By: Renee Grant
Fans in the UK have been treated to some pretty incredible shows from Phil Collins lately, despite his many health issues. The 66-year-old rocker has been on his Not Dead Yet tour this summer and added some new dates to the tour this past Friday, building a run around postponed dates he added this fall after suffering a nasty fall in his hotel room last month.
To the rescheduled dates (November 26th and 27th), Collins has added shows beginning on November 22 in Cardiff Wales and ending on December 3rd in Birmingham, England. Collins says he’s considering the best way to tour without jeopardizing his health, stating, “I’m back a bit. I mean, we’re doing these three cities… and we’re basically taking it as it goes. I certainly don’t want to go back on tour again, but I think, y’know, two or three weeks of shows, then a month off, the two or three weeks of shows, that kind of thing might work. So I’m hedging my bets here. I’m just taking baby steps… But it’s exciting, and the dates are sold out so that’s more exciting ’cause it adds a bit of an edge to it.”
Collins would like to add a string of US dates, but it seems that will have to wait until his health improves a bit. A source tells the NY Daily News, “He really has been in immense pain, and is so tired after shows that he is barely able to walk. He was whisked to the stage in Dublin with a golf buggy to save him walking the full distance. It just takes the edge of having to walk with his cane. There is talk of a lift too at the side of the stage to save him climbing stairs.”
It is said that, although Collins has been dealing with his pain, he doesn’t complain.
Here’s hoping his health improves and he’s able to treat his fans on this side of the pond to his incredible live performances.