Phil Collins to kick off 2016 U.S. Open by singing 'In the Air Tonight'

By Karen Butler  |  Aug. 10, 2016 at 7:36 AM
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- British pop-music icon Phil Collins is to perform at his first major event in six years at the opening night ceremonies for the 2016 U.S. Open.

The U.S. Tennis Association said Collins will sing on the evening of Aug. 29 in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. His performance will be televised live by ESPN2 in the United States and by other broadcasters around the world.

"The opening night ceremony will celebrate the new retractable roof built over Arthur Ashe Stadium that will be operational for the first time in 2016," a press release said. "The massive structure, which contains more than 6,500 tons of steel, is the largest retractable roof in tennis and took three years to complete. For the ceremony, the Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer will perform his debut solo single, 'In the Air Tonight,' which is the opening track on his forthcoming album, 'The Singles,' to be released in October, along with the publication of his autobiography, Not Dead Yet."

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