How Phil Collins left hand was damaged, and right foot — In his own words

Wikipedia says:

In April 2009, Collins had surgery to repair dislocated vertebrae in his upper neck, which arose while drumming on the 2007 Genesis tour. Following the operation, he lost feeling in his fingers and could only grip drum sticks if they were taped to his hands.[259]

But their link actually says:

https://web.archive.org/web/20091026045746/http://www.genesis-music.com/news/news.php?uid=466

10.09.09 Statement from Phil Collins

10 September 2009

In the UK press today, there appeared some articles about Phil’s physical state, with some slightly misleading headlines.  Here, in Phil’s own words, are how he describes his situation:

“There isn’t any drama regarding my ‘disability’ and playing drums.
Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands.  After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can’t function normally.

“Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano.  I am not in any ‘distressed’ state, stuff happens in life.”

At 21:00 in this interview, Phil says something happened to his hands during the Genesis reunion tour while playing an extended drum duet with Chester Thompson. “Something happened that night, and at that point it never came back. … I just couldn’t get any power with this [left] hand.

22:35 Regarding his foot, he says 60 years of drumming messed his back and hips up. He had back surgery to sort that out, but it left him with a ‘drop foot’: “doesn’t have any up and down, doesn’t have any feeling.”

So it looks like the surgery for the foot actually did cause the drop foot problem, but the neck surgery didn’t cause the hand problem.

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