Phil Collins kicks off Genesis farewell tour in Birmingham, sings from chair amid health woes

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“Against All Odds,” Phil Collins is soldiering on.

A frail-looking Collins finished his first show with Genesis on the group’s “The Last Domino?” tour in Birmingham Monday night, remaining seated throughout the concert.

Collins, 70, sang all of the evening’s tunes from a chair onstage, though he was not alone in that regard: The group’s guitarist Mike Rutherford also opted to play while perched on a stool at points.

The Birmingham show was the first stop on the band’s farewell tour and their first live performance in 13 years since 2007’s Turn It On Again Tour.

Phil Collins revealed that he can no longer play the drums.
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Collins’ 20-year-old son Nic has taken over the drum throne for him. Collins called his handicap “very frustrating ’cause, you know, I’d love to be playing up there with my son,” on “BBC Breakfast” earlier this month.

Asked if the current tour is putting Genesis “to bed,” Collins said, “We’re all men of our age, and I think — to some extent — yeah, it probably is putting it to bed.”

“Just, generally, for me,” he added, “I don’t know if I want to go out on the road anymore.”

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