Phil Collins officially kicked off his comeback Friday night as the singer returned to the stage for his first solo concert in nearly six years at the Dreaming On The Beach benefit concert at Miami’s Fillmore.
Collins’ seven-song set featured his hits “Another Day in Paradise,” “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” “In the Air Tonight,” “Easy Lover,” “Take Me Home” and two covers to close out his live return, the Temptations’ “My Girl” and Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
Collins’ performance came 15 months after the singer’s original comeback gig at the charity event in December 2014 was canceled at the last minute, with Collins citing illness and a poor soundcheck for the scuttled appearance. Proceeds from the annual benefit concert go towards the Little Dreams Foundation, a charity founded by Collins’ ex-wife, Orianne Cevey, although the pair have reportedly reconciled. Earlier in 2014, Collins sang two of his songs with students from the Miami Country Day School.
“I’m no longer officially retired. The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go,” Collins told Rolling Stone in October. “My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road. They love my music and I’d like to take them out so they can enjoy it.”