Phil Collins, 70, remains seated throughout Genesis concert in Leeds

Phil Collins, 70, continues to remain seated throughout Genesis concert in Leeds after admitting he can ‘barely hold a drumstick’ due to being ‘physically challenged’

Phil Collins remained seated as he performed alongside his band Genesis at Leeds Arena on Tuesday. 

The musician, 70, who has suffered with health issues over recent years – stayed in his chair during the entire show.

The I Can’t Dance hitmaker leant against a microphone stand while performing his best-loved hits.

Show: Phil Collins remained seated as he performed alongside his band Genesis at Leeds Arena on Tuesday

Phil sported a black jacket for the show along with a light blue T-shirt and a pair of navy trousers. 

The musician, who first joined Genesis in 1970, took to the stage with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford. 

It follows a BBC Breakfast interview earlier in September, where he confessed to no longer being able to play the drums.

The star’s health difficulties have been well-documented in recent years and he has been seen using a wheelchair after undergoing back surgery following a fall in his bathroom in 2017 and various mobility issues followed. 

Health: The musician, 70, who has suffered with health issues over recent years – stayed in his chair during the entire show

He attended the wedding of his daughter Lily to Charlie McDowell this month, however it is unclear when the BBC interview was filmed.

Speaking on-screen, he said: ‘I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son…

‘No [I can’t still play the drums]. I’d love to. But I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. There are certain physical things that get in the way…

‘We’re all men of our age, and I think to some extent, I think it probably is putting it to bed. I think yeah, I think just generally for me, I don’t know if I want to go out on the road any more.’ 

In April 2009, Phil had surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck, which occurred while drumming on the 2007 Genesis tour.

Performance: The I Can’t Dance hitmaker leant against a microphone stand while performing his best-loved hits

Casual: Phil sported a black jacket for the show along with a light blue T-shirt and a pair of navy trousers 

Concert: The musician, who first joined Genesis in 1970, took to the stage with bandmates Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford

In a tragic turn of events, the operation caused him to lose feeling in his fingers and could only hold drum sticks if they were taped to his hands.

In 2010, Phil stated he was suffering depression and had even debated suicide but stopped himself at the thought of his children.

Four years later, he revealed he still could not properly play the drums due to an undiagnosed nerve problem rather than arthritis.

In 2015, he underwent a spine operation and announced the following year that he was still unable to drum with his left hand. Doctors said he would be able to play again but only with step-by-step practice.

Interview: It follows a BBC Breakfast interview earlier in September, where he confessed to no longer being able to play the drums

Surgery: The star’s health difficulties have been well-documented in recent years and he has been seen using a wheelchair after undergoing back surgery following a fall in his bathroom in 2017 and various mobility issues followed

He said: ‘I’m kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son…’

In January 2017, the iconic hitmaker revealed that he is a type 2 diabetic and had received treatment with a hyperbaric chamber after he developed an infected diabetic abscess on his foot.

Phil announced his comeback tour in October 2016 after coming out of retirement.

The musical icon had planned to kick off his return with five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall with tickets for the shows selling out in 15 seconds. But following a fall on the way to the bathroom a year later, the British singer was forced to cancel.

In the hotel room fall he hit his head on a chair as he fell, and was forced to have stitches for a severe gash near his eye

A statement was released at the time, which read: ‘Phil suffers from “drop foot” as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk.’ Since then his mobility and health problems have persisted.

Way back when: Phil is pictured in 1984

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