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Phil Collins’ fans rejoice: Artist announces end of retirement

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LOS ANGELES — Phil Collins wants you to take a look at him now. He’s back from retirement.

“The horse is out of the stable and I’m raring to go,” Collins told Rolling Stone.

The magazine says the singer of “Against All Odds” and “You Can’t Hurry Love” is ramping up for a new solo album and a comeback tour.

Social media lit up with the news.

“Phil Collins is going back in the stu-stu-studio!” tweeted Jyn Yates.

Comedian Dane Cook joined in the fun from his Twitter account.

“I’m happy to hear Phil Collins is out of retirement. So many great hit songs. That’s just news that makes you feel all sussidio inside.”

Back on the road

The 64-year-old pop star is recovering from major back surgery from all those years of beating the drums so don’t hold your breath for any major touring.

“I don’t think I want a very long tour,” Collins said. “But I would like to play the stadiums in Australia and the Far East, and that’s the only way to do that.

“But there’s a part of me that just wants to do theaters, so we’ll see.”

The news comes as Collins prepares to reissue his solo albums. Remastered deluxe versions of his solo debut “Face Value” from 1981 and 1993’s “Both Sides” will come out in January.

Retirement over

When we last heard from Collins in early 2011, he was calling it quits to devote more time to his family and be a full-time father to his two young sons.

“My kids are now 10 and 14 and they want to see what their dad does,” Collins said. “They were in nappies (diapers) when I was last on the road. They love my music and I’d like to take them out so they can enjoy it.”

What about a Genesis reunion? Don’t get ahead of yourself.

“Let’s start with this [solo] bit first,” he said. “I love the guys. I would just prefer to do this first. For now, let’s just see how this goes.”