Phil Collins suffers stage fall on Not Dead Yet tour after being pictured in wheelchair

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
Phil Collins now performs sitting in a chair because he suffers from debilitating back pain (Getty Images)

Phil Collins has suffered a fall on stage in North Carolina just a day after being pictured looking frail in a wheelchair.

The 68-year-old Against All Odds singer, who as a result of debilitating back pain can only walk short distances and uses a stick, is on his Not Dead Yet tour of the US, in which he performs sitting on a chair.

Collins was watching his 18-year-old son Nicholas perform a drum solo on stage in Charlotte on Sunday night as he walked to a chair on the side of stage, sat down – and then fell backwards.

Video footage posted on the celebrity news website TMZ.com shows the former Genesis star falling backwards as he sits down in the chair, while shocked members of the audience can be heard screaming.

Several crew members rushed to Collins’ aid and two helped him back up to a seated position. The show went on, and further video footage online sees the singer playing a lively hand drum solo of his own from his seated position.

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Just one day earlier the In The Air Tonight star was pictured by Splash News looking frail as he was pushed in a wheelchair from his car to his hotel in Atlanta.

Collins has had multiple surgeries on his back, causing him to suffer from “drop foot”, which means one foot drags, making it difficult to walk. He also suffers a nerve condition that means he can no longer hold drumsticks.

Phil Collins has walked with a stick for several years due to back pain. (PA)

The singer announced he was coming out of retirement in October 2016 and was originally due to launch his comeback world tour with five nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, tickets for which sold out in 15 seconds.

But in June 2017, following a fall on the way to the bathroom, Collins was forced to cancel two of the shows and reschedule them for November 2017.

Collins is due to play a further 10 shows as part of his current tour, which ends in Las Vegas on 19 October.