Phil Collins Returning to Music
After taking a break from the music industry for 13 years, Phil Collins announced that he would be making a return and will initiate new recording sessions from the next month. The multimillion-selling artist last released brand new music in 2002 with his album Testify. The only work he did after that was in 2010 when he released a Motown Covers album. However, in an interview given in the Rolling Stone, Collins said that he is no longer retired and is now ready to make music again.
It was in the mid-1970s that the drummer and singer first rose to fame with Genesis. Eventually, he was able to kick-off a successful solo career with several hits like In the Air Tonight and Against all Odds. He managed to sell about 150 million records all over the world. His solo albums will also be reissued before the release of the new material. Collins said that it would be silly not to make new music if people remember the old stuff and show interest in it. The singer had announced his decision to retire in 2011 in order to be a full-time father to his two sons.
This was after he was divorced for the third time in 2008 when he remained in Switzerland and his ex-wife, Orianne Cevey had taken their sons with her to Miami. In the interview, the singer said that he was left with a lot of time on his hands to think over what happened and there were moments of darkness when he drank too much. He said that he spent his time drinking and watching TV and it very nearly killed him. Now, he said that he hadn’t had a drink in three years. Furthermore, he also had to undergo surgery because in 2007, he suffered from nerve damage on the Genesis reunion tour because of which he was unable to play drums.
Collins said that he was keeping his sons in mind while planning the new tour. He stated that his 10 and 14 year old sons were interested in knowing what their father does as they were just babies when he was on the road last. Now, he said that they wanted to enjoy his music because they love it. When asked about another Genesis reunion, Phil Collins said that he wanted to do this first and see how this goes before thinking about anything else.