Phil Collins brings ‘Still Not Dead Yet Tour’ to Pittsburgh
British singer/musician Phil Collins has been making beautiful music for 50 years.
Just take a listen to his epic “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” his No. 1 hit from 1984 or “In the Air Tonight,” his first solo outing after his years as Genesis’ drummer and later the group’s lead vocalist (after the departure of Peter Gabriel in 1975).
Devoted fans who have admired him over the years for his talent and endurance can take solace in the title of his current tour: “Phil Collins: Still Not Dead Yet, Live!”
The tour reinforces his 2017 “The Not Dead Yet Tour,” which he named after his autobiography released in 2016. After performing throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and South America, he returns to the United States for another leg of the tour.
It’s not an extensive tour – only 15 dates – but it includes some high-profile venues, such as Madison Square Garden on Oct. 6-7, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 19 and Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 2.
Collins told Rolling Stone he was a bit apprehensive about the fact that — because of back surgery that left him with a paralyzed right foot — he remains seated during his concerts and mostly relies on his son, Nicholas Collins, to play drums.
“Actually, there was an English reviewer that pointed out there’s a kind of growing-old-gracefully thing to it,” he said. “I go onstage and I stay seated the whole night. The band picks up some of the slack in terms of the energy. It means that people are focused on the music and I am, too.”
The restriction hasn’t been a problem for him so far, he said.
“It’s been very positive, if anything. It’s kind of a little bit different to me, but it’s physically impossible for me to stand for 2½ hours without going through real pain. It’s all gone well.”
Collins shares the honor with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney of being one of only three recording artists having sold more than 100 million records worldwide in their solo and group careers. He’s also earned eight Grammys, two Golden Globes, six Brit awards, and Disney Legend and Academy Awards for his work in 1999 composing music for the Disney classic, “Tarzan.” The movie’s title song, “You’ll Be In My Heart,” won a Best Original Song Academy Award.
He’s also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis.
“I often get asked about my secret to success, and I still don’t really know,” Collins said. “I think it might be that I write songs that resonate with a lot of people. My songs are honest and from the heart, and I think people can tell that.”
His backup band will feature guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Richie Garcia and Nicholas Collins on drums.
While every concert can be different, here’s a set list of Collins’ performance at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, Poland on June 26:
“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”
“Another Day in Paradise”
“Hang in Long Enough”
“Don’t Lose My Number”
“Throwing It All Away” (Genesis song)
“Follow You Follow Me” (Genesis song)
“Who Said I Would”
“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” (Genesis song)
“Easy Lover” (Philip Bailey cover)
“Take Me Home”
Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.