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Phil Collins cancels U.K. TV appearance due to illness

Published 08/11/2016

Phil Collins
Phil Collins

Phil Collins sent an apology video after pulling out of a scheduled appearance on British television show Lorraine.

Phil Collins was forced to cancel a U.K. TV appearance due to a mystery illness on Tuesday morning (08Nov16).

The In the Air Tonight singer was due to appear on British TV show Lorraine, which had been teased on Monday's (07Nov16) episode, but host Lorraine Kelly ended up having to issue an apology as Phil cancelled last minute.

However the musician did apologise for his absence in a video he shot in his own living room.

"Hello Lorraine," Phil told the camera. "I know you're not very happy probably because I should be there with you rather then be sitting here.

"I'm sorry I couldn't be there Lorraine, you know we go back a long way. I'll be there as soon as I can OK. Love to all and thanks a lot."

His cancellation came on the same day that the former Genesis star was confirmed as a headliner for 2017’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park (BST).

It was only recently that Phil announced a string of shows across Europe next year (17) as part of his Not Dead Yet tour, though BST on 30 June (17) will mark his biggest ever solo concert and his only U.K. and European festival performance of the year.

”The reaction from the British public has been overwhelming,” he said in a statement. “I can’t wait to play Hyde Park and see everyone there. I will be playing all of the songs that people love.”

He follows in the footsteps of former headliners including The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder and Blur, while the only other headliner confirmed for the 2017 festival is Green Day.

Phil, 65, announced his retirement in 2011, choosing to focus on his family but continue writing songs. However in 2015 he revealed he would return to the spotlight, with his Not Dead Yet tour taking him to London's Royal Albert Hall, the Lanxess Area in Cologne, Germany, and Paris’ AccorHotels Arena.

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