Phil Collins announces comeback tour after retirement drove him to drink

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17 Oct 2016, 11:42

Phil Collins has announced a comeback tour, saying he has reversed his decision to retire.

The 65-year-old former Genesis frontman, who has sold over 100 million records, will play five nights at London's Royal Albert Hall next summer as well as dates in Cologne and Paris. It will be his first tour since 2007.

Announcing his comeback, the  and star said the tour would be "romp through the stuff people know".

He also said that retirement was "a funny word" while confirming "I've changed my mind about the decision to quit."

Alluding to his bitter divorce fight with his third wife, with whom he later got back together, Collins said: "I stopped work because I wanted to be a dad at home.

"As bad luck would have it, as soon as I retired, my family split up. I didn't have anyone to go home to. That's why I started drinking." The drummer and singer added: "I'm living with my young kids. They want me to go out on the road and do my thing, and why not?" 

Collins, who has been using a crutch because of injuries caused by years of drumming, said he was not nervous and was looking forward to the tour. He said he was unlikely to play drums - although he would like to attempt the famous introduction to In a possible nod to the health problems the singer has suffered in recent years, the tour has been called When pressed about a possible Genesis return, Collins left fans intrigued by saying: "I wouldn't rule out anything."