Phil Collins says goodbye emotionally to the fans at the final concert

Music legend Phil Collins gave his very last concert amid his ongoing health problems.

Collins was joined by Genesis bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks for their very last show at London’s 02 on Saturday night. Collins, 71, performed the show from a seated position and quipped to the crowd that now he needs to find a real job. The Daily Mail reported.

The band reunited for The Last Domino? Tour this year after being postponed due to the coronavirus. The tour came after a 14-year hiatus from live performance.

Collins has suffered from numerous health issues in recent years, including a cervical dislocation in 2007 that left nerve damage in his hands. He has been using a cane since 2015, when he underwent back surgery, and revealed in September that he can “barely hold” a drumstick.

“I do nothing. I don’t practice singing at home, not at all. rehearsals is the practice” Collins told the Guardian in September.

“These guys are always trying to do it to me, but I have to do it this way. Of course my health changes things, doing the show sitting down changes things. But I’ve actually found on my recent solo tours that it didn’t get in the way; the audience was still listening and reacting. It’s not how I would have written it, but it is what it is,” he continued.

Phil Collins of Genesis performs at U Arena on March 17, 2022 in Nanterre, France.
Phil Collins gave his last concert ever.
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British singer and drummer Phil Collins of the band Genesis performs live on stage during a concert at Mercedes Benz Arena on March 7, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.
Phil Collins played the show while seated.
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Phil Collins joined Genesis in 1970.
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“These guys are always trying to do it to me, but I have to do it this way. Of course my health changes things, doing the show sitting down changes things. But I’ve actually found on my recent solo tours that it didn’t get in the way; the audience was still listening and reacting. It’s not how I would have written it, but it is what it is,” he continued.

Genesis was first founded in 1967 and skyrocketed in the 1970s with over 100 million records sold. Collins became the band’s drummer and backing vocalist in 1970, before becoming lead singer in 1975.

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