Singer Phil Collins was forced to complete his recently packed-out show sat down, after sustaining an injury last year.
The In the Air singer was performing to sell out crowds in Puerto Rico, but had to finish off his hits from a chair due to debilitating health. Last year, Collins was performing in London when he had a severe fall in his hotel room.
Collins was rushed to hospital after falling whilst heading to the bathroom in the middle of the night. According to the singer’s Facebook page “He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours.”
“Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans,” the post continues to say. “He has had a fantastic week at his first shows in 10 years, cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return.”
Due to the injury, Collins had to cancel two concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. The performances were rearranged and only four days after the fall, Collins was back on the road in Colne, Germany to continue his Not Dead Yet tour.
Collins’ fall was due to him suffering from ‘drop foot’ as a result from a back operation, which makes it difficult for him to walk. Drop foot is a gait abnormality in which the dropping of the forefoot happens due to weakness, irritation or damage to the common fibular nerve.
Collins is currently on the South American leg of his Not Dead Yet tour, which was nearly put in jeopardy when Collins was detained at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao International Airport before being let into the country.
He was detained for three hours due to issues with his visa. The star would usually be used to the VIP treatment whilst travelling around the world, but officials held Collins after discovering that he didn’t have a work visa to perform in the country.
Collins announced his comeback tour in October of 2016 after coming out of retirement. Tickets for the first shows at the Royal Albert Hall sold out within fifteen seconds.
After his back surgery in 2015, Collins said, “I don’t know if I’ll ever be fit enough to play the drums again on tour. My left arm has changed – it’s a neural thing. The back surgery I had was great – I mean, how good can surgery be? But it was problem-free. But then when I was recovering on crutches, I fell and fractured my foot. When I recovered from foot surgery, I fell again and fractured another part of the same foot. My right foot now is completely numb.”
Collins’ most recent concert in Puerto Rico had to be rescheduled to the arrival or Hurricane Maria. He finished the gig sat down due to all the complications he has suffered as a result of the back injury and his drop foot.
Here’s hoping Collins recovers enough to ditch the chair for the remainder of his tour.