Phil Collins bids farewell to fans as he performs with Genesis for the very last time

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By stefan armitage

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Phil Collins has taken his final bow with his legendary band, Genesis.

Taking place at London's O2 area, the 72-year-old frontman revealed that Saturday night's show would be the band's final ever concert, as he stood alongside fellow bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.

Over the last year, the band had been performing around the world on their The Last Domino? Tour.

Speaking to the crowd, Collins said: "It's the last stop of our tour, and it's the last show for Genesis. After tonight we all have to get real jobs."

Ex-frontman Peter Gabriel was also in the crowd to watch his former bandmates.

The legendary hitmaker spent most of the concert sitting down, due to him suffering from a number of different health conditions - but took to his feet to embrace his fellow bandmates as the crowd cheered and applauded.

Genesis first formed back in 1967, with Collins joining the rock group in 1970.

After becoming the more recognizable trio of Collins, Rutherford, and Banks in 1977, the group went on to have their biggest commercial success throughout the 1980s, enjoying four number 1 albums in the UK charts in that decade alone.

In 1986, they had their first and only US Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single, 'Invisible Touch', which spent three weeks at the top of the chart.

Despite his frail appearance throughout the tour, as you can see from the video below, Collins still sounded incredible, with his iconic and soulful vocals energizing the London fans.

And although Collins wasn't behind the drums for the tour, his son Nic proudly stepped up to perform percussion.

Collins suffered a spinal injury in back 2007 that damaged vertebrae in his upper neck and caused lasting nerve damage.

In a new interview with BBC Breakfast last year, he was asked if he would resume drumming, to which he replied: "I'd love to but you know, I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. So there are certain physical things that get in the way."

He added: "I'm kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son."

When asked about his son's particular drumming style, Collins said: "I’m one of his many influences, being his dad. He plays like me and he kinda has the same attitude as me, so that was a good starter."

Truly the end of an era, as we say goodbye to one of the greatest and most influential bands in music history.

Featured image credit: ALL ACCESS / Alamy

Phil Collins bids farewell to fans as he performs with Genesis for the very last time

vt-author-image

By stefan armitage

Article saved!Article saved!

Phil Collins has taken his final bow with his legendary band, Genesis.

Taking place at London's O2 area, the 72-year-old frontman revealed that Saturday night's show would be the band's final ever concert, as he stood alongside fellow bandmates Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks.

Over the last year, the band had been performing around the world on their The Last Domino? Tour.

Speaking to the crowd, Collins said: "It's the last stop of our tour, and it's the last show for Genesis. After tonight we all have to get real jobs."

Ex-frontman Peter Gabriel was also in the crowd to watch his former bandmates.

The legendary hitmaker spent most of the concert sitting down, due to him suffering from a number of different health conditions - but took to his feet to embrace his fellow bandmates as the crowd cheered and applauded.

Genesis first formed back in 1967, with Collins joining the rock group in 1970.

After becoming the more recognizable trio of Collins, Rutherford, and Banks in 1977, the group went on to have their biggest commercial success throughout the 1980s, enjoying four number 1 albums in the UK charts in that decade alone.

In 1986, they had their first and only US Billboard Hot 100 number 1 single, 'Invisible Touch', which spent three weeks at the top of the chart.

Despite his frail appearance throughout the tour, as you can see from the video below, Collins still sounded incredible, with his iconic and soulful vocals energizing the London fans.

And although Collins wasn't behind the drums for the tour, his son Nic proudly stepped up to perform percussion.

Collins suffered a spinal injury in back 2007 that damaged vertebrae in his upper neck and caused lasting nerve damage.

In a new interview with BBC Breakfast last year, he was asked if he would resume drumming, to which he replied: "I'd love to but you know, I mean, I can barely hold a stick with this hand. So there are certain physical things that get in the way."

He added: "I'm kind of physically challenged a bit, which is very frustrating because I’d love to be playing up there with my son."

When asked about his son's particular drumming style, Collins said: "I’m one of his many influences, being his dad. He plays like me and he kinda has the same attitude as me, so that was a good starter."

Truly the end of an era, as we say goodbye to one of the greatest and most influential bands in music history.

Featured image credit: ALL ACCESS / Alamy