Phil Collins is due to play five dates at the Royal Albert Hall, London in June as part of the Not Dead Yet! Tour

By Phil Boucher
October 17, 2016 12:15 PM

Against all odds, Phil Collins is back.

The “Groovy Kind of Love” star is returning to the stage for the first time in 10 years with his Not Dead Yet! tour, which kicks off with a five-night residency at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall in June 2017.

Collins – who recently reconciled with ex-wife Orianne – will then follow that up with two shows in Cologne, Germany and a further two in Paris, France.

“I thought I would retire quietly,” Collins says of his return in a management release. “But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists, I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing. It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited. It just feels right.”

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Collins lengthy hiatus from the music world resulted from a combination of health problems and a desire to spend more time with his children at his home in Féchy, Switzerland.

“I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis,” the Genesis drummer told PEOPLE shortly after his decision to semi-retire in 2011.

In 2015, he underwent a major back operation to repair serious nerve damage caused by years of touring and studio work, which had left him unable to feel his right foot or properly grip a drum stick.

“I had an MRI and my back and hips were just shot,” he told Rolling Stone after the operation that fall. “The doctor had to go in there, work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess.”

Other than a short – and ultimately unsuccessful – writing collaboration with Adele, the seven-time Grammy winner has largely kept away from the public eye since.

This all started to change in 2016, when he made an appearance in March at an event for his Little Dreams Foundation. The Oscar winner – who has 100 million record sales to his name – then performing two of his biggest hits in August at the opening of the 2016 US Open tennis in New York.