Phil Collins has let fans in on how we can bring in the New Year with his classic In The Air Tonight drum kick as the clock strikes midnight.

What a gent.

The 66-year-old told Twitter followers: ‘If you play In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins on December 31st at 11:56:40 the drum break will play as the clock strikes midnight.’

Phil Collins lets fans in on how they can bring in the New Year with his classic drum kick
Phil Collins wants you to do 2018 the right way (Picture: Getty Images)

Obviously, the rock star wants us to see in 2018 properly as he added: ‘Start off your New Year right.’

If you play 'In The Air Tonight’ by Phil Collins on December 31st at 11:56:40 the drum break will play right as the clock strikes midnight. Start off your new year right.

— Phil Collins (@PhilCollinsFeed) December 21, 2017

The former Genesis drummer wrote the 1981 hit after splitting with first wife Andrea Bertorelli, and has been a hit for many generations, especially as the song and its epic drum break feature in Cadbury’s Dairy Milk’s 2007 TV ad.

The ad was made even more memorable as a gorilla appeared to play the famous drum break.


It’s great to see the singer in great spirits after he made a visit to a hospital in Newcastle hours before his UK show.

The London-born singer was admitted to Freemans Hospital in Newcastle on the night of 2 December but he reportedly only spent just over two hours there before he left to perform his show at the Newcastle Arena.

Sources claim that he arrived and left by Out Patients which was closed off as he was wheeled in a wheelchair.

‘I’m surprised the show is going ahead tonight because he really isn’t well,’ Phil’s driver told paparazzi before he drove the artist away.

Being the champ that he is, Phil later stunned fans with performances of his greatest hits, with many taking their joy to Twitter.

In June, Phil worried fans when he cancelled gigs after receiving a nasty gash on the head when he tripped on his way to his hotel bathroom; the two Royal Albert Hall dates were then rescheduled for November.

He was kept in hospital overnight for observation after he underwent surgery to the wound on his forehead.

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At the time of his accident, it was revealed on his Facebook page that he suffers from ‘drop foot’, which makes it difficult to walk and contributed to the mishap.

The musician returned to stage a week later following his injury, resuming his tour in Germany at the Lanxess arena in Cologne with a plaster on his head.

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