Phil Collins Returns For "Not Dead Yet" Tour
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:21:08
On Friday night in Liverpool, England, Phil Collins returned to the stage — marking the start of his first full-length tour at the Echo Arena.
The culmination of a year-long comeback — the "Not Dead Yet" tour comes in the wake of a an extensive series of reissued works, and the release of Collins' memoir, also called Not Dead Yet.
In March 2016, the singer appeared for a quick performance in Miami at a benefit concert, and in August of that year, he also sang "In the Air Tonight" and "Easy Lover" during the opening ceremonies of the US Open.
Collins appeared on The Tonight Show back in October when he announced the tour — at which time he performed his classic "In the Air Tonight" with The Roots.
The concert in Liverpool, which is believed to give fans a rough idea of what to expect on the rest of the tour, appeared as two separate sets and one encore. Collins kicked-off the show with "Against All Odds" and "Another Day In Paradise" and "One More Night" — an opening sequence of back-to-back hits. A rare performance of "Wake Up Call" preceded a Genesis song "Follow You Follow Me" — the first time Collins has performed the song as a solo artist away from his band. Songs "Can't Turn Back The Years" and "Only You Know I Know" were dusted off and performed live for the first time in over 20 years.
Collin's fifteen-year old son Nicholas played drums on the night, and is joining for the rest of the tour. Collins performed the majority of the concert sitting down, having explained that, "60 years of drumming messed up my back and hips. I've had back surgery to sort it out but it's left me with a dropped foot. I'm hoping it will get better as my nerves regenerate. However, despite his limited mobility the material shone brightly and reminded fans of many classics the man was responsible for.
Once again tipping his hat to the band in which he rose to fame, Collins performed Genesis' "Invisible Touch", before sharing a cover of Philip Bailey's "Easy Lover", and closing the concert with "Take Me Home".
For fans of the artist responsible for so many classic tracks, and one of the most famous drum fills in all of music history, the news of Phil Collins being back on the road will only serve to add sun to the summer. Adding to the excitement are the dates that Collins will be sharing the stage with Blondie — also out on the road sharing golden greats.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff