Phil Collins, father of Emily in Paris, actress Lily Collins, said goodbye to fans as he performed his final live show at London’s O2 Arena
Phil Collins has given his last concert with the band Genesis after a long health struggle.
The 71-year-old played at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night (March 26) where he said goodbye to the fans and told the crowd he now has to find a real job.
The band, which includes keyboardist Tony Banks and guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford, delighted rock fans when they reunited last year for their The Last Domino? tour – their first tour since 2007.
Genesis toured the UK in 2021, visiting venues in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle and Liverpool but had to postpone three shows in London due to Covid.
Collins sparked concern from fans during the tour after appearing quite frail and the singer was forced to perform while seated in a chair.
He has struggled with health issues for more than a decade and now looks frail, relying on a cane and wheelchair to get around.
What illness does Phil Collins have?
Collins has been plagued by a series of health issues over the past 10 years, beginning with an injured vertebra in his upper neck in 2009.
He sustained the injury while performing, leaving crippling nerve damage in his hands.
He underwent surgery to repair the vertebrae, but he lost feeling in his fingers and could only grip drumsticks when they were attached to his hands.
The injury soon left him unable to play the drums that made him a star.
In a message published on the Genesis website at the time, Collins explained: “Somehow I dislocated some vertebrae in the upper neck during the last Genesis tour and it affected my hands.
“After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still cannot function normally.
“Maybe that will change in a year or so, but right now it’s impossible for me to play the drums or the piano.”
In his 2016 autobiography, Collins explained that he struggled with a drinking problem after retiring and divorcing his third wife, adding that he had been sober for three years.
The following year, he announced that he is a type 2 diabetic and was treated with a hyperbaric chamber after developing a diabetic abscess on his foot, which became infected.
In 2017, the singer had to cancel two shows after slipping in his hotel room at night and banging his head on a chair, resulting in stitches for a severe laceration near his eye.
The fall was caused by “foot drop”, a condition Collins developed after his back surgery and which now sees him in orthopedic shoes.
He now uses a cane to help walk and performs on stage while seated in a chair.
Collins also suffers from acute pancreatitis, in which the pancreas becomes inflamed and swollen over a short period of time.
Speaking about the condition at a press conference in 2016, he explained: “Within months you’re drinking vodka out of the fridge in the morning and you’re falling down in front of the kids, you know.
“But it was something I lived through and I was fortunate to be able to go through it and get through it.
“I was very close to death”
who is his daughter
Collins is the father of actress Lily Collins, star of the comedy-drama TV series Emily In Paris.
Lily, 32, is also known for her work in films such as Mirror Mirror, Love, Rosie and the TV adaptation of Les Miserables.
She was born in Guildford, Surrey, but moved to the United States as a child after her parents divorced.
The actress announced that she married filmmaker Charlie McDowell on Saturday (September 4) and shared a picture of herself kissing her new husband on Instagram.
The star wrote: “I never wanted to be anyone’s more than yours and now I get to be your wife. On September 4th, 2021 we officially became together forever. I love you beyond @charliemcdowell…”
Will Phil Collins continue touring?
Collins previously confirmed that this current tour would likely be his last as he continues to struggle with health issues.
The star was in high spirits during Saturday’s final show at London’s O2, despite the emotional nature of the evening.
He told the crowd, “It’s the last stop on our tour and it’s the last show for Genesis. After tonight we all have to get real jobs.”
His actress daughter Lily was at the venue to support her father on the momentous night and shared a picture of herself sitting on tour gear backstage.
In the caption, she wrote: “Tonite marks the end of an era. Witnessing that final show was truly a lifetime memory and event that I will carry in my heart forever. Endlessly grateful doesn’t do it justice.
“So much love was left on that O2 stage and an even greater amount was shared between an audience that didn’t want it to end.
“Many Thanks @genesis_band for the memories thank you dad for being such an inspiration and thank you @nic_collins for making me the proudest sister there is. 50 years full of songs later and still generations more to celebrate you long after this tour is over…”
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