Phil Collins coming to Prague’s O2 Arena

The singer has come out of retirement and is on a world tour

Phil Collins wants you to know he is Still Not Dead Yet. The singer and musician will be coming to Prague’s O2 Arena on June 25, 2019. Tickets go on sale to Live Nation club members Nov. 28 at 10 am and to the general public, Nov. 30 at 10 am.

The former Genesis frontman had announced his retirement in 2012 so he could spend more time with his family. That ended, though, in October 2016, when he released an autobiographical book called Not Dead Yet Live and announced a tour of the same name. That tour has already gone through the UK and part of Western Europe, as well as North and South America. Dates are planned for Australia and New Zealand in early 2019.

The newly announced European leg of the tour is billed as Still Not Dead Yet Live, though it is unclear if there will be any differences to the previous shows or if it is just because it is the second set of dates in Europe.

"I thought I would retire quietly, but thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing,” Collins said when he first announced the tour.

“I changed my mind. I'm living with my young kids and they want me to go out on the road, do some new things, and there's no reason why not,” he added.

The tour so far has had heavy emphasis on his solo career, with hits like “Against All Odds,” “In the Air Tonight,” “Another Day in Paradise” and “Sussudio” generally on the list, as well as his covers of “Easy Lover” and “You Can’t Hurry Love.”

Only a few Genesis songs tend to be featured, such as “Follow You Follow Me” and “Invisible Touch.”

Phil Collins has some nerve damage, which has limited his ability to play drums. His son Nicholas is doing most of the drumming on the tour, while Phil is concentrating on vocals. Daryl Stuermer, who toured with Genesis and played on Collins’ solo albums, is on lead guitar. Ronnie Caryl, another long-time associate of Collins, is on rhythm guitar.
Leland Sklar, who has appeared on over 2,000 albums, is on bass.

Collins has been in Prague four times since 1997. The last time was in 2007 at the parking lot in front of what is now O2 Arena, due to a problem with the original outdoor venue becoming unavailable.

During his solo career, Collins has sold more than 150 million records, and his eight solo albums have recently been remastered. He is one of only two recording artists to sell over 100 million records worldwide both as a solo artist and separately as principal band member. The other is Sir Paul McCartney.

He has won eight Grammy Awards and six Brit Awards and six Ivor Novello Awards. He also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 2000 for “You’ll Be in My Heart” on the Tarzan soundtrack. He earned another Golden Globe in 1989 for “Two Hearts” on the Buster soundtrack.

In 1994 he was named a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

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