A year after announcing that he was coming out of retirement, veteran rocker Phil Collins has released details of a series of comeback tour dates in Europe.

Collins enjoyed decades of success as drummer and singer with prog rock band Genesis, who later reinvented themselves as middle-aged pop stars, and he also enjoyed a hugely popular solo career.

The now 65-year-old will play a five-night residency at London's Royal Albert Hall next June, followed by similar five-night stints in both Paris and Cologne.

Collins announced his retirement back in 2011, after nerve damage left him unable to play the drums, but revealed last year that he planned to go on tour. Now, he's made good on that promise.

And although he has recovered some dexterity, Collins said he was unlikely to sit behind the drum kit on the new tour. "I think I'll be just singing," he said. "I don't think I'll ever be able to play the way I used to."

He said his 15-year-old son, Nicholas, would fill in for him on drums during the tour. "Nicholas is in the learning stage, and he's already a fantastic drummer," he said.

Last year Collins made a tentative return to the stage at a one-off show for his Little Dreams Foundation, at which Nicholas played drums "and all the band were very impressed".

The star also sang two of his hits at the opening of the US Open tennis in New York in August. "I thought I would retire quietly," Collins said.

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"But thanks to the fans, my family and support from some extraordinary artists I have rediscovered my passion for music and performing.

"I changed my mind. I'm living with my young kids and they want me to go out on the road, do some new things, and there's no reason why not."

This comeback tour will be called Not Dead Yet Live, a clear cross-promotion of his autobiography, Not Dead Yet, which is released this week.

Collins enjoyed more UK top 40 singles than any other artist of the 1980s.

He made his solo debut with his 1981 album Face Value, which included the hit single In the Air Tonight. His other hits include Easy Lover, You Can't Hurry Love, One More Night, Sussudio and Another Day in Paradise.

"People tend to think of me as shiny BMW music," he said at a press conference announcing the tour. "That's a misconception."