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Phil Collins Unable To Drum Again?

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Now that Phil Collins is suffering from severe nerve damage, it's made it impossible to even pick up his drum sticks. The singer/musician talks to Rolling Stone about the future of his music career.

Here are some HIGHlights:

On not being able to play:
“The first time I picked up the drum sticks after my neck surgery, they flew across the room because I couldn’t grip them. When I play, I’ve had to tape the sticks to my hand. It’s like wearing a condom. It’s very strange. It really cramps your style.”

On the severity of the nerve damage:
“I can’t let go of the spoon or the knife when I eat. I can’t open a car door. I won’t get gruesome with you, but there’s a lot of things I can’t do. I’m left handed. I’m having an operation soon and there’s a good chance of it improving over time.”

On a Genesis reunion:
“My hands are way down to picking the order of that possibility. Three years ago I didn’t know I’d be in this position and three years from now it may not be like this. I think the main thing is Peter’s schedule and the speed he works anyways."

On being one of the few progressive rock bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
“Whoever is deciding these things, obviously they change. Now there’s obviously a couple of people there saying ‘Guys we’ve ignored all this other stuff’ which is why you’ve got Abba and the Hollies and us. Very diverse. Jimmy Cliff is somewhere in there. Much more diverse than just rock & roll I think this year. ”

He's a trooper! We're sure he'll come back better than ever!

[Image via WENN.]

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21 comments to “Phil Collins Unable To Drum Again?”

  1. 1

    Nerve damage is rarely reversible. Don't be so "happy, happy, yay!!!", Perez. This guy is screwed.

  2. 2

    Old, old news!!! douche

  3. 3

    Now? Have you been waiting for him to get nerve damage?

  4. 4

    This is old news!!!! By the way Phil is a legend!!! Love him.

  5. 5

    I was fortunate enough to see Phil in concert during his "First Final Farewell" tour. Phil has more talent in his baby finger then most have in an entire body. Now that he will probably never drum again, I'm so glad I got to see him in person drumming his heart out in Toronto, On.

    Butch, yes, it came out awhile ago, but he (Phil) has just recently spoken about his injury and current damage so it is a current event… sticks and stones… Guess your Mommy never taught you that name calling isn't nice. No reply necessary, that would just be troll behavior.

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  7. 7

    I would really suggest that anyone who hasn't check out the early Genesis stuff when Peter Gabriel was still with them. Amazing shit! Phil was actually an amazing drummer. There was a lot more to Genesis than the pop rock band they became towards the end of their run.

  8. 8

    The worlds biggest prick!!!!

  9. 9

    Tragic shame.

  10. 10

    That is tragic. Phil is a brilliant musician.

  11. 11

    I'd wipe his butt for 50,000 a year, as would virtually *anybody* living in Michigan right now…

  12. 12


    Were those the same hands that emailed his ex-wife his request for a divorce??

  13. 13

    "It’s like wearing a condom. It’s very strange. It really cramps your style.”

    hmm interesting…

  14. 14

    can he still wack-off?

  15. 15

    Wow. That's a drag. I have nerve damage in my hands, and I can relate to what he says about fine-motor things like eating, opening a car door, it's so frustrating. I can't make jewelery any longer. It's sad to give up the things that used to bring joy, but it also makes one count their blessings. And, no, I doubt he can whack off anymore. Lucky we have PEOPLE for that! I challenge Phil Collins to an arm-wrestling match!

  16. 16

    As someone who suffers from nerve damage I can understand what he is going through. God willing there is improvement in his condition. I must admit that his description of what he can't do with his hands made me wonder on how he urinates. Since he can't grab on to things I'm curious as to how he urinates, he probably has to sit. Good luck to him.

  17. 17

    this is soo old perez. its a shame though, this man is brilliant.

  18. 18

    gabriel made phil. if it wasn't for peter, phil would never have gotten noticed. i wish they would bury the hatchet for me, Their FAN….. what about me peter & phil? i bought all the early genesis lps (forget the pop crap of the 80" & 90's), worship the ground old genesis with peter had cleared. please just get back together for one more tour. please…….

    Watch this video on you tube…Suppers Ready!!

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    Rehab's a tough road, but it's a gift because it forces you to open your eyes to other interests. He'll probably get almost all of it back, but it will probably take longer than he expects. Nerves take a while to heal.

  20. 20

    Re: hitler666 – bury what hatchet? Peter and Phil are the closest of friends; Phil stood up for Peter as best man when he remarried.

  21. 21

    thank god. now stop singing and stop producing records. this old twat needs to disappear.