Phil Collins Cancels Art Basel Benefit Performance Due to Illness

Phil Collins performs at The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2010
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Phil Collins performs at The Prince's Trust Rock Gala 2010 supported by Novae at the Royal Albert Hall on November 17, 2010 in London, England. 

Phil Collins cancelled his charity performance at the Fillmore in Miami Saturday night after coming down with an illness. The planned three or four-song set would have been his first solo performance in several years, after he announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on being a father. 

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The show was scheduled at the Fillmore Miami Beach to benefit his Little Dreams Foundation, presented by Collins' ex-wife Orianne Collins Mejjati and music technologist David Frangioni during Art Basel.

In September the former Genesis singer and drummer clarified the set would not be a full concert, saying, "I will be performing three or four songs semi-acoustically, and maybe one more with my 13 year old son Nicolas on drums, but that's all as I am not ready to return to the full concert stage at this time."

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Collins broke the news to his the fundraiser audience, reports, telling the crowd he had been overcome by a neurological affliction that affects him occasionally. He said he'd been working with doctors over the past two days and that sound checks had gone poorly, apologizing and thanking those in attendance. 

"Trust me, you wouldn’t enjoy it," he said when he was encouraged to sing anyway.  

Richard Marx and Italian singer Laura Pausini performed the event as well. 


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