Phil Collins appeared frail as he arrived at a music studio in London to meet his Genesis bandmate Mike Rutherford.
The legendary hitmaker, 69, emerged from a car while using a stick for assistance before a number of aides outside helped navigate him into a wheelchair on Tuesday, in a sighting that comes after the iconic hitmaker underwent multiple back surgeries, which have left him struggling to stand.
Genesis have been throwing themselves into rehearsals, ahead of their first tour in 14 years, which comes amid Phil’s ongoing drama with ex-wife Orianne Cevey, 46, who tied the knot in a secret August wedding with her toyboy lover Thomas Bates, 30, and moved him into their Miami mansion.
The day before his weary entrance into the studio, Phil, who shares sons Nicholas, 19, and Matthew, 15, with Orianne, smiled as he rehearsed with Tony Banks and Mike, as they were pictured inside the studio.
Phil announced his comeback tour in October 2016 after coming out of retirement. The musical icon had planned to kick off his return with five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall with tickets for the shows selling out in 15 seconds. But following a fall on the way to the bathroom a year later, the British singer was forced to cancel.
A statement was released at the time, which read; ‘Phil suffers from “drop foot” as a result of a back operation which makes it difficult to walk.’ Since then his mobility and health problems have persisted.
Appearing extremely frail on Tuesday, he was clad in comfortable sportswear and a baseball cap as he was met with his bandmate, who helped him navigate his way into the studio.
Collins, Rutherford and Banks made up the band’s most successful and long-lasting line-up during the late 70s, 80s and early 90s. They announced they were reuniting in March. Genesis formed at Charterhouse School in Godalming, Surrey, in 1967.
They are one of the world’s best-selling groups, having sold more than 100 million records.
They also scored 21 UK Top 40 hits and six Number One albums, and released their last compilation back in 1997. Genesis last performed together in 2007, to mark their 40th anniversary. Phil has previously said he wouldn’t be able to drum for the band should they decide to reunite, insisting his son Nic would have to play in his place.
He told Rolling Stone: ‘I’m saying this to you… I haven’t really said it to Tony and Mike did mention to Tony very quietly if we did anything again it would be with Nic on drums. He kind of didn’t say no. But I’m not sure if he heard me or not.’