Some pretty vicious rumours have been flying around the Internet about Genesis drummer Phil Collins announcing that, due to a painful spinal injury, he will never play drums again. Well, we're here to bring a bit of hope to the legendary drummer's fans by saying this: don't listen to that nonsense.
As several UK publications have reported, including the Guardian, because of the position Collins drums in, his vertebrae have been crushing his spinal cord, leading him to now give up the drums for good. He can't even hold his drum sticks now, reports the Daily Mail.
However, a quick hop over to the news section of the Genesis site finds a statement from Collins that clarifies his current situation.
"There isn't any drama regarding my 'disability' and playing drums," Collins writes. "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.
"Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any 'distressed' state, stuff happens in life."
The statement on the Genesis site added that the headlines in the UK press were "slightly misleading," which is putting it mildly.
Collins's last solo album was 2002's Testify. He keeps busy touring with Genesis, who haven't released a studio album since 1997's ...Calling all Stations....