum] stick with this hand, so there are certain physical things which get in the way.”

He also indicated during the interview that The Last Domino Tour will likely be his last with the band.

“We’re all men of our age and I think to some extent it probably is putting it to bed,” he said. “I think, just generally for me, I don’t know if I want to go out on the road any more.”