October 28, 2015


Phil Collins Is Back: "I'm No Longer Officially Retired"

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Phil Collins has been mostly missing in action as a solo recording artist since 2002's Testify, his last album of original material. But now, he tells Rolling Stone, "I'm no longer officially retired. The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go."

The decision to come out of semi-retirement comes after a divorce, extensive medical issues and a move to Miami to be near his young sons. "My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road," the 64-year-old Collins says. "They love my music and I'd like to take them out so they can enjoy it."

The Genesis alum's plans aren't set yet; he'd like to play global arenas but might go with smaller theaters. His eight solo albums will be reissued with bonus material aplenty in January 2016. 

"I'm easily flattered. If people rediscover the old stuff and show interest, it would be silly to not make more music," he says.