Phil Collins, the drummer and lead singer of Genesis, is one of the most well-known musicians in the world, having won eight Grammy awards. Along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, he is one of only three musicians who have sold more than 100 million records as a solo artist and as a member of a band.
Collins was born on January 30, 1951, in London, England, to artistic parents who instilled in him a passion for music.
Collins recalls his uncle making him a drum kit comprised of tambourines, triangles, cymbals, and toy drums when he was barely five years old. He told Interview Magazine, “The old cliché is, ‘Well, at least it will keep him quiet.”
He began performing in concerts at his parents’ boating club not long after.
“When I first started playing seriously, the English beat scene was just getting established, with bands like the Shadows and others. Collins said, “It was the very early 1960s.”
“I recall purchasing Please Please Me.” I used to turn up the volume on the record player and position my drums in front of a mirror so I wouldn’t have to look at what I was playing.
“I then went to an instructor to learn to read drum music when I was fourteen.” I figured that once this rock-and-roll thing was over, I’d have to find work in a dance band or in the orchestra pit. So I started to read drum music, but I quickly discovered that reading was nothing near as excellent as playing instinctively.”
Collin’s life was permanently transformed in the 1970s. He was already performing in a few bands when he came across an ad for a drummer from a band called Genesis. He made the decision to contact them, and the rest is history. During Collins’ early years with the Beatles, the trio released five albums with chart-topping songs.
Collins took over as the group’s main singer after the group’s founder and lead singer left. He was a singer as well as a drummer. He admitted that he didn’t feel at ease in his new job, but that he stepped in because the group couldn’t find a singer.
Collins had a successful solo career in addition to being a member of Genesis. With successes like In The Air Tonight, You Can’t Hurry Love, and I Don’t Care Anymore, he quickly established himself as one of the finest in the industry.
Collins said of his decision to leave Genesis and pursue a solo career, “Having been with Genesis for 25 years, I felt it was time to shift direction in my musical life.”
“Right now, it’ll be film music, a few jazz ventures, and, of course, my solo career.” I wish the Genesis people the best of luck in the future. We’re still the greatest of pals.”
He did, however, decide to rejoin the band in 2017. They launched a world tour, The Last Domino, last year, but had to postpone it because to the epidemic.
And, just as fans were getting excited to see the band on stage together, Collins did a BBC Breakfast interview that raised concerns about his health. Collins’ son Nicholas will play the drums, and Collins will simply sing, according to him and his bandmates.
“Nic is a fantastic drummer, but he has the ability to sound like early Phil Collins. “That was always fairly exciting for Mike and me,” Genesis band member Tony Banks stated.
“It means you can play some of the tunes you haven’t played in a long time with Phil as the drummer.”
“I’d want to, but you know, I can hardly hold a stick with this hand,” the artist explained when asked why he isn’t playing the drums. As a result, there are some physical obstacles to overcome.
“I’m a little physically handicapped, which is quite disappointing because I’d love to be up there with my son,” he says, adding that he’s not sure if he wants to continue touring.
“We’re all men our age, and I think it’s probably putting it to bed to some extent,” he remarked. “I don’t sure if I want to go out on the road anymore,” says the narrator.