Philly to get two rare Phil Collins shows

Phil Collins is coming to town in June to play a rare two-nighter at the Electric Factory.

Collins recently announced his first album in eight years (Going Back, due in September) and a three-night New York engagement at the Roseland Ballroom.

The Electric Factory dates are June 20-21, the day before he starts the New York engagement. On June 17, he will receive the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Johnny Mercer Award.

Tickets will go on sale May 10 at electricfactory.info and ticketmaster.com.

It will be presented as an “old school” style, standing-room-only dance concert. Backing Collins will be an 18-piece ensemble including Motown session players (aka The Funk Brothers) bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette, who are also featured on the album. He'll also have his old sidemen Chester Thompson (drums), Daryl Stuermer (guitar), Lower Merion High grad Brad Cole (keyboards), and Leslie Smith (percussion), a five-member horn section, and six backing vocalists.

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