Pop rock legend Phil Collins had to cancel the final two dates of his comeback tour in England after he suffered a fall in his hotel room on the way to the bathroom. The fall caused a “severe gash on his head close to his eye”, according to Collins’ Facebook page. The injury required Collins to get stitches at the hospital on Wednesday night, and he was ordered to stay for observation for the next 24 hours, although the official statement assured Collins fans that he was “recovering well”.
We unfortunately have to announce that Phil Collins’ performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London will be postponed…
The two dates he cancelled were Thursday and Friday performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, although he already performed there several times during his comeback tour. As for upcoming concerts scheduled in Germany and France, the statement said there was no plan to reschedule those yet. The cancelled London concerts are tentatively rescheduled for late November.
Collins was on a comeback tour because of health issues that had previously hobbled his musical efforts for about a decade. The 65-year-old Englishman currently has to use a cane, and sometimes two depending on his pain tolerance for the day, due to a “drop foot”, a condition he contracted after back surgery. Collins has also commented in the past on partial hearing loss and a bad wrist, the latter which impedes him from playing full-time on the drums, his natural instrument.
Collins also has a new memoir out, entitled Not Dead Yet, and in promotion of the book, he acknowledged that he’s more invested in performing for the pleasure of his fans than he is for himself. “I’ve been made aware the last few years that people have missed me,” Collins said in an interview with CBS News when announcing the memoir and talking about the upcoming comeback tour.