Legend Phil Collins’ hasn’t gotten a nice welcome down under. The reviewer of his first Perth (Western Australia) show since 1995 was not happy with him appearing on stage with a walking cane and chair.
Simon Collins, no relation, says…
“Phil, who turns 68 on January 30, spluttered into 1984 power ballad Against All Odds on a swivel chair resembling one on which someone of his vintage might perch at the pokies.
The bald, bespectacled singer benefited greatly from his backing singers, and his 17-year-old son Nicholas — a chip off the old block on drums — significantly lowered the average age of the band”
And how is this for a kick in the guts sign of from Simon
“Lucky Phil is not dead yet, but someone might want to check for a pulse”
The singer was detained last year at Rio de Janeiro’s Galeao International Airport due to issues with his work visa. He announced a comeback tour in October 2016 after coming out of retirement but following a fall, the British singer was forced to reschedule them.
The singer has performed a number of shows from his chair, including his British Summertime Festival set in Hyde Park last June.
During his series of 2007 shows, Phil dislocated a vertebra in his neck, undergoing years of surgery, electroshock therapy, water therapy and physiotherapy to sort it out.
He spoke about his problems with alcohol at a press conference to announce his return to the spotlight, revealing he was no stranger to drinking bottles of vodka for breakfast.
PERTH SET LIST
- Against All Odds
- 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
- Inside Out
- Who Said I Would
- Separate Lives
- 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
Read the full review here
And watch Phil in action in Perth below