Phil Collins Returns to Late Night TV with ‘In The Air Tonight’
His right foot isn’t in tip-top shape, he’s coming off back surgery and he has a problem with a hand. But Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” still packs some punch.
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The veteran British singer, drummer and Hall of Famer (he was inducted in 2010 with his band Genesis) is on the comeback trail. He recently announced nine shows next June in London, Paris and Cologne, Germany, and he’s just released an autobiography and a new compilation, The Singles.
Collins told reporters in London he initially retired to spend more time with his family but started to drink after his family split up.
“I’ve changed my mind,” he said of leaving the stage for good. “I’m living with my young kids. They want me to go out on the road and do my thing, and why not?”
Collins says he’s not likely to play drums on tour but might try performing the introduction to “In the Air Tonight.”
Collins was the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he wasted no time by performing his brooding early ’80s hit “In the Air Tonight,” with some help from The Roots. Nope, Collins didn’t complete the classic drum fill, but he’s hoping to get some work done behind the kit at next year’s shows.
He officially retired in 2002, but that didn’t last. He last toured in 2007.
Watch the clip below.