Get well soon, Phil Collins!
The 66-year-old singer suffered a debilitating fall in his London hotel room last evening, a message posted to his official Facebook page on Thursday, June 8 revealed. “Phil suffers from ‘drop foot’ as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk,” the statement explained.
“He rose in the middle of the night to go to the toilet and slipped in his hotel room, hitting his head in the fall on a chair. He was taken to hospital where he had stitches for a severe gash on his head close to his eye and is recovering well. He will be kept under observation for 24 hours,” the message continued.
Phil performing in August 2016.
Following Phil’s unfortunate injury, his two sold-out London concerts — scheduled for Thursday, June 8 and Friday, June 9 — were canceled. The Royal Albert Hall shows have been rescheduled for Sunday, November 26, and Monday, November 27. Phil plans to continue his European tour in Cologne, Germany on Saturday, June 10.
“Phil sends his sincere apologies and thanks to fans. He has had a fantastic week at his first shows in 10 years, cannot thank people enough for their warm reaction and is excited to return,” the statement read.
After previously undergoing back surgery to repair a dislocated vertebrae in his neck, Phil revealed in September 2009 that he could no longer play the drums following the operation. “There isn’t any drama regarding my ‘disability’ and playing drums,” the singer said in a statement at the time.
Phil in October 2016.
“Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands. After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can’t function normally. I am not in any ‘distressed’ state, stuff happens in life,” he continued.
In 2015, Phil further confessed the back surgery and subsequent foot fractures have made it difficult for him to walk. “The back surgery I had was great — I mean, how good can surgery be? But it was problem-free. But then when I was recovering on crutches, I fell and fractured my foot,” he once said, according to People.
“When I recovered from foot surgery, I fell again and fractured another part of the same foot,” Phil continued. “My right foot now is completely numb.” We’re wishing you a speedy recovery from your fall, Phil!