Fans Launch Petition War Over Phil Collins Comeback

7 November 2015 | 9:10 am | Staff Writer

Phil clearly has a loyal fan base.

Love him or hate him, it seems everyone has an opinion on UK artist Phil Collin's decision to come out of retirement for a new album and comeback tour.

So much so, that the 64-year-old singer's announcement last week caused such a wave of both excitement and anger with fans that counter-petitions have been launched over the news. 

A petition has been launched with the title 'Phil Collins Must Be Stopped' and within 10 days, almost 2.400 signatures have been signed to prevent Collins from making a comeback. 

"There is far too much suffering in the world as it is," the petition reads.

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"This must be stopped."

Subsequently, two new petitions have been kicked off by fans rallying against the hate-on-Collins bandwagon, which has even been given the hashtag, #BringBackCollins. 

The first petition supporting Collins' comeback launched just days ago and titled 'Phil Collins Must Stay' reads, "Phil Collins has announced he is 'no longer in retirement'. Let's welcome him back! Furthermore, the petition to stop Phil Collins must be stopped."

Soon after an additional pro-Collins-comeback petition was launched under the name 'Phil Collins Must Be Encouraged', which also calls out the initial campaign. 

"You oughta know by now that it's not too late to stop this madness. So please, sign this petition so that we can ensure another day in paradise," it reads.

"Yours truly, A guy who named his car after Phil Collins."

Meanwhile, Collins will release remastered versions of eight studio albums this month and pending its success, will commence writing new music before announcing tour plans.