After a musical career spanning 55 years, drummer and singer from the band Genesis, Phil Collinsfinally said goodbye to the stage and the public this week, after performing one last concert at the Arena de LondonGreat Britain, where he appeared emotional and weak, was joined by his group mates Mike Rutherford, 71, and Tony Banks, 72.
According to the musician during this last presentation, it was not an easy decision to make, but he joked with the public that it was time to “find a real job”, according to international media reports.
The 71-year-old musician, who was born on January 30, 1951 in the British capital and also works as a producer, composer and actor, has been suffering from nerve pain in his neck and back for years.
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He had surgery and it prevented him from playing drums and piano and he also needed a cane to walk. In addition to these health problems is permanent damage to the pancreas.
On stage he was seen recently in a chair, because he could not stand for long, but Collins assured that despite the fact that his health forced him to change the program of his concerts, “the audience continued to listen and respond” .
Another problem that affected the artist some time ago was the divorce from his third wife, Orianne Cevey, who moved to Miami, in the United States, with their two children, after which the singer gave himself to drink, but what he was later able to recover.
In 2011, Phil Collins had announced that his health problems prevented him from continuing to sing and write. At the time, he said three decades of drumming had led to various medical problems, including hearing loss, spinal dislocation and nerve damage.
Collins has 13 number one hits in the United States and United Kingdom, seven Grammy Awards and one Oscar for Disney film original songs. Tarzanfrom 1999.
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Among his major successes were Another day in heaven and Against All Possibilitiesmostly between the late 1970s and mid-1990s. Over the course of his career, he has sold more than 100 million records, both solo and as a member of the popular progressive rock band Genesis.
For its part, the band, which also includes Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket, both 72 years old, achieved fame in the 1970s and since then they have been a part of the lives of people from all walks of life.
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