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Stage Buzz: Phil Collins at United Center

| October 18, 2018

Phil Collins

Can you feel it coming in the air tonight? Phil Collins isn’t just “Not Dead Yet” as the cheeky name to his autobiography, and corresponding concert tour asserts, but he’s coming to the United Center on October 22 as a solo artist for the first time since 2004. That means mounds of hits in his own soulful pop sphere, plus the chance to recall what it sounded like when the veteran Genesis drummer stepped up to the microphone for the progressive/art rock innovators.

Speaking of those “Carpet Crawlers,” longtime guitarist (and our Wisconsin neighbor) Daryl Stuermer will be part of this exceptional band that also includes the headliner’s teenage son, Nicholas, keeping the beat. Together, they have the potential to slay tunes such as “Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now),” “Another Day In Paradise,” “Something Happened On The Way To Heaven,” “Easy Lover” and “Sussudio,” all of which can be found throughout Collins’ extensive “Take A Look At Me Now” reissue series, which finds each of his multi-platinum albums remastered with a disc of worthwhile bonus material.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is now 67 and doesn’t come around these parts all that often, making this latest Chicago stop all the more urgent. In other words, don’t miss the chance before retirement comes calling again and “Take Me Home” gets taken to the literal level.

Phil Collins appears at United Center ( on Monday, October 22.

-Andy Argyrakis

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