Phil Collins just announced his very first major North American tour in twelve years. The 15 city tour “Not Dead Yet, Live!” starts October 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and concludes October 28th in Los Angeles. The tour, named after his 2016 memoir Not Dead Yet, is advertised as a celebration of Collins’ career.
The pop rock hit-maker’s backing band is going to include several longtime touring partners – guitarist Daryl Stuermer (his former touring mate in Genesis), keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar as well as percussionist Luis Conte – in addition to a horn section, backup vocalists and also Collins’ 16-year-old drummer son, Nicolas.
Collins announced his “retirement” after concluding his 2010 tour. In 2014, he returned to the stage with a set of songs at Miami Country Day School, which his sons attended; next, 2 years down the line, he conducted a mini set during a fundraiser for his Little Dreams Foundation. Since that time, “Easy Lover” was played by him (with Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.) and “In the air Tonight” at the U.S. Open tennis tournament.
The singer toured Europe and the U.K. last summer, although he was forced to postpone several shows after suffering a “severe gash” from a fall.