Phil Collins has been forced to postpone Thursday night’s (June 8) Not Dead Yet tour date at London’s Royal Albert Hall after suffering a serious head injury in his hotel room. The 66-year-old rock icon was preparing to play the fourth gig in a five-night run at the venerable venue when he slipped and fell on Wednesday night (June 7).
“Phil suffers from ‘drop foot’ as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk,” read a statement on his Facebook page. “He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours.”
The Genesis singer and solo star recently launched his first tour in over a decade and the statement said he will reschedule the Royal Albert gigs for Nov. 26 and 27 and is planning to continue his tour on Sunday (June 11) with a gig in Cologne before heading back to London for a headlining gig at BST Hyde Park on June, 30.
Check out the full Facebook statement below:
In an interview with Billboard last year Collins discussed some of the physical challenges that have kept him off the road, which have included a dislocated vertebra, nerve damage and foot fractures have left him feeling like he’s walking “on sticks.” Despite several surgeries, Collins still wasn’t sure if he’d ever play drums properly again.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever be fit enough to play the drums again on tour. My left arm has changed. It’s a neural thing,” he said. “The back surgery I had was great—I mean, how good can surgery be? But it was problem-free. But then when I was recovering on crutches, I fell and fractured my foot. When I recovered from foot surgery, I fell again and fractured another part of the same foot. My right foot now is completely numb.”