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Formerly retired Phil Collins says he's working on a new album and planning a tour

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Phil Collins loves Motown, the Alamo and plans a comeback in the coming year

OKLAHOMA CITY – Back in 2010, I wrote a review covering new albums from heritage artists including Eric Clapton (Clapton), Neil Young (Le Noise), The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz (King For A Day) and Phil Collins (Going Back).

All four albums received good grades, with Young’s Le Noise getting a “B,” and Clapton getting a B+. I really enjoyed Dolenz’s album as well, handing it an “A-.” The guy still has a great and distinctive voice.

But it was Phil Collins’s Motown covers collection (the Genesis singer/drummer has always been a sucker for the Motown material – and can you blame him?) Going Back is an absolute blast to listen to and for all intents and purposes was likely Phil Collins’s last album, due to his retirement in the wake of serious health problems, which included him no longer being able to play drums.

But there is an update for all you Phil-heads out there. Here we are five years after Going Back was released and Phil Collins just did an interview with Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene (following serious back surgery) telling him that he is “no longer officially retired” and that “the horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go.”

This is wonderful news, and a little surreal when you think back to 1985, when the album No Jacket Required was all over the place and Collins was making guest appearances on Miami Vice (and who can forget his Live Aid  appearances that year - on two continents on the same day and squeezing in an ill-fated set on drums, playing with a reunited Led Zeppelin?).

The man was the second-biggest pop star of the Reagan era (behind Michael Jackson), selling 150 million albums as a solo artist. Note that that does not include his work with Genesis and who can forget what a monster album Invisible Touch was when it was released in 1986? It was difficult to avoid Phil in those days. 

The much-derided and much-maligned 80’s-era pop star – yes, he was overexposed, but does not lessen his broad contributions to popular music from the mid-1970’s to the 2000’s – will come back in 2016, from the look of it. This will please longtime fans and annoy the army of Phil haters out there. Who cares? As long as we get to hear "In the Air Tonight," "Against All Odds" and even "Sussudio," well, I'll be pretty happy. 

Yes, Collins was in a particularly dark place after his diagnosis of back and hip problems and problems holding his drum sticks due to nerve damage.

Also, Collins, a fan of Davy Crockett as a child, is unusually obsessed with the Alamo, collecting many Alamo-related artifacts over the years and writing The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey. And then there's the whole ghostly and "orb"-witnessing weirdness of Collins's Alamo interests. More on that here.

Collins also told Rolling Stone that he is planning a tour, which will include his old pal Leland Sklar on bass and Jason Bonham on drums. Also, now that he has a home in Miami, he has a stu-stu-studio there and will begin recording new material next month. As for a Genesis reunion, Collins is not committing to it, particularly when there is talk of having Peter Gabriel return to the line-up. Who knows? Crazier things have happened. This is Phil Collins, after all. 

And to coincide with this return to music, two of his solo albums are being reissued in January 2016 after being remixed. They include his 1981 solo debut Face Value and 1993’s Both Sides. The other solo albums will also eventually be reissued. 

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that "Fables of the 46" cartoonist Brad Gregg is working on a panel involving Phil Collins and the ghost of Davy Crockett, who will represent Texas as they cross the good ship Oklahoma somewhere out there on the high seas of hilarity! Stay tuned! 

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