As he prepares to head back on tour, albeit for a short time, this year after some debilitating health issues, Phil Collins is reportedly taking extraordinary measures to make sure he's fit for action.
The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that the singer-drummer is undergoing "controversial" electroshock therapy treatments to neutralize problems in his spine, arm and neck. Collins, suffering from repetitive strain disorders caused by years of playing and performing, has been recovering from back surgery in 2015 and tells us his recovery will take a lot of hard work:
"I've got to go in and do some training. I've got to go back to physiotherapy 'cause I had back surgery a year ago and it's left my right foot numb...It's nerve damage, so the nerves have to regenerate from my ankle up until my back. So it's been a year and there's not too much progress but I'm getting used to it, and that's a danger sign 'cause you don't know what's progress and what is getting used to it. So I'm doing aqua therapy and I'm going to be back to physiotherapy as well. Otherwise I'm OK -- apart from the hand which is, of course, the drumming thing, but that's better than it was so it's just a little bit of head down and steaming [ahead.]"
Collins has 17 shows booked starting June 4 in London and including stops in Paris, Dublin and Cologne, Germany.
Collins' band for the tour will feature his 14-year-old son Nicholas on drums and Leland Sklar on bass. He recently published an autobiography, Not Dead Yet -- The Memoir.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.