What’s up Phil Collins? He’s back. – New York Times
The singer of the country hits that is Phil Collins is back, as the singer of The Color Purple is also making a comeback with a new album.
The Grammy-winning songwriter is touring the U.S. this week, performing his new song “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and opening for the group Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“It was the first time I’ve been able to do that since my early days,” Collins said at a press conference at the Staples Center on Wednesday.
The band’s new album, which is scheduled to be released on Oct. 16, features a guest appearance from the late country singer-songwriter Hank Williams Jr.
The album, Collins said, was inspired by his experiences living on the West Coast and how his experiences with cancer had affected his music.
“I wanted to do a new song because of the cancer, so I thought I would take the opportunity to make a song that is inspired by that,” Collins told The Associated Press.
“And the last time I made a song about cancer, I made the album ‘Ain’ Not No Mountain.”
Collins, who is battling multiple types of cancer, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma on Feb. 1.
He has been on a high-profile chemotherapy regimen for two years, and has lost almost all of his hair.
Collins told AP he’s been trying to figure out how to make the transition easier for his family.
“When I got cancer, it was kind of like a roller coaster ride,” Collins recalled.
“The cancer was a rollercoaster ride, but it was fun.
It was the greatest thing in the world.”
The Color Purple, which was formed in 1987 and won the Grammy for best country album in 1991, has played at the U, R, C and E Music Festivals in Las Vegas and Nashville.
The group will play at the 2017 Bridgestone Arena on Oct 18, in front of nearly 100,000 people in the U