Phil Collins made his first live appearance in four years at his children’s school in Miami, Florida. The Guardian reported that Collins performed last week with the school band at Miami Country Day School, where his two sons Nicholas and Matthew attend. Collins’ ex-wife, Orianne Collins Mejjati, lives with the boys in Miami-Dade. Collins, who has been sidelined in recent years following major surgery for a dislocated vertebra and severe nerve damage in his hands, is currently eying a comeback either on his own -- or possibly with Genesis -- and is now working on new material with singer Adele.
Collins, who performed his own classic "In The Air Tonight" and the Genesis hit "Land Of Confusion," told the audience prior to beginning, "Before we start actually I'd just like to say hello and thanks for having me. I was here yesterday and we did a soundcheck and rehearsals and I met all of the kids up on the stage and most of the teachers. . . you're all very lucky to have such committed staff."
When we last caught up with him, Phil Collins gave us an update on nerve damage recovery on his hand -- which was a by-product of the vertebrae damage: "I won't know for a year, 'cause it takes year -- a millimeter a day, and the problem is on my elbow, down to my wrist and palm. Actually I can't play drums -- although I play drums on the Motown record, but I had to tape the sticks to my hand -- gaffer tape the sticks, 'cause I didn't have any strength to hold the sticks and my wrist.”
Out now on DVD is Phil Collins' Going Back -- Live At Roseland Ballroom, NYC. The disc features 25 songs recorded in concert at Manhattan's Roseland Ballroom, along with members of Motown's original backing band the Funk Brothers -- bassist Bob Babbitt, and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette.
Also on board for the covers set were longtime Collins and Genesis sidemen drummer Chester Thompson and guitarist Darryl Stuermer.