Phil Collins, the drummer and lead singer of Genesis, is one of the most well-known musicians globally, 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 a band member.
Collins was born on January 30, 1951, in London, England, to artistic parents who instilled 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 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 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 decided to contact them, and the rest is history. During Collins’ first years with the group, the group released five albums with chart-topping singles.
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 stepped in because the group couldn’t find a singer.
Collins had a tremendously successful solo career and was a member of Genesis. He quickly rose to prominence in the music industry thanks to hits like In The Air Tonight, You Can’t Hurry Love, and I Don’t Care Anymore.
“Having been with Genesis for 25 years, I felt it was time to change direction in my musical life,” Collins remarked when he chose to leave the band and pursue a solo career.
“Right now, it’ll be film music, a few jazz projects, and my solo career,” she says. I wish Genesis the best of luck in its future endeavors. “We’re still the closest of pals.”
He did, however, decide to rejoin the band in 2017. Last year, they launched a world tour, The Last Domino, but had to postpone it because of 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. According to him and his bandmates, Collins’ son Nicholas will play the drums, and Collins will sing.
“Nic is a fantastic drummer, but he can 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 with Phil as the drummer in a long time.”
“I’d want to, but 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,” he remarked. “I don’t sure if I want to go out on the road anymore,” says the narrator.
Collins has had some health challenges in recent years that have made it difficult to get back on his feet. In an interview with Billboard, he stated that surgery in 2009 left him with a displaced vertebra and nerve damage. He’d also broken his foot, making him feel like he was walking “on sticks.”