It has been several years in the making, but the US Open will debut its historic retractable roof over Arthur Ashe Stadium later this month. So it’s only fitting that a music legend who’s known for raising the roof will take center stage to christen the giant structure and kick off the final Grand Slam of the year.
Iconic pop-rock legend Phil Collins will make his first major public performance in six years when he headlines the Opening Night Ceremonies on Monday, Aug. 29.
The performance will be televised live by ESPN2 in the United States and by a host of international broadcasters around the world.
The seven-time Grammy Award-winner, best known for fronting 1980s English rock band Genesis, 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.”
The 65-year-old Oscar winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of only three recording artists – along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – to sell more than 100 million albums as a solo artist and as a member of a band. He is also an accomplished songwriter, producer, actor and Broadway composer whose music is instantaneously recognized around the world.
The Opening Night Ceremony will celebrate the new retractable roof, which contains more than 6,500 tons of steel, is the largest retractable roof in tennis and took three years to complete.
Prior to Collins’ performance, USTA President and US Open Chairwoman Katrina Adams, tennis icon Billie Jean King and other special guests will welcome the fans to this year’s US Open. Following his performance, a special rendition of the National Anthem will be sung by a performer to be named, and will be accompanied by the FDNY Color Guard and NYPD Honor Guard for the 15th consecutive year.
In the past, the star-studded ceremony has welcomed some of the biggest names in music, including Josh Groban (2015), Fitz & the Tantrums (2014), Lenny Kravitz (2013) and Jordin Sparks (2012).