Skip to comments.Phil Collins: The Alamo and Beyond
Posted on 05/13/2012 12:19:49 PM PDT by Dysart
Phil Collins, the musician, is an avid collector of Alamo memorabilia.
Texas Monthly has written about Collins and his collection. And last week, as I was watching a music documentary on Nelflix about the making of Collins classic Face Value album (this is what I do at 3:30 a.m. when I cant sleep), I was struck by how uber-produced the album was, by how painstakingly thorough even anal Collins was when creating his first solo project. (I mean, hes a drummer who uses a drum machine.)
But I imagine he brings the same passion and attention to detail to his collecting. And now readers will get a chance to see his Alamo collection in Collins new (and first ) book: The Alamo and Beyond.
(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...
I think the lead singer of Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson, has also forged a productive life after rock. And also there's a former Doobie Bro member who dabbles in global security analysis. Clapton has done profound things with addiction treatment. There must be others. Happily they don't all die in their bathroom in a pile of their own vomit at 27, fortunately.
That’s a very nice collection.
Thanks for posting. It’s nice to hear about a celebrity who seems to value real American history, especially one from another country.
It shows the REAL America still speaks to folks, even over the sea.
Is he the guy who collects tanks? I think I saw him on a Military Channel program.
Began post from Startelgram and found a better article at Chron.com/didn't change link before submitting.
At one point one of the overhead speakers developed a bad ground, so while that was being fixed, he distracted the crowd with his Steve Martin "happy feet" imitation and cracked jokes. He called his drummer a hermaphrodite, and then said "My drummer is going to beat me up after the show." Funny guy.
I haven’t heard that. He was a commercial pilot (jumbo jet) for some British airway and is currently an Exec.
It might have been a different guy, but I’m pretty sure it was someone from Iron Maiden. An appropriate hobby for a heavy metal guy.
Nicely done. The video is definately better.
Phil was fantastic on drums, I’ve got early bootlegs from the ‘Selling England By the Pound’ era, very jazzy drumming for a prog band.
He also was in a band during that time called Brand X, which played more jazz-oriented rock.
He’s indeed talented. One of my favorite songs is “Paperlate,” and I am not certain of its meaning...where he was really going with it but...it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it. :) Maybe he was drawing a parallel betwixt a late newspaper and an opportunities taken or not taken, and missed. Consequences thereof. Or, rather, “Paperlate” as a metaphor for it. The best I can do.
“Paperlate” was a reference to a line in one Genesis’ early songs “Dancing With the Moonlit Knight”, there was a line that said, “Paperlate! Called a voice in the crowd...”
Phil was singing the word in the original demo for the song, and it just stuck.
And you know you’re a good drummer when none other than Robert Plant asks you to be the drummer for his first solo tour.
Do you remember what you recalled when you forgot to remember what I felt when you remembered? It’s time to forget.
But I like my interpretation so much better...
Collins was more into the rhythm of words as a writer, he always considered himself to be a drummer first. He didn’t even want to be the singer of Genesis, after Gabriel left.
“Face Value” is a pretty amazing album, considering that up to the point, he had written very few songs himself.
I do. But it’s over. Oh, it’s over.
just not a collins fan — Peter Gabriel was too much of the Genesis I dug (and I didn’t dig much). However, Joe Vitale (the drummer) raves about him; even cites him as a hero. I didn’t know he was in Brand X (are you sure?) but really liked their one hit, “The Streets of Soho.” You must be the guy that posted some time ago that they were more popular in the old country.
Texas Monthly is published by lefties who hate what Texas is.
They Pretend to portray Texas, but don’t.
The only place you see the Mag is in the Dr. or Dentist office and the Library. The Mag Sucks.
The beyond portion is important, beginning with The Battle of San Jacinto. The anniversary of that is still observed in TX annually. (April 21, 1836)
One of my ancestors was born in TX during the Republic of Texas. (the Republic existed March 2, 1836, to February 19, 1846)
“Texas is not where you were born but a State of Heart, Mind and Attitude.” ~Texas Fossil
And I think people should throttle back on the Collins hate-- he wrote and played some very good music. Yes, it would have been nice to forgo the likes of "Susstupidio," a number that slays me and always has...but I forgive him that transgression. If I can, others can as well.
Let us all be grapefruit for "In The Air Tonight" and "No Reply At All," et al.
Still a good song and hilarious video though.
I like Sussudio. Especially the extended jam versions.
Easy Lover is great too, imo.
Does anyone know if he has regained the ability to play?
In September 2009, it was reported that Collins could no longer play drums, due to a recent operation to repair dislocated vertebrae in his neck. A statement from Collins on the Genesis band website said, “There isn’t any drama regarding my ‘disability’ and playing drums. Somehow during the last Genesis tour I dislocated some vertebrae in my upper neck and that affected my hands. After a successful operation on my neck, my hands still can’t function normally. Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any ‘distressed’ state; stuff happens in life.”[
I recall in when Sussudio was popular he was axed about on MTV and he declared "it's about nothing," and laughed manically. I thought it was trash musically, and lyrically by his own admission it was pop nonsense.
My point is he was much better than that, jmo and tastes. No doubt, tho, those hits found an audience...
I think I was into electronic music around that time, and it stuck with me.
The Cadbury ad is funny.
That was smashing!