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!
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