Phil Collins has announced that he will be embarking on his first North American tour in 12 years this fall. The tour, titled Not Dead Yet, Live has been billed as a sequel to his 2016 autobiography Not Dead Yet. It is Collins’ first major run of solo concerts since his cheekily titled First Final Farewell Tour in 2004-05, which foreshadowed a temporary retirement.
The legendary artist will play 15 shows across North America, kicking off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on October 5th and wrapping up in Chicago, IL on Oct. 22nd. Collins will be accompanied by longtime guitarist Daryl Stuermer (former Genesis tour-mate), keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Luis Conte along with a horn section, backup vocalists and his 16-year-old son Nicolas on drums.
In early 2011 Collins announced his retirement, posting this message on his website, “I am stopping so I can be a full time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.”
However, he briefly returned to the stage in 2014 to perform a couple of songs at Miami Country Day School (which his sons attended). Two years later he performed a mini-set during a fundraiser for his Little Dreams Foundation.
Since then he played two songs at the U.S. Open tennis tournament and made an appearance on The Tonight Show to promote his autobiography Not Dead Yet – performing “In the Air Tonight” with The Roots.
Collins toured Europe and the U.K. last summer – though he had to postpone a pair of London shows after a fall left him with a severe gash on his head.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday, May 15th at 10 am. Citi cardholders can register for access to a pre-sale beginning at midnight May 9th. Fans can register to be part of Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan pre-sale here until Friday, May 11th at 12pm local time for a chance at tickets Monday, May 14th.