Phil Collins Comes Out of Retirement for Middle School Show

Phil Collins; Collins performs at school (Photos: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty, YouTube)

Phil Collins has not performed a live show since 2010, but the Genesis frontman recently returned to the stage… to perform with a middle school band.

The 63-year-old singer, who announced his retirement due to health issues in 2011, made a surprise appearance at the Miami Country Day School’s spring music concert, where he performed “In the Air Tonight” and “Land of Confusion” with his son’s band.

“I was nervous, because I’ve been doing this all my life, but it’s still, ‘How good could it be? How good could it be tonight?'” Collins said after taking the stage. “And all of these kids came up to me yesterday and were very, very pleasant, very, very nice, very polite, and they all made me feel like part of the band. I even dressed in black and white. They’re a bunch of great kids, and they’re sounding very good tonight.”

Collins reportedly gave the performance at the request of his 13-year-old son Nicholas, who accompanied his dad on the drums at the concert. Nicholas, who is one of the singer’s two children with third wife Orianne Cevey, also presented his dad with a document making him an honorary member of the Miami Country Day Radio Ensemble.

Check out the full video of Collins’ performance below:

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