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Phil Collins Forced to Retire Drumming




Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Artist News, Rock,


After numerous years seated behind a drum set, musician Phil Collins has been forced to place the sticks down. The former Genesis singer says its far too painful for him to take up the instrument now.

The 58-year-old, who recently saw Mike Tyson imitate his “In The Air Tonight” solo in The Hangover, had been playing for most of his life. His stint with Genesis lasted 26 years before he moved on to a successful solo career.

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“I’ve got a condition that means I can’t play any more. After playing drums for 50 years, I’ve had to stop. Obviously I’m very sad about it. My vertebrae has been crushing my spinal cord because of the position I drum in. It comes from years of playing. I can’t even hold the sticks properly without it being painful. I even used to tape the sticks to my hands to get through,” he revealed.

Fortunately, Collins’ condition is not an entire setback. “But don’t worry, I can still sing,” he added.

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