By Shannon Carlin
Phil Collins doesn’t want to play Coachella. Mostly, because he’s not exactly sure what it is.
Since 2011, loyal Collins fans have been petitioning to get their favorite singer on the bill of the Indio, California fest. But at the premiere of the Carole King musical, Beautiful on Sunday night (Jan. 12) the “In the Air Tonight” singer admitted to Vulture that he wasn’t privy of the petition or the festival itself. “I don’t know it,” he told the publication.
After Vulture briefly explained what Coachella is to Collins, the singer said he wasn’t interested in playing the festival anytime soon. But as Justin Bieber so wisely said, never say never.
“If ever I come back and do shows, I’ll be thinking about it, rehearsing for it,” Collins explained. “A festival is not the place to go for my first show after I’ve been out for a while.”
In 2011, Collins told FHM Magazine (via Time) that he was retiring from music due to health problems, which included hearing loss, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands. Collins did tour the country in 2012, but it was in support of his book, The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey, which took a closer look at his impressive collection of Alamo artifacts.
Though Collins will not be playing Coachella this year, fans —who managed to help the 2014 sell out in record time—will get to see Arcade Fire, Muse and a reunited Outkast, who just announced they’ll be playing 40 festivals over the course of this summer including New York’s Governors Ball.
See what our resident two millenials had to say about the Collins-less lineup here.