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Phil Collins to play Prague’s O2 Arena in 2019

Prague, Czech Republic – Phil Collins has embarked on a world tour and will be performing in Prague’s O2 Arena on June 25, 2019.

Tickets ranging from 2.190 to 3.990 crowns go on sale for the general public today at 10 am, announced Petr Novak from the organising agency Live Nation.

The former Genesis frontman announced in 2012 that he was retiring. However, with the release of his autobiography “Not Dead Yet: The Memoir” in 2016, Collins announced an upcoming world tour, emphasizing both his solo career and hits from the Genesis years. He’s already performed in several parts of his native UK, Western Europe, as well as North and South America. He’s also due to hold concerts in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

“I thought I would retire quietly, but thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists, I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing”, he said during the tour’s announcement. “I changed my mind. I’m living with my young kids and they want me to go out on the road, do some new things, and there’s no reason why not”.

Concentrating on vocals, Collins is touring with his son Nicholas (drums), Leland Sklar (bass) and two long-time associates of his: Daryl Stuermer (lead guitar) and Ronnie Caryl (rhythm guitar). Collins has already performed four times in Prague since 1997, with his last appearance in the Czech capital city dating back to 2007.

One of the most successful pop singers of the 80’s and beyond, Phil Collins started as a child actor/singer, appearing in the London production of Oliver! in 1964. In 1970, he became the replacement drummer for the British art rock band Genesis while maintaining a separate jazz career with the Brand X band. He quickly moved to become the lead singer and frontman of Genesis and released his debut solo album in 1981, Face Value. This included one of his biggest hits, In The Air Tonight, which became number two hit in the UK and made the top 20 in the US.

For many years, he pursued his solo career as well as his participation to Genesis, before leaving the band in 1995. He spent some time out of the spotlight in the early 2000’s and came back on stage a few years ago.

During his solo career, he sold more than 150 million records. He received an Oscar for Best Original Song in 2000 for “You’ll Be in My Heart” for the Tarzan soundtrack, two Golden Globes, eight Grammy Awards and six Brit Awards, among others.

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