Still alive, Phil Collins sets Quicken Loans Arena show for October

Phil Collins has a simple message for you: He’s not dead.

Not yet, anyway.

Collins, the one-time Genesis drummer who took over lead vocal duties from Peter Gabriel and has enjoyed a pile of hits both with that pro-rock outfit and as a solo artist, has announced a limited-engagement tour.

The name of this an-evening-with-Phil Collins excursion? “Phil Collins Not Dead Yet, Live!”

Can you feel it — the fact that Collins is not yet dead — coming in the air tonight?

(Oh, Lord.)

Kicking off May 5 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, the 15-show jaunt will bring Collins to Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 18.

There are some presale opportunities, but general ticket sales begin at 10 a.m. May 15. Get more information here.

A few of Collins’ best solo tracks include “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” “Take Me Home” and, of course, “In the Air Tonight.”

Now let’s all watch former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson enjoying the big drum break from that cut in the enduring 2009 comedy “The Hangover”:

Also, we should always remember that Collins is, perhaps weirdly, a buff when it comes to the history of The Alamo.

Stream of the week: Neil Young’s 1975 album “Tonight’s the Night” — inspired by the drug-related deaths of two men close to him — is a classic work. It is not surprising, then, that the recently released “Roxy — Tonight’s the Night Live,” is a completely engrossing affair. The live album was over a couple of nights in September 1973 when Young, backed by the Santa Monica Flyers, debuted the songs that would be on “Tonight’s the Night.” Songs including the title track, “Mellow My Mind,” “Albuquerque” and “New Mama” are just killer on this live album, as in the studio version.


Mark Meszoros long has loved the Phil Collins song “Strangers Like Me,” from the 1999 animated film “Tarzan,” and (mostly) doesn’t care who knows it. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: The Associated Press

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