The legendary Phil Collins is officially out of retirement!
Collins, 66, performed his first full concert in nearly 10 years in Liverpool, England on Friday, June 2. The gig was a warm-up of sorts for the seven-time Grammy-winner ahead of his five-night stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday.
Among the many songs performed was Collins’ first performance of “Sussudio” in 12 years. He performed many of his greatest hits for the first time since the 2007 Genesis reunion tour and the first-ever solo version of Genesis’ “Follow You Follow Me”.
Collins took a long hiatus due to serious back issues, but announced he was “no longer officially retired” in October 2015. “We’re working out a way to make a show special,” Collins previously told Rolling Stone. “At the moment, there won’t be any new material, but we can bring out some songs that we haven’t done so they’ll appear new.”
Collins embarks on 18 dates for the European stretch of his Not Dead Yet tour, which kicked off in Liverpool on Friday and wraps up on June 30 in London. Other dates include Germany, France and Ireland.