Genesis lead guitarist Steve Hackett joined an interview with BBC Radio’s Mike Naylor in which he talked about Phil Collins‘ health issues which led him to sing while sitting in a chair.
Mostly known as the drummer and singer of Genesis, Phil Collins has been making musical efforts with the band for a long time. However, he has also been suffering from various health problems. Nevertheless, these also had a negative impact on his musical performances.
Back in 2000, Collins lost his hearing in his left ear after a recording session. He then consulted several doctors, but they told him that there was nothing much left to do. However, he recovered most of his hearing two years later after some treatment.
In 2007, during the Genesis tour, Collins dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck. Two years later, in April 2009, he had an operation to recover from it. After the surgery, he lost feeling in his fingers and this made him unable to play the drums. These health problems made Collins delve deep into feelings of depression, and he even contemplated suicide.
Apart from these, Collins also underwent a spine operation, got diabetes and developed a diabetic abscess on his foot, and hit his head on a chair. In 2017, he began to use a cane while walking and started performing while sitting in a chair.
In a recent interview by BBC Radio’s Mike Naylor, Phil Collins’ former Genesis bandmate Steve Hackett talked about the musicians’ current state and Genesis’ last tour. He said that Collins is an all-rounder and he wishes him improved health. Following that, Hackett stated that he and Genesis were touring at the same time, and he would love to go and see them if he didn’t have to focus on his own tour.
Steve Hackett stated in the interview that:
“Of course, we all have sympathy with Phil because we know what an incredible all-rounder he’s being. It’s easy to forget that he was a child actor, dancer, singer in Oliver years before Genesis. We all wish him improved health.
The tour that I’m doing was booked way ahead of their tour, things got shunted around, and it looked like they were going to be touring the states at the same time I was going to be in the U.K. It just so happens. They’re playing in the same country we are at the same time. So, it’s the heaviest possible pressure for me.
But at the same time, we were playing in Manchester and we were in the same town the same night. I was very worried that we wouldn’t be able to fill our venue, but the reverse was true. It was a fantastic reaction, we happened to film it. If we weren’t touring at the same time, I would go and see one of their shows. Obviously, I wish them well. But you know, I have my commitments, they have theirs.”
You can watch the full interview below.