News of the ‘Not Dead Yet Live’ tour was announced at a press conference held at the venue, which featured a Q&A hosted by Jools Holland.
Collins retired from playing live in 2002, citing injuries to his back and arms caused by years of playing drums. He went on a brief reunion tour with Genesis in 2007, but has since been absent from performing concerts.
Now Collins has confirmed a five night stay at the Royal Albert Hall for next June. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday (October 21).
Phil Collins will play the following shows:
London, Royal Albert Hall (June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
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Collins announced in October 2015 that he was coming out of retirement to play shows. He said that his sons Nicholas and Matthew were aged 14 and 10, and wanted to see their father play shows. Collins commented: “They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music, and I’d love to take them out on the road.”
Since that announcement, Collins has only performed at a handful of charity shows. His last album of new music was ‘Testify’ in 2002, when he announced he was retiring before the album’s accompanying tour, which was called ‘My First Farewell Tour’.
Collins releases his autobiography, Not Dead Yet, this week (October 20).