Phil Collins fans who have all-but given up on the possibility of hearing new Collins material or seeing the man live ever again – here is some hope for you.
Speaking at the premiere of the “Tarzan” musical in Stuttgart, Germany, the ex-Genesis member said, “I have started thinking about doing new stuff. [Maybe playing] some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven’t been there yet.”
As Collins fans will attest, the man himself hasn’t released any original music since 2002’s Testify, which he supported with the “First Final Farewell” tour. In 2007, he reunited with his fellow Genesis bandmates for a successful forty-seven date tour of Europe and North America. Since then, he’s fulfilled his Atlantic record contract in 2010 with the Motown covers album Going Back and has been MIA from the scene ever since. Sadly, nerve damage has made it virtually impossible for him to play drums anymore.
In a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Collins said that a new record was “very unlikely” and a tour was “even more unlikely.” “At some point I may go down to my studio in the basement and muck about some,” he said. “I’ve got a couple of things that I think are great, but I don’t want to get caught up in that rock & roll promotion thing. And I have young children, so I don’t feel the drive to go out there and compete.”
Collins’ manager, Tony Smith, spoke to Rolling Stone about the possibilities of a Genesis tour and stated that there are “no definite plans at this time”, as managers and spokespeople are wont to do.
One reason for Collins’ new-found motivation for drumming could be attributed to his children, Matthew, 8, and Nicholas, 12, who, reportedly want to see him play live. Even the musician’s older children are enthusiastic: “[My father is] doing really well,” Simon Collins, frontman for the prog-rock band Sound of Contact, told Smashing Interviews. “He’s starting to write again actually and spending more time with family, myself included.”
Could this be a re-genesis for Genesis? (Ouch.)