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If it were for any other reason besides his health, we'd beg him to reconsider. As it stands, we understand why he is making this decision.
For decades, Phil Collins has been a driving force in the music community, but now it seems that he'll be stepping out of the spotlight for good. According to Phil, his doctors have advised him that his hands are too weak to play the drums and if he continues with his music, he may lose function in them all together.
Though the news was hard to hear, but the idea of being able to spend quality time with his two sons was the driving force behind Phil's decision to retire. He explains:
"I'm not worried about not being able to play the drums again, I'm more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids. My doctors tell me it's a work in progress, that it will take about a year for me to recover."
But even with recovery, Phil believes his hands will never be strong enough to play the drums again. In fact, he reveals for the last several years, he's had to tape his drumsticks to his hands just to be able to play.
Sad, but considering how dedicated he is to his craft, we imagine it was worth it to him.
We think its smart of him to leave his rocking days behind him, at least for the next year to let his hands recover. The future may bring him a solution that'll give him back his music, but for now, he seems to be happy in different aspects of his life.
Good for him!
[Image via WENN.]