Phil Collins’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London

I still can’t believe it, but… yes… I saw Phil Collins at the Royal Albert Hall, in London, on Monday.

When he announced that he’ll retire almost a decade ago, I thought I’ll never see him live on stage. Fortunately he changed his mind and came back with a tour, called “Not Dead Yet”.

I was so excited for the concert that I couldn’t wait for the first videos of the tour… but when I saw that he sits the full concert, I was a bit scared that I’d be disappointed with the whole thing, so I went to a concert without any special expectations.

When he came, slowly and surely, by using the walking stick, on the stage… and joked on his behalf, that he won’t be dancing (he explained that, after undergoing spine surgery, he unfortunately has problems with legs – in his words “his legs are f**cked”)… I knew that even if he’d be talking complete nonsense on the stage for 2 hours, I would be glad to see him.

After introductory words, he started the concert with a song “Against All Odds”… and “killed me” immediately at the beginning. Tears were falling down my cheeks. Namely, this is my favorite song from him. To be completely honest, he didn’t quite hit the right tone a couple of times. But it’s all forgiven. It’s Phil Collins, people.

He continued with hits like “Another Day in Paradise”, “One More Night”, “Separate Lives” (he sang it as a duet with one of his back vocalists), “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven”, etc. His excellent back vocalists took the lead in songs “Dance Into the Light” and “She’s An Easy Lover”… and turned a concert into a “small” party. Of course, the show couldn’t pass without “In The Air Tonight”. Unfortunately without his drumming… You know, one of the most famous drum solos of all time… Yeah, that. But his 16 year old son Nic was an excellent substitute. After all, he had a great teacher at home.

Concert came to an end after 2 hours (plus a 20 minute pause). He finished it with the song “Take Me Home”. I couldn’t hold it back anymore. I literally started to cry. I felt so lucky that I was finally able to see him (and on top of it, at the Royal Albert Hall! It doesn’t get any better than that!)… but sad at the same time for recognizing that it might be the first and at the same time the last time.

People enthusiastically applauded at the end. I’ve been to a lot of concerts, but I think I haven’t heard as intense applause as that one. Well deserved.

I have to say that, for me, this was definitely one of the most emotional concerts I’ve ever seen. I would go back in a heartbeat.

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2 Responses to Phil Collins’ concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London

  1. leslieleon says:

    Wow this looks like a wonderful time spent!

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