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Posted on 03/04/2011 5:43:45 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
PHIL Collins has quit music for good after developing hearing problems, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands from his 40-year career playing drums.
The Easy Lover hitmaker also thinks people are sick of him and his music.
Its a good time to stop, said the star, who has sold more than 150 million records.
I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: I cant be in the same business as this.
I dont really belong to that world and I dont think anyones going to miss me. Im much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely.
Im not worried about not being able to play the drums again, Im more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids.
Collins who is in a relationship with newsreader Dana Tyler and has been married three times, to Andrea Bertorelli, Jill Taverman and Orianne Cevey recently insisted he has no plans to ever tie the knot again.
Shes a very sweet girl, sweet lady but Im not going to get married again, he said. I think Im better off on my own.
Tip of the hat to you sir and good day! Job well done.
Ditto MFH. I think Phil Collins’ and Genesis’ music will stand the test of time, compared to the Lady CaCa’s and all the other flash in the pans who pass as “music” today.
Genesis - Tony Banks, Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Peter Gabriel.
Phil Collins calls time on music career
Phil Collins has indicated that he intends to end his rock career after learning that health problems will prevent him playing the drums again.
The 60-year-old star says he feels it is “a good time to stop” making music, adding: “I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me.”
He has hearing problems, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands, all brought on by a lifetime spent hunched behind a drum kit.
The songwriter also claims that listeners have grown “sick” of him and that there is no longer a place for him in the current music scene.
“I look at the MTV Music Awards and I think: ‘I can’t be in the same business as this’,” Collins says in an interview with FHM magazine.
“I don’t really belong to that world and I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me. I’m much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely.
“I’ll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn’t it?” Collins, who lives alone in Switzerland after divorcing his third wife in 2007, has enjoyed huge popularity over 40 years as both a drummer and singer with the rock band Genesis and then as one of the biggest-earning solo artists of all time.
He claims that it was this success and the overplaying of his music which made people “want to strangle” him. “It’s hardly surprising that people grew to hate me. I’m sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn’t mean it to happen like that,” he says.
The star, who has sold more than 150 million records, says his main focus now is his two sons, Nicholas and Matthew, by his third wife Orianne Cevey. “I’m not worried about not being able to play the drums again, I’m more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids,” he says.
“My doctors tell me it’s a work in progress, that it will take about a year for me to recover.”
He said he has been told his hands are not strong enough to play the drums. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to do that again,” he said.
Collins once disclosed that the only way he could play was by taping his drumsticks to his hands.
The star, who has two children by previous marriages, joined Genesis in 1970 as drummer and later replaced Peter Gabriel as lead singer. In the 1980s he had hits such as In The Air Tonight, Against All Odds and Two Hearts, while continuing with Genesis.
He won an Oscar for his song You’ll Be in My Heart from the 1999 Disney animated film Tarzan, and seven Grammy Awards. His last album, Going Back, released last year, was a collection of Motown and soul classics and topped the British charts in September
Was just thinking about Phil Collins recently. Wondered what he had been up to...sorry to hear he is done. He is a brilliant talent.
I dont really belong to that world and I dont think anyones going to miss me.
I feel like that every day. But I’m not talking about music.
I know what he means. That's not music. "In the Air Tonight" is music.
Hopefully, this will mean that they can no longer play any of his music.
v good drummer - see Brand X - was a good voice-over with P Gabriel on Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. All that shmarmy ballad stuff was good for making $$ but having been part of one of the most amazing bands he is golden.
My favorite band was and is Genesis. He was amazing as a drummer and a singer.
I hate to admit it...someone gave me for Christmas his greatest hits CD years ago, and I didn’t trash it. Missed Again’ is still one of my fave songs, and is now in MP3 form on my Ipod.
Phil Collins also was featured on FR months ago...
He wanted to write a book about the Alamo and Texas because growing up he preferred American western stories more compelling than British stories.
He’ll pop in every now and then. Incredible career. He did it because he loves it.
I never was a big Collins or Genesis fan but I admire when someone is willing to admit that the biz has passed him by. You do wonder how much hearing loss these rock stars experience.
It's said that when the painter Renoir grew old, his hands were so crippled by arthritis that the only way he could paint was by taping the brushes to his hands.
One day a reporter asked the withered old man, "With such hands, how do you paint?"
Replied Renoir, "With my prick."
Genesis for the next generation ping. :)
I still remember seeing the very first episode of “Miami Vice” when they played “in the Air Tonight.” *chills* That was the first time a television show had used actual popular musical artists rather than cheezy scores.
I have always loved his voice and several of his songs bring me back to specific places and times of my life. He has definitely been a part of my personal soundtrack.
How nice when you can retire, after a sensational career, and relax, very classy, unlike certain other older rockers who go on after the hook should have come out and gotten them.
Enjoy your life, Phil!
Best of everything to him.
He’s made damn good music, and I liked him
in that movie he did, too!
Lordy! I’m getting choked up over this.
What a sap I am.
LOL! Another super rich & super talented SOB raking in millions while contemplating his umpteenth failed marriage is now suddenly realizing he is too old and no longer “degenerated” enough to compete with the new super talented & super rich dirt balls promoted on todays MTV. Don’t worry Phil... I can still separate your screwed up life with your awesome musical abilities and will continue to spin your records on my turntable... That’s right... I said RECORDS. *-)
I had selling England by the pound in my car MP3 collection. Laurie insisted I remove it.
She had a college room mate that drove her nuts with overplaying it. :(
I love Phil. Will never forget his amazing performance in a small 2000 seat college amplitheater. Truly an amazing talent.
Perhaps not the best drum solo of all time, but who hasn’t air-drummed that sequence.
Good for him. Everyone wants to walk away. Few do it.
Well, this sucks.
Wow. Fine run.
That’s for damn sure.
It does, but he’s left a legacy of great music.
I know some people didn’t like this song but it is a heck of a break up song
No single guy in the early 1980s went out on Saturday night without this song on a cassete tape at the ready in their glove box.
In the Air tonight LIVE- phil collins
My and my wife's wedding song: Follow you, follow me.
We'll be married 25 years this September.
Gawd, I just do NOT want to hear that song again!
That sequence in the pilot for Miami Vice is what turned me on to that song.
Another unemployed American on the dole!
My Phil Collins/Genesis Top Ten
1. Inside Out
2. No Reply At All
3. Me and Sarah Jane
5. I Wish It Would Rain Down
6. Take Me Home
7. No Son of Mine
8. Keep It Dark
9. Just A Job To Do
10. Fading Lights
A couple of hours ago for some reason I just put on the whole Wind and Wuthering album. My 12 year old had never heard such layered melodies and cadence, he thought it sounded like his scary dreams.
Sorry to see him go!
Phil Collins is an Illinois FREEPER!!
How do you retire from music? Heck, I even want some playing in the casket.
here it is
I saw him twice, one with Genesis, once solo.
What a great performer. Thanks, Phil.
one = once, idiot
one = once, idiot
Phil also guest starred in an episode of Miami Vice, (second season I think it was named ‘Phil the shill’ or something close to that). His roll was as a combination drug dealer and con man. His acting was not to bad at all either.
Stratocasters and Telecasters and .357’s... lol
Not funny really... it kinda sucks ( hearing loss/ tinitus ) oops, tinnitus... crap I can’t hear nor spell...
OK, all that being said, Mr. Collins is the ultimate percussionist, Nikko McBrain being second...
I thouroughly enjoyed the Genisis of the Post Gabriel years...
This is coming from a metal-headed, country pickin’ blues dude...
Rock on Phil, but, you’ll be back... You’ll never get out of this world alive...
It appears it was used again in another episode..
He's also one of the finest drummers I've ever seen. I'm glad I had the opportunity to see him perform live twice with Genesis.
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