Picture: Phil at a jazz festival I think, c. 1996
Singer/drummer Phil Collins has stated he has stopped drumming...at least for now. The Genesis drummer says that he can't hold his drum sticks as he has no feeling in his fingers. This is due to surgery Collins had back in April to help a dislocated vertebra in his neck. Collins says that if he were to drum again he'd have to have his hands glued to his drum sticks. Currently, he is making an album of Motown covers. This news was present back from September which said that Collins would never drum again.
This really sucks for most Genesis fans. Phil had been the drummer of Genesis since 1971 but then transfered over to lead vocals when Peter Gabriel left in 1975. He'd come to the drums occasionally but by the 1980's, Genesis had morphed from progressive rock band to "pop-prog" rock. This news also hurts any chances of the band performing at the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame inductions (that is if they do get inducted). Most fans are dreaming from the line up of Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett, Mike Rutherford, Phil Collins, and Tony Banks to reunite. I can see if Peter and Phil shared vocals and the drummer could be some guy. Perhaps Chester Thompson, their touring drummer since 1978 (also known for drumming for Frank Zappa). We'll just have to wait and see.
I read about this on Comcast on Monday