Category: Music Artist

Phil Collins Cancels London Concerts After Hotel Fall

The legendary music career of Phil Collins has continued to evolve for more than four decades, beginning with his tenure with Genesis and continuing through a strong solo career. However, the 66-year-old singer-songwriter’s health is currently on the mend after he suffered what was described as a severe gash near his eye after he fell late Wednesday night.

 

Collins arose in the middle of the night in a hotel room to use the bathroom when he fell, with his head striking a nearby chair. The injury was severe enough for him to be briefly hospitalized and forced him to postpone scheduled concerts at Royal Albert Hall in London on both June 8 and 9.

 

Collins’ staff attributed the fall to a condition that afflicts Collins known as drop foot. The health problem is a complication of back surgery that left him with problems when it came to walking.

 

The postponement of the concerts was announced by Collins’ staff on the day of the first concert, with the two performances rescheduled for November 26 and 27. His staff made an effort to convey Collins’ regret in being forced to postpone the concerts.

 

Collins recently returned to performing in concert after being away for the last decade and will continue his tour of Europe on June 11, when he performs in Cologne. Following that concert, he’ll perform in Paris before again returning to London to play Hyde Park on June 30.

 

During Collins’ time away in what he had described as a retirement, he took time to release his autobiography. The book explored the rise of Genesis and the subsequent spawning of the solo career and the toll that constant touring and fame had taken on Collins’ family life.

 

That toll had included multiple failed marriages, substance abuse issues involving alcohol and a fractured relationship with his daughter, Lily. In the latter case, Lily Collins has carved out a prominent career of her own as an actress.

 

Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover Retires from Music

Rapper Childish Gambino shocked the crowd at his recent Governor’s Ball Music Festival performance by casually announcing his retirement from the hip-hop scene. The musician and actor, better known to some by his real name, Donald Glover, closed the show by telling the audience “You’re in my heart. I’ll see you for the last Gambino album.”

 

Glover confirmed the news at a promotional event for his two-time Golden Globe winning FX series, Atlanta. The actor and musician told the Huffington Post that he no longer felt his music career was “necessary.”

 

Glover’s rap persona was never meant to dominate his career. During a 2015 appearance on the Today show, he said, “I want to have periods in my life. I feel like Childish Gambino is a period that should come to a close. I like endings.” This also isn’t the first time Glover has shocked fans by suddenly walking away from a project. The actor famously retired from his lead role on the hit NBC comedy series Community during its fifth season, citing a desire to pursue work that offered him more independence and creative freedom.

 

Glover’s most recent album, the gold certified, Awaken, My Love!, marked a huge genre shift for the musician. Unlike his previous, largely rap-dominated releases, Awaken experimented with gospel, psychedelic rock, and funk. The album’s success may have played a part in Glover’s choice to retire from music. He told the Huffington Post “There’s only so far you can go before you just are the radio.”

 

Fortunately, while Glover’s rap stint is coming to a close, he still has a lively acting career. In addition to Atlanta, the actor is cast in the as-yet untitled Han Solo movie as the legendary Lando Calrissian. He is set to enter the Marvel Extended Universe franchise with an undisclosed role in 2017’s Spider-man: Homecoming. Donald will also be starring as Simba in the 2019 live-action remake of Disney’s classic, The Lion King.

 

Given the demands of his acting career, it’s understandable that he’d decide to step away from music. There’s also the possibility Glover could resurrect his Gambino persona eventually. Glover told the Huffington Post “You know, I like it when something’s good and when it comes back there’s a reason to come back, there’s a reason to do that.” His roles in the upcoming Star Wars film and Lion King remake show that he’s not adverse to projects that build on franchises fans assume had finished.

 

Singer Phil Collins Performances Rescheduled After Injury

Singer Phil Collins experienced a slip-and-fall injury that has altered his touring schedule. The 66-year old rock musician, known for the band “Genesis,” slipped in the bathroom and seriously injured his head. Collins’ press and management team gave a statement about the situation and how it will affect his fans.

 

The statement commented on how Collins experienced difficulty walking due from a case of “foot drop” incurred from having an operation performed on his back. Collins had slipped in his bathroom and hit his head against a chair hard enough to open up a gash near his ocular cavity and necessitating stitches. While Collins seems to be recovering well, he was kept under 24-hour observation. The medical shake-up was sufficient to force Collins to change a pair of Royal Albert Hall performances from June 8 and 9 to some time in late November. Collins apologized to his fans and thanked them for the warm reception during his first performance in a decade.

 

While the Royal Albert Hall performances were rescheduled for November, Collins’ “Not Dead Yet (Live)” tour is set to perform in Cologne, Germany’s Lanxess Arena on June 11th. Additionally, Collins will return to London for a June 30th concert to be held outdoors in Hyde Park. Tickets for the June 8th Royal Albert Hall performance will be honored on November 26th and the June 9th performance will be honored on November 27th.

 

Foot drop is a condition that results in the shortening of one leg, usually due to stroke, issues with the sciatic nerve, issues with the musculature of the rear lower leg, certain diseases, toxins or as a side effect from reconstructive work along the knee or hip region. Depending on the severity of the condition, foot drop can be temporary or an on-going ailment. The most notable issue with the condition is that the person may either have difficulty or an inability to lift his toes or foot below the ankle.