Watch Phil Collins Perform "In the Air Tonight" With a Bunch of Middle-Schoolers

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May 24 2014 11:56 AM

Phil Collins Performed "In the Air Tonight" With a Bunch of Middle-Schoolers

Phil Collins, best middle-school band singer of all time.

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Phil Collins, who officially retired from music in 2011, has made an unlikely return: the British icon recently sang some of his most popular hits with a middle-school band in Miami. Collins was in the city to be with two of his sons, who attend the local Miami Country Day school; he endearingly cops to being a bit nervous before delivering what's probably one of the more epic middle-school concerts in history.

Funnily enough, the set may be the first time Collins has performed "In the Air Tonight" in close to a decade. Recent spinal surgery has rendered him almost incapable of drumming, but his voice—elastic and crystal-clear—has thankfully endured.

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