Phil Collins health issues as he quits Genesis gigs – booze to back problems

After a long battle with his health, the legendary drummer and singer of the band Genesis Phil Collins has played his final gig.

Performing at the O2 in London, 71-year-old Collins said his goodbye to fans, making jokes about now having to find a proper job.

In their first tour since 2007 Collins – joined by Mike Rutherford on the guitar and bass and Tony Banks on the keyboard – enjoyed the band's final outing years on from the glory they enjoyed in the 1980s and 1990s.

Touring the likes of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle, they've had to postpone three London shows because of issues caused by Covid-19.

Collins had to perform while sitting down, having appeared a little frail during his time on the tour.

He's been battling health conditions for a decade, which has understandably taken its toll, leaving him reliant on a walking stick or wheelchair.

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Collins has had to battle more than one problem over the last 13 years – in 2009 he suffered damaged vertebrae.

He is understood to have picked up the nasty injury while he was playing, leaving nerve damage in his hands.

After surgery he lost his ability to grip his drumsticks, meaning the only way he could play was if they were taped to his hands.

Writing on the Genesis website at the time of the injury he said: "Somehow, during the last Genesis tour, I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.

"After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can’t function normally.

“Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano."

After divorcing his third wife and having retired, Collins admitted he had drinking problems in his 2016 autobiography.

He said at the time that he had been sober for three years.

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In 2017 he announced that he was a type 2 diabetic and would be receiving treatment using a hyperbaric chamber to tackle infected abscesses in his foot.

The same year he hit his head during a slip in the bedroom, forcing him to cancel two shows.

He had a cut close to his eye and needed stitches. The injury is thought ultimately to have been caused by ‘foot drop’, an outcome of the surgery he had for his back. He has been wearing orthopaedic shoes ever since.

Pancreatitis is another condition that Collins suffers from and one that he spoke about in 2016: “Within months you’re drinking vodka from the fridge in the morning and falling over in front of the kids, you know.

"But it was something I lived through, and I was lucky to live through it and get through it.

“I was very close to dying."

Collins had been rushed to a Swiss hospital and his doctor was heard to ask his family if his will was in order.

Speaking to theMirrorhe said: "My organs were kind of f****d. It was spirits, corrosive stuff."

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