Phil Collins wants to make it perfectly clear: He’s still living.
Collins, 68, shined during his successful “Not Dead Yet, Live!” tour, so he decided he wanted another round. His “Still Not Dead Yet, Live!” tour will visit Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth at 8 p.m. Sept. 28.
Since Collins – the legendary Genesis frontman and solo artist – can no longer drum as he used to due to a spinal cord injury, he’ll continue to let his son, Nicholas, handle percussion, just as he did in the previous tour.
The father and son will be joined on stage by guitarist Daryl Stuermer, keyboardist Brad Cole, bassist Leland Sklar, percussionist Richie Garcia, a four-piece horn section and backup vocalists.
Collins has been sticking to the same set list for most of his tour stops, making sure he plays all the hits from his catalogue that dates to the 1970s. Fans can expect a mix of his songs and ones made famous by Genesis. His 19-song set features “Another Day in Paradise,” “Throwing It All Away,” “Invisible Touch,” “Sussudio,” “Take Me Home,” “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven,” “Follow You Follow Me,” “Against All Odds” and of course, “In the Air Tonight.”
Collins announced his retirement in 2010 but changed his mind after playing a few songs at a fundraiser for his son’s school and another performance for his Little Dreams Foundation. In 2016, he promoted his tour by playing “In the Air Tonight” with the Roots on The Tonight Show.
“I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing,” Collins, who released a four-CD collection titled “Plays Well With Others” last September, told reporters.“It’s time to do it all again and I’m excited… it just feels right.”
But Collins isn’t the only big name playing the Infinite Energy Arena in the coming months.
Luis Miguel will play June 19, and Marco Antonio Solis will take the stage on Aug. 24, but perhaps the most intriguing is “An Evening with C.S. Lewis,” who wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
While C.S. Lewis died in 1963, he is brought to life by David Payne. The story centers on Lewis hosting a group of American writers at his home in England, where he discusses such topics as his friendship with J.R.R. Tolkien, how he nearly quit writing “The Chronicles of Narnia,” how he became a true Christian, and the love of his life, among other things that made him into one of literature’s most noted authors. He’ll perform three shows between June 21-22.
While Collins headlines September, a much younger act seizes the spotlight in August: Dude Perfect. The group, made up of Tyler Toney, Cody Jones, Garrett Hilbert and twins Coby and Cory Cotton, will perform the stunts that garnered it 70 million social media followers at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4.
The friends from Frisco, Texas, will perform many of their most popular stunts, with several lucky fans getting the chance to participate in their feats.
For a full listing of events and ticket prices, please visit infiniteenergycenter.com.