Phil Collins Returns to the Stage with a Bandage on His Forehead Following Nasty Fall in Hotel Room
Phil Collins is back on stage.
Just four days after suffering a fall in his hotel room that required him to be rushed to a hospital — and cancel two sold-out concerts in London — the 66-year-old singer resumed his Not Dead Yet Tour in Cologne, Germany, on Sunday.
Sporting a white bandage on his forehead just above his left eye to cover his stitches, Collins kicked off his five-date residency at the Lanxess Arena, which earned him a standing ovation from the crowd.
Last week, the former Genesis drummer fell while going to the bathroom in the middle of the night, where he hit his head on a chair, according to a post on his Facebook page. Collins required stitches for a “severe gash on his head close to his eye.” He was held at the hospital for 24 hours for observation.
The statement noted that “Phil suffers from ‘drop foot’ as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk.”
Due to the injury, Collins’ concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London for Thursday and Friday were rescheduled for November.
“Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans. He has had a fantastic week at his first shows in 10 years, cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return,” the post said.
Collins previously revealed that the 2015 back surgery, nerve damage and multiple foot fractures have left him feeling like he’s walking “on sticks,” but despite his health issues his kids are hoping to see him perform again.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be fit enough to play the drums again on tour,” said Collins. “My left arm has changed – it’s a neural thing. The back surgery I had was great – I mean, how good can surgery be? But it was problem-free. But then when I was recovering on crutches, I fell and fractured my foot. When I recovered from foot surgery, I fell again and fractured another part of the same foot. My right foot now is completely numb.”
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He continued, “It could be a year or three months to get feeling back – I have no idea. But my kids want me to do shows so they can brag to their friends. I intend on doing some things. I stopped going into the studio because I was sad, but now I’m getting a taste of it again.”
Collins’ Not Dead Yet Tour marks his first tour in nearly 10 years.