Art Basel Miami Beach

Phil Collins Cancels Comeback Concert at Little Dreams Gala During Art Basel Miami Beach

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Before her ex-husband took the stage, Collins-Mejjati said, "He had been at the doctor all day."

Later, Collins himself added, "We tried to do it, but my voice sounded bad at rehearsal. And at soundcheck, it sounded worse."

(Media was not allowed to photograph or video Collins' appearance.)

Addressing the crowd, he did not look to be in good health and seemed genuinely remorseful. So there were no boos, but a few scattered shouts of "We love you, Phil."

To which he remarked, "Usually when something like this happens half the people say, 'We love you, Phil' while the other half say, 'fuck you.'"

As Collins continued to address the crowd he seemed to realize, "It sounds like I could sing, but you wouldn't enjoy it." Which had people yelling, "Yes, we would." But his mind was made.

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David Rolland is a freelance music writer for Miami New Times. His novels, The End of the Century and Yo-Yo, are available at many fine booksellers.
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