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Fans Concerned With Phil Collins' Health After Admitting He Can ‘Barely Hold A Drumstick’

Fans Concerned With Phil Collins' Health After Admitting He Can ‘Barely Hold A Drumstick’

The performer talks to the BBC about his deteriorating health and fans are worried about his current state

Anish Vij

Anish Vij

Phil Collins has admitted that he is not in the best of health and fans of the singer are concerned. Watch a snippet from his BBC interview below:

The 70-year-old drummer has been suffering from a decline in health over the past 15 years due to an injured vertebra in his upper neck causing nerve damage.

Collins spoke openly about his health, following his upcoming tour announcement with rock band Genesis.

Genesis in 2007.

The drummer told BBC: "I'm kind of physically challenged a bit which is very frustrating because I'd love to be playing up there with my son."

He was then asked: "Are you able to do any drumming at all these days?"

To which he replied: "No. No, I would love to but, you know, I mean I can barely hold a stick with this hand, so there are certain physical things that get in the way."

Collins was then asked: "You said that putting it to bed is what this tour is."

"Well, you know, you say things as we are all men of our age and I think to some extent, yeah, I think it probably is."

Phil Collins in his recent interview.

Fans understandably seemed to be worried about the singer and took to social media to issue their concerns.

One user said: "Shocked and sad to see #PhilCollins physical health and wish I could see #Genesis 'Put to Bed' U.K. tour.

"First fell in love with Genesis in the mid-80s as a teen, progressing to Phil Collin's unique multi-gifted musical genius as a solo artist. Come to Bristol or Cardiff!"

A second user added: "Seeing Phil Collins as he is now is really heartbreaking. I was never a fan of Genesis, but to see him in such a bad way is sad."

While a final user simply wrote: "Phil Collins on #bbcbreakfast [sad face]."

Phil Collins performing in 2019.

Collins joined the group in 1970 and he spoke candidly about his initial audition.

He reportedly said: "I thought I might get £10 a week for a few months until they saw through me and then I'd be back out on the street again."

For those that don't know, by 1975, Genesis was hugely popular, which helped Collins launch an even more successful solo career in the 1980s-1990s.

"In the Air Tonight" remains one of Collins' best-known hits, often cited as his signature song.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: UK