Phil Collins Announces Return: 'I Am No Longer Retired'

Phil Collins
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Phil Collins attends the green carpet arrivals for the Stuttgart Premiere of the musical 'Tarzan'  at Stage Apollo Theater on Nov. 21, 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany.  

Phil Collins fans can feel it coming in the air: The legend is making a comeback.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the 64-year-old singer and ex-Genesis drummer/frontman announced that he will begin work on a new album, My Life in 15 Songs, in the next month, coming out of his hiatus since 2002's Testify.

"I'm no longer retired," said Collins. "The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go." 

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The 1980s pop phenom also touched on his past struggles with drinking as well as his history of medical issues, like nearly losing all his hearing in his left ear, dislocating the vertebra in his neck from the 2007 Genesis reunion tour, and his recent back surgery.

While no details have been set in stone, Collins is also plotting a comeback tour to accompany his next LP. The decision hinges on his pending plan to reissue his solo projects.

"I got very involved in these reissues," he says. "We even re-shot all the covers, which was my idea. I'm easily flattered. If people rediscover the old stuff and show interest, it would be silly not to make more music." 

Collins' catalog has still made waves on present-day timelines despite his absence. See: viral clips of a golden retriever pup air-drumming and Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry singing to the 1981 smash "In the Air Tonight."

As for another performance stint with his Genesis bandmates, he says the door is always open. "Let's start with this [solo] bit first," he said. "I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let's see where this goes." 

Collins is also expected to release an autobiography in October 2016. 


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