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Phil Collins Announces One Show, But No Tour

While saying he misses performing, Phil Collins on Friday afternoon scoffed at the notion of launching a world tour: “I would say returning to performing is a possibility, but a world tour? Please …” said Collins, who lives in Miami. “I miss it quite a bit, and my kids would love it, but I’m not going to commit myself." 

A scruffy and limping Collins did talk up one concert – the only one on his calendar — during a short press conference at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. It’s his "Dreaming on the Beach" benefit gala March 11 at the Fillmore Theater in Miami Beach.

Collins was the drummer and lead singer for Genesis before going solo in the 1980s, charting with such songs as "In the Air Tonight," "Against All Odds," "Sussudio," and "Another Day in Paradise."  Now 65, he stopped touring in 2011 but recently has hinted about a return.

Collins noted that his lifetime of drumming has wreaked havoc on his body. Collins has never fully recovered from vertebra surgery in 2009 that has limited his left (dominant) hand, curtailing his drumming. Then he had back surgery last year, and his right foot is still in a plastic brace.

He said his foot felt "numb" but otherwise, “I feel fine… I lost some years in the bottle, but other than that…” said Collins, who says he developed a drinking problem in the late 2000s but hasn’t had a sip since 2012.

Collins, a five-time Grammy Award winner, is cofounder of the Little Dreams Foundation, which he and his wife, Orianne, established in 2000. Collins says the mission is to fulfill the dreams of young aspiring talent without the means to achieve their goals in music, art and sports.

The Seminole Hard Rock donated $10,000 to the cause on Friday, and boxer Evander Holyfield also appeared.

Collins’ 45-minute set has been billed as "acoustic" but said he plans on plugged-in backup from his children.

Lou Gramm, Alvaro Soler, Diego Torres, and DJ Irie also will perform at 8 p.m. March 11 at the Fillmore. Tickets are $153.75 to $378.75 Go to
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