When Phil Collins Opened His 1st U.S. Tour in 12 Years

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Phil Collins, on opening night of his North American tour, Oct. 5, 2018

On May 7, 2018, Phil Collins revealed that his Not Dead Yet, Live tour would be coming to North America for the first time in 12 years. Five months later, the tour began October 5 in Sunrise, Fla., near Ft. Lauderdale. (The veteran musician began his comeback on June 2, 2017, in the U.K. but after just four dates, he suffered a serious fall in his London hotel room. Since then, he also did shows in Europe and South America, and then in Australia and New Zealand in 2019.)

Collins, born January 30, 1951, has had back surgery as well as hip issues in recent years and at this point drummed only sparingly. (He sat throughout most of these performances.) His band includes his son, Nic, on drums, as well as the veteran bassist Leland Sklar.

The Oct. 5 opening night setlist at the BB&T Center leaned leaning heavily on the musician’s extensive (and hugely successful) solo career–which earned him seven U.S. #1 singles–plus a handful of Genesis hits, among the evening’s 20 songs.

Watch him sing “I Missed Again”

“About three or four hundred years ago, I was in a band called Genesis,” Collins said, to big applause. “We’re great friends, we just don’t work in the same office anymore.”

Watch “Throwing it All Away”

As we know now, Genesis held a reunion tour in 2021-2022.

Watch him perform a Genesis favorite

Watch the drum trio featuring Nic Collins, followed by “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven”

Nic Collins will be joining Mike Rutherford on Mike + the Mechanics’ 2023 tour.

Following a lengthy intro, the band performed “In the Air Tonight,” from Collins’ breakthrough solo album.

Watch “Easy Lover”

Phil Collins, October 5, 2018, BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla., Setlist

Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)
Another Day in Paradise
I Missed Again
Hang in Long Enough
Throwing it All Away
Follow You Follow Me
Can’t Turn Back the Years
Who Said I Would
Separate Lives
You’ll Be in My Heart
Something Happened on the Way to Heaven
You Know What I Mean
In the Air Tonight
You Can’t Hurry Love
Dance Into the Light
Invisible Touch
Easy Lover

Take Me Home

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