Phil Collins
English musician
Phil Collins
Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins, RVO is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor best known as a drummer and vocalist for English progressive rock group Genesis and as a solo artist. Collins sang the lead vocals on several chart hits in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis.
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Trump's Inauguration, the Musicians and the Boycott Question
Huffington Post - 2 months
Does it make sense to boycott musicians? There are, after all, many forms of boycotts. When I was young I really enjoyed the music of Phil Collins. I really loved listening to his songs, which were played often on my favorite radio stations. One day, however, my mother declared that we would no longer listen to any Phil Collins music because he was an ardent supporter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and was a virulently anti-Israel. I remember feeling confused as I respected my mother for taking a stand, but I also didn't see the harm in listening to a Genesis song on the radio. It wasn't like I was supporting him by buying his cassette tape (it was the early 1980s) or buying his concert tickets. Nevertheless, for many years thereafter I refrained from listening to Phil Collins music even if such a boycott didn't make sense. These days, there is still a lot of discussion when it comes to boycotting certain musicians. The most common example is Roger Waters of Pink Fl ...
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'Rules Don't Apply' To Warren Beatty
Huffington Post - 3 months
Rules Don't Apply is Warren Beatty's first major motion picture in 15 years, but definitely worth the wait. Warren Beatty's film debut in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass, made him a star in his 20's. Now, his new film which opened Thanksgiving weekend, Rules Don't Apply, has shades of Splendor inside out. Both films deal with young love struggling with the strictures of strong religious upbringings.The difference is that in Splendor the guy doesn't get the girl at the end. Whereas in Rules, the guy does. But not telling which guy. You have to see the movie to find out. More Splendor comparisons. Singer Phil Collins daughter, Lilly Collins, is a Natalie Wood lookalike. Alden Ehrenreich comes across as a young Beatty. The two have great chemistry and Beatty, the director, is able to elicit strong performances from them both. Director Beatty, despite his reputed insistence on many takes, is often able to bring out the best in actors. Their performances in his f ...
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Rodney Cromwell's Uplifting Synth Pop
Huffington Post - 3 months
I was glad to receive some upbeat music in the face of the present moment's constant, relentless stream of bad news. "Rodney Cromwell" aka Adam Creswell created a tight group of retro synth-pop songs which slapped a smile on my face, despite all the anxiety pressing down upon humanity. This music feels like a necessary antidote, a placebo perhaps, but I don't care. I'm glad to be smothered in joyful synth-pop, and I imagine you will be too. His new lo-fi disco laments are joyfully simple and painfully funny. 'Fax Message Breakup' EP released last week, following up his debut 'Age of Anxiety' LP and 'Black Dog' EP. He reveals the inspiration behind five key tracks from his output here: Barry Was an Arms Dealer (from the album 'Age of Anxiety') Inspired by a friend who suffered from severe paranoid delusions. His delusions were not of 'reds under the bed' but more the sort of far-left paranoid assertions that if you are not growing your own organic mung beans, doin ...
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Audiobooks: Phil Collins Wants You to Know He Isn’t Dead Yet
NYTimes - 3 months
Phil Collins is candid about the ups and downs in his new memoir, “Not Dead Yet.”
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Bridge of Words
Huffington Post - 4 months
By Esther Schor On the muggy July afternoon when I visited the Okopowa Street Cemetery, the dead Jews who'd slept on while the Nazis packed their descendants into cattle cars bound for Treblinka were still asleep. After hours tracking the contours of the Ghetto behind a detachment of Israeli soldiers, I was relieved to be among the lush ferns, rusted grilles, and mossy stones. Here and there, tipped and broken monuments had settled where they'd fallen among yellow wallflowers. In other sections, weeded, swept, and immaculately tended, huge monuments incised with Hebrew characters bore a heavy load of sculpted fruits, animals, priestly hands, and the tools of trades. The stones were cool to the touch, amid a musky odor of rotting leaves. Among the largest monuments in the cemetery—the baroque monument to the actor Ester Rachel Kamińska; the porphyry stone of writer I. L. Peretz; the ponderous granite tomb of Adam Czerniaków, who after pleading in vain for the lives of the Ghetto's ...
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Phil Collins Responds To Rumors He Divorced His Wife Via Fax Machine
Huffington Post - 4 months
It’s the stuff of music legend: After 10 years of marriage, Phil Collins reportedly asked second wife Jill Tavelman for a divorce via fax machine.  Did that really happen? In a new interview with ABC News to promote his memoir Not Dead Yet, Collins finally addressed the rumor about his 1994 split ― or “Faxgate” as he calls it. “[It] really hurt my career, or my public persona,” the 65-year-old musician said. “And it was based on an untruth... So, I just thought it would be an opportunity just to lay it all out, and if I say it didn’t happen, I’m trusting that people will believe me.” Collins ― whose daughter with Tavelman, Lily, is now an actress ― went on to marry Orianne Cevey, whom he met on tour in 1994 while she was working as a translator. The couple split in 2008, with Collins shelling out a reported $46.76 million in their divorce settlement, but they’ve since reconciled. In the new memoir, the former Genesis frontman opens up about his spotty record with marria ...
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Preview: Phil Collins on need to "correct things"
CBS News - 4 months
In “Sunday Morning” interview, music legend talks of new book “Not Dead Yet,” and addresses alcoholism that nearly killed him
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Songbird Carole Bayer Sager Reveals How Fears Gave Way To Music And Love
Huffington Post - 4 months
William Shakespeare once wrote "if music be the food of love, play on." Few contemporary songwriters have generated such a feast of delicacies as Carol Bayer Sager. She has whipped up unrequited love songs, sweeping ballads and generational anthems into a culinary cultural smorgasbord. Sager's five-decade songwriting career is among the most impressive in all of the music business. But after writing hit after hit, Sager's most recent offering is not a song at all. She has penned her memoir appropriately titled, They're Playing Our Song, an homage of sorts to her 1978 hit Broadway show title. The book is filled with intimate details about the inspirations behind many of her songs. It also includes funny and candid anecdotal stories about dating, plastic surgery and a steamy romantic liaison she had in the early 1990's with real estate mogul Richard Cohen. She says writing her story was difficult. The book took two years to complete. Now, at 69, she says she was finally ...
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Phil Collins returning to music stage with new shows - 4 months
LONDON (Reuters) - British musician Phil Collins is returning to the stage with his first set of live shows in nearly 10 years, saying his children helped him cut his retirement short.
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Phil Collins Is Very Much Alive
NYTimes - 6 months
This drummer and singer is returning to the spotlight — slowly — with a gig at the United States Open, a singles collection and a memoir, “Not Dead Yet,” this fall.
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Phil Collins announces new memoir 'Not Dead Yet'
Yahoo News - 8 months
British singer Phil Collins has announced the release date and title for his memoir reports Rolling Stone. Entitled "Not Yet Dead," the memoir will document Collins' life and career including his "three failed marriages, his alcoholism and his ill health," according to a statement, with the singer adding that, "Throughout [my life], there have been lots of highs, and more than a few lows.
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Nick Lachey Is The New Dave Grohl In Foo Fighters Breakup Spoof
Huffington Post - 12 months
Is it getting hot in here because it feels like 98 DEGREES. For a band that's been together more than 20 years, the Foo Fighters still seem to genuinely enjoy each other's company, despite the near constant breakup rumors that have plagued the group for years. To quell the whisperings of frontman Dave Grohl's discontent, the rock band released a breakup video spoof late Wednesday night, in which the other four members consider potential replacements for the vocalist, like Justin Bieber, Prince, Phil Collins and the natural choice, Nick Lachey.  In the seven-minute video billed as an "Official Band Announcement," Grohl, who recently wowed the Oscars audience with his rendition of "Blackbird" during the "In Memoriam" segment, expresses his desire to spread his wings and learn to fly (solo). As the band members catch wind of his intentions to break out on his own, they retaliate by inviting Lachey to sing the classic Foo Fighters hit "Everlong." Considering how terr ...
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Phil Collins Is Back With Ex-Wife After Massive Divorce Settlement
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Against all odds, Phil Collins has reunited with third wife Orianne Cevey eight years after paying her a reported $46.76 million divorce settlement. In a new interview with Billboard, the 65-year-old rocker opened up about his struggle with alcoholism (he's been sober for three years now) and finding his way back to Cevey, a jewelry designer with whom he shares two sons.  "[After the divorce], I'd wake up, turn the TV on and have a glass of wine. You look up at the end of the day and you've knocked off a couple of bottles -- and you're still sober!" he told the mag. "I spent way too much time horizontal. It started to be bad for my body. I almost died. My organs were beginning to shut down." These days, outside of recovering from a fractured foot, things are looking much better for the singer.  "I'm all right now. I bought [a house in Miami] about six months ago," he said. "I'm actually back with my third wife -- I haven't really talked about it. We've been together for a ...
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Notebook: Does Anybody Still Loathe Phil Collins? (Even ‘In the Air Tonight’?)
NYTimes - about 1 year
After decades spent as the target of jokes and sneers, the singer’s solo career — and the song that built his legacy — are getting fresh looks.
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Rihanna and Kanye, we need to hear more from you. Make it in 2016, please.
LATimes - about 1 year
From Adele returning from hiatus and destroying sales records to Phil Collins announcing he was out of retirement, 2015 was packed with comebacks. There was a stellar Janet Jackson album, and Missy Elliott resurfaced with one of the zaniest dance videos in ages. Sleater-Kinney reunited, as did...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Phil Collins
  • 2016
    Age 65
    In a 2016 interview in The Guardian, Collins stated that talking about politics to The Sun was one of his biggest regrets.
    More Details Hide Details When asked whether he had ever voted Conservative, he said: "I didn’t vote, actually. And that’s not something I’m proud of. I was just so busy that I rarely was here." Collins has a long-standing interest in the Alamo. He has collected hundreds of artefacts related to the famous 1836 battle in San Antonio, Texas, narrated a light and sound show about the Alamo, and has spoken at related events. His passion for the Battle of the Alamo has also led him to write the book The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector's Journey, ISBN 978-1-933337-50-0, published in 2012. A short film was released in 2013 called Phil Collins and the Wild Frontier which captures Collins on a book tour in June 2012. On 26 June 2014, a press conference was held from The Alamo, where Collins spoke, announcing that he was donating his entire collection to The Alamo via the State of Texas. On 11 March 2015, in honour of his donation, Collins was named an honorary Texan by the state legislature.
    He confirmed in a 2016 interview that he was still unable to drum with the left hand; however, he has also said that after a major back surgery, his doctor advised him that if he wanted to play the drums again, all he needed to do was practice as long as he took it step by step.
    More Details Hide Details Collins has received several honorary degrees in recognition of his work in music and his personal interests. In 1987 he received an honorary doctorate of fine arts at Fairleigh Dickinson University. In 1991 he received an honorary doctorate of music at the Berklee College of Music. On 12 May 2012 he received an honorary doctorate of history at the McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, for his research and collection of Texas Revolution artefacts and documents (see other interests section). Collins has often been mentioned erroneously in the British media as being a supporter of the Conservative Party and an opponent of the Labour Party. This derives from the famous article in The Sun, printed on the day of the 1992 UK general election, titled "If Kinnock wins today will the last person to leave Britain please turn out the lights", which stated that Collins was among several celebrities who were planning to leave Britain in the event of a Labour victory.
    Collins said that he plans to release an autobiography Not Dead Yet on 25 October 2016.
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    In January 2016, Collins said he was back with his third wife and they were living together in the house he had bought in Miami.
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  • 2015
    Age 64
    In 2015, Collins then moved to Miami (in a separate home, previously owned by Jennifer Lopez) to be closer to his family.
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    He revealed in 2015 that he hadn't consumed alcohol in three years.
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  • 2014
    Age 63
    In another conversation in 2014, Portnoy lauded his "amazing progressive drumming" back in the early and mid-1970s.
    More Details Hide Details Rush drummer Neil Peart praised his "beautiful drumming" and "lovely sound" on the 1973 Genesis album Selling England by the Pound, which he called "an enduring masterpiece of drumming". Marco Minnemann, drummer for artists including Joe Satriani and Steven Wilson, described Collins as "brilliant" for the way "he composes his parts, and the sounds he gets". He said, "Phil is almost like John Bonham to me. I hear his personality, his perspective." He singled out the drumming on "In the Air Tonight" as an example of "ten notes that everybody knows" and concluded "Phil is a insanely talented drummer". Modern Drummer readers voted for Collins every year between 1987 and 1991 as Pop/Mainstream Rock drummer of the year. In 2000, he was voted as Big Band drummer of the year. In 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    In 2014, readers of Rhythm voted Collins the fourth most influential progressive rock drummer for his work on the 1974 Genesis album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details MusicRadar named Collins one of the six pioneers of progressive rock drumming. In 2005, Planet Rock listeners voted Collins the fifth greatest rock drummer in history. Collins was ranked tenth in "The Greatest Drummers of All Time" list by Gigwise and number nine in a list of "The 20 greatest drummers of the last 25 years" by MusicRadar in 2010. Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins cites Collins as one of his drumming heroes. He said, "Collins is an incredible drummer. Anyone who wants to be good on the drums should check him out – the man is a master." In the April 2001 issue of Modern Drummer, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy named Collins in an interview when asked about drummers he was influenced by and had respect for.
    In August 2014, Collins was reported to have accepted an invitation to perform in December at a benefit concert in Miami in aid of his Little Dreams Foundation charity.
    More Details Hide Details He ultimately missed the concert due to illness. In May 2015 Collins signed a deal with Warner Music Group to remaster his eight solo albums with previously unreleased material. In October, he announced that he was no longer officially retired and is planning to tour and write a new album.
    In May 2014, Collins gave a live performance of "In the Air Tonight" and "Land of Confusion" with young student musicians at the Miami Country Day School in Miami, Florida.
    More Details Hide Details Collins was asked to perform there by his sons, who are students at the school.
    However, in September 2014, Collins revealed that the collaboration had ended and he said it had been "a bit of a non-starter".
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    On 24 January 2014, Collins announced in an interview with Inside South Florida that he was writing new compositions with fellow English singer Adele.
    More Details Hide Details Collins said he had no idea who Adele was when he learned she wanted to collaborate with him. He said "I wasn't actually too aware her. I live in a cave." Collins agreed to join her in the studio after hearing her voice. He said, "She achieved an incredible amount. I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she's done, too."
  • 2013
    Age 62
    Speaking to reporters in Miami, Florida in December 2013 at an event promoting his charity work, Collins indicated that he was writing music once again and might tour again.
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    In November 2013, Collins told German media that he was considering a return to music and speculated that this could mean further live shows with Genesis, stating: "Everything is possible.
    More Details Hide Details We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven't been there yet."
  • 2012
    Age 61
    In July 2012, Collins's greatest hits collection Hits re-entered the U.S. charts, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard 200.
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  • 2011
    Age 60
    On 4 March 2011, citing health problems and other concerns, Collins announced that he was taking time off from his career, prompting widespread reports of his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details On 7 March his UK representative told the press, "He is not, has no intention of, retiring." However, later that day, Collins posted a message to his fans on his own website, confirming his intention to retire to focus on his family life.
    As of January 2011, Collins has spent 1,730 weeks in the German music charts—766 weeks of them with Genesis albums and singles and 964 weeks with solo releases.
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  • 2010
    Age 59
    However, in 2010 Collins alluded to feelings of depression and low self-esteem in recent years, claiming in an interview that he had contemplated committing suicide, but he resisted for the sake of his children.
    More Details Hide Details In October 2014, Collins told John Wilson on BBC Radio 4's Front Row that he still could not play the drums; he said the problem was not arthritis but an undiagnosed nerve problem where he was unable to "grip the sticks".
    Collins also promoted Going Back with his first and only appearance on the BBC's foremost music series Later... with Jools Holland, broadcast on 17 September 2010.
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    These included a special programme, Phil Collins: One Night Only, aired ITV1 on 18 September 2010.
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    In summer 2010, Collins played six concerts with the music from Going Back.
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    In March 2010, Collins was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis at a ceremony in New York City.
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  • 2009
    Age 58
    In October 2009, it was reported that Collins was to record a Motown covers album.
    More Details Hide Details He told a German newspaper, "I want the songs to sound exactly like the originals", and that the album would feature up to 30 songs. In January 2010, Chester Thompson said that the album had been completed and would be released some time soon. He also revealed that Collins managed to play the drums on the album despite a spinal operation. Going Back was released on 13 September 2010, entering the UK charts at No. 4, rising to No. 1 the following week.
  • 2007
    Age 56
    From 2007 to 2015, Collins dated CBS 2 WCBS-TV news reporter Dana Tyler.
    More Details Hide Details Collins was estimated to have a fortune of £115 million in the Sunday Times Rich List of 2011, making him one of the 20 wealthiest people in the British music industry. In 2012 Collins was estimated to be the second wealthiest drummer in the world, beaten to first place by Ringo Starr. On 29 March 2000, Collins launched a case against two former musicians from his band to recoup £500,000 ($780,000) in royalties that were overpaid. Louis Satterfield, 62, and Rahmlee Davis, 51, claimed their contract entitled them to .5 per cent of the royalties from Serious Hits... Live!, a live album recorded during Collins's Seriously, Live! World Tour in 1990. Their claim was they were an integral part of the whole album, but Collins responded the two should only receive royalties from the five tracks in which they were involved. Instead of asking for a return of what Collins considered overpayment, he sought to recoup the funds by withholding future royalties to Satterfield and Davis.
    In 2007 they were honoured at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, performing "Turn It On Again", "No Son of Mine" and "Los Endos" at the ceremony in Las Vegas.
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  • 2006
    Age 55
    Collins reunited with Banks and Rutherford and announced Turn It On Again: The Tour on 7 November 2006, nearly 40 years after the band first formed.
    More Details Hide Details The tour took place during summer 2007, and played in twelve countries across Europe, followed by a second leg in North America. During the tour Genesis performed at the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium, London.
    In 2006, he worked with Disney on a musical production of Tarzan.
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  • 2004
    Age 53
    From June 2004 to November 2005, Collins performed his First Final Farewell Tour, a reference to the multiple farewell tours of other popular artists.
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  • 2003
    Age 52
    Disney hired Collins and Tina Turner to perform on the soundtrack to its 2003 animated feature Brother Bear, which included the song "Look Through My Eyes".
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  • 2002
    Age 51
    In November 2002 Collins released his seventh solo album, Testify.
    More Details Hide Details Metacritic's roundup of album reviews found this record to be the worst-reviewed album at the time of its release, though it has since been surpassed by three more recent releases. The album's single "Can't Stop Loving You" (a Leo Sayer cover) was a number-one Adult Contemporary hit. Testify sold 140,000 copies in the U.S. by year's end.
    In June 2002, he accepted an invitation to drum for the house band at the Party at the Palace event, a concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee.
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  • 2001
    Age 50
    In 2001, Collins was one of several celebrities who were tricked into appearing in a controversial British comedy series, Brass Eye, shown on public service broadcaster Channel 4.
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  • 2000
    Age 49
    Collins was portrayed in the cartoon South Park in the episode "Timmy 2000" holding his Oscar throughout, referring to his 1999 win for You'll Be in My Heart, which defeated "Blame Canada" from South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut.
    More Details Hide Details He was seen again in the episode "Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000". Collins appears briefly in the Finnish animated sitcom Pasila in the episode "Phil Collins Hangover". The music of this episode is a pastiche of Collins's Another Day in Paradise. Collins was mentioned in the Psych episode "Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered! " as resembling Shawn Spencer's father, Henry, portrayed by actor Corbin Bernsen. According to a 2000 BBC biography of Collins, "critics sneer at him" and "bad publicity also caused problems", which "damaged his public profile". Rock historian Martin C. Strong wrote that Collins "truly polarised opinion from the start, his ubiquitous smugness and increasingly sterile pop making him a favourite target for critics". During his recording career Collins would regularly place telephone calls to music writers to take issue with their written reviews. Over time, he came to be personally disliked; in 2009, journalist Mark Lawson told how Collins's media profile had shifted from "pop's Mr. Nice Guy, patron saint of ordinary blokes", to someone accused of "blandness, tax exile and ending a marriage by sending a fax". Collins has rejected accusations of tax avoidance, and, despite confirming that some of the divorce-related correspondence between him and second wife Jill Tavelman, was by fax (a message from Collins regarding access to their daughter was reproduced for the front cover of The Sun in 1993), he states that he did not terminate the marriage in that fashion.
    In 2000, Collins became partially deaf in one ear due to a viral infection.
    More Details Hide Details He contemplated ending his musical career at that point, citing the illness and critical reception to his albums. Medical treatment cured his deafness, however, and he continued his career.
  • 1999
    Age 48
    Collins was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on 16 June 1999.
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    Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey, a Swiss national, in 1999. They have two sons, Nicholas and Matthew. They bought Sir Jackie Stewart's former house located in Begnins, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva. Announcing their separation on 16 March 2006, they were divorced on 17 August 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Collins continued to live in Switzerland at the time, residing in Féchy, while he also maintained homes in New York City and Dersingham, Norfolk. In 2008, after his wife left him, she and the boys moved to Miami, leaving Collins devastated. He recalled: "I went through a few bits of darkness; drinking too much. I killed my hours watching TV and drinking, and it almost killed me."
    In 1999 Collins reunited with Genesis to re-record "The Carpet Crawlers" for the compilation album Turn It On Again: The Hits.
    More Details Hide Details Collins performed the soundtrack to the animated film Tarzan (1999) for The Walt Disney Company. The film's lead song, "You'll Be in My Heart", spent 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart—the longest time ever up to that point. Collins also sang German, Italian, Spanish and French versions of the Tarzan soundtrack for the respective film versions. The song won Collins an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award both for Best Original Song, and was performed at that year's ceremony and a Disney-themed Super Bowl halftime show.
  • 1998
    Age 47
    A compilation album Hits was released in 1998 and sold well, returning Collins to multi-platinum status in the U.S. The album's one new track, a cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit "True Colors", produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, received considerable airplay on U.S. Adult Contemporary stations while peaking at No. 2.
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    The Phil Collins Big Band completed a world tour in 1998 that included a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999 they released the CD A Hot Night in Paris including big band versions of "Invisible Touch", "Sussudio", and "The Los Endos Suite" from A Trick of the Tail.
  • 1997
    Age 46
    On 15 September 1997, Collins appeared at the Music for Montserrat concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
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  • 1996
    Age 45
    His sixth solo album, Dance into the Light, was released in October 1996.
    More Details Hide Details The album was received negatively by the music press and sold less than his previous albums. Entertainment Weekly reviewed by saying that "even Phil Collins must know that we all grew weary of Phil Collins". Singles from the album included the title track, which reached No. 9 in the UK, and The Beatles-inspired "It's in Your Eyes". The album achieved Gold certification in the US.
    Collins left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career.
    More Details Hide Details He formed The Phil Collins Big Band with himself on drums. The band performed jazz renditions of songs from Genesis and his solo career.
  • 1995
    Age 44
    In 1995, Collins turned down the chance to contribute to Tower of Song, an album of covers of Leonard Cohen songs, due to his touring commitments.
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  • 1993
    Age 42
    Collins co-wrote, sang and played on "Hero" on Thousand Roads by David Crosby. Collins's record sales began to drop with the 1993 release of Both Sides, a largely experimental album that, according to Collins, included songs that "were becoming so personal, so private, I didn't want anyone else's input".
    More Details Hide Details Featuring a less polished sound and fewer up-tempo songs than his previous albums, Both Sides was a significant departure. Collins used no backing musicians and he performed all the vocal and instrumental parts at his home studio, using rough vocal takes for the final product. The album was not as well received by radio. Its two biggest hits were "Both Sides of the Story" and "Everyday".
  • 1992
    Age 41
    Collins performed on their 1992 tour.
    More Details Hide Details At the 1993 American Music Awards, Genesis won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group.
  • 1991
    Age 40
    After a hiatus of five years, Genesis reconvened for the 1991 album release We Can't Dance, Collins's last studio album with the group to date.
    More Details Hide Details It features the singles "Jesus He Knows Me", "I Can't Dance", "No Son of Mine", and "Hold on My Heart".
  • 1989
    Age 38
    Collins also played drums on the 1989 Tears for Fears hit single, "Woman in Chains".
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    In November, Collins released But Seriously, which became another huge success, featuring as its lead single the anti-homelessness anthem "Another Day in Paradise", with David Crosby singing backing vocals. "Another Day in Paradise" reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts at the end of 1989, won Collins Best British Single at the Brit Awards in 1990, and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1991; it was also one of Germany's most successful singles of all time.
    More Details Hide Details It became the final U.S. number-one single of the 1980s. Despite its success, the song was also heavily criticised. It also became linked to allegations of hypocrisy made against Collins. But Seriously became the first number-one U.S. album of the 1990s and the best-selling album of 1990 in the UK. Other songs included "Something Happened on the Way to Heaven" (#4 U.S., #15 UK), "Do You Remember? " (not released in the UK, but #4 in the U.S.), and "I Wish It Would Rain Down" (the latter featuring Eric Clapton on guitar; #3 U.S., #7 UK). Songs about apartheid and homelessness demonstrated Collins's turn to political themes. A live album, Serious Hits... Live!, followed, which reached the top ten around the world. In September 1990 Collins performed "Sussudio" at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.
    In 1989, Collins worked on his fourth studio album But Seriously, and appeared on The Who Tour 1989, performing the role of young Tommy's wicked Uncle Ernie in a reprisal of the rock opera Tommy (a part originally played by their late drummer, Keith Moon).
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  • 1987
    Age 36
    Collins was one of the drummers, backing vocalists, and producers on Eric Clapton's 1987 album August.
    More Details Hide Details Collins's first film role since embarking on his music career came in 1988 with the British romantic comedy drama-crime film Buster. He starred as Buster Edwards, a criminal convicted for his role in the Great Train Robbery. Reviews for the film were mixed and controversy ensued over its subject matter; Prince Charles and Princess Diana declined an invitation to the film's première after it was accused of glorifying crime. However, Collins's performance opposite Julie Walters received good reviews and he contributed four songs to the film's soundtrack. His slow ballad rendition of "A Groovy Kind of Love", originally by The Mindbenders, became his only single to reach No. 1 in the UK and the U.S. The film also spawned the hit single "Two Hearts", which he co-wrote with Lamont Dozier; the two artists won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and receive an Oscar nomination in the same category. "Big Noise" and "Loco in Acapulco" were also by Collins and Dozier, the vocals for the latter were performed by The Four Tops. Film critic Roger Ebert said the role of Buster was "played with surprising effectiveness" by Collins, although the film's soundtrack proved more successful than the film.
  • 1986
    Age 35
    March 1986 saw the release of "No One Is to Blame", a hit single by Howard Jones which included Collins on drums, backing vocals, and co-production alongside Padgham.
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  • 1985
    Age 34
    In October 1985, Collins reunited with Banks and Rutherford to record the next Genesis album, Invisible Touch. Its title track was released as a single and reached No. 1 in the US, the only Genesis song to do so. The group received a Grammy Award (their only one) and a nomination for the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 1987 for the single "Land of Confusion" which featured puppet caricatures created by the British satirical team Spitting Image.
    More Details Hide Details The video was directed by Jim Yukich. Reviews of Invisible Touch were mixed and many comparisons were made with Collins's solo work, but Rolling Stones J. D. Considine praised the album's commercial appeal, stating, "every tune is carefully pruned so that each flourish delivers not an instrumental epiphany but a solid hook".
    The music press noted Collins's astronomical success as a solo artist had made him more popular than Genesis. Before the release of No Jacket Required, Collins insisted that he would not leave the band. "The next one to leave the band will finish it," Collins told Rolling Stone magazine in May 1985. "I feel happier with what we're doing now, because I feel it's closer to me.
    More Details Hide Details I won't be the one." Collins added, "Poor old Genesis does get in the way sometimes. I still won't leave the group, but I imagine it will end by mutual consent."
    In July 1985, Collins took part in the Live Aid concert charity event, a continuation of the fundraising effort started by Band Aid.
    More Details Hide Details Collins had the distinction of being the only performer to appear at the London concert at Wembley Stadium and the U.S. concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. After he performed "Against All Odds" and "In the Air Tonight" and sang alongside Sting, Collins travelled to Philadelphia via Concorde to perform his solo material, play drums for Clapton, and drum with Plant and Jimmy Page for a Led Zeppelin reunion. The latter performance was poorly received and later disowned by the band; Page claimed Collins had not learned his parts for the set. Collins responded that the band "weren't very good", felt uncomfortable by a "dribbling" Page, and continued with the set rather than leave the stage to avoid negative attention.
    Collins had three U.S. number-one songs in 1985, the most by any artist that year.
    More Details Hide Details No Jacket Required won three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. No Jacket Required was criticised for being "too commercial", despite favourable reviews from many music critics. A positive review by David Fricke of Rolling Stone ended, "After years on the art-rock fringe, Collins has established himself firmly in the middle of the road. Perhaps he should consider testing himself and his new fans's expectations next time around." "Sussudio" attracted negative attention for sounding too similar to Prince's "1999", a charge that Collins did not deny, and its hook line has been named as the most widely disliked element of his career. In 1986, No Jacket Required earned Collins the first two of his six Brit Awards for Best British Male and Best British Album.
    Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified No Jacket Required, in February 1985.
    More Details Hide Details It reached No. 1 in both the UK and U.S. It contained the U.S. number-one hits "One More Night" and "Sussudio" as well top ten hits "Don't Lose My Number" and "Take Me Home". It also contains the lesser known "Who Said I Would", and "Only You Know and I Know". The album featured contributions from The Police's vocalist, Sting, ex-bandmate Peter Gabriel, and Helen Terry as backing vocalists. He also recorded the successful song "Separate Lives", a duet with Marilyn Martin for the film White Nights (1985), and a U.S. #1, for the movie White Nights.
  • 1984
    Age 33
    They were married from 1984 to 1996.
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    Set in 1984, he appears in three missions in which the main character, Victor, must save him from a gang that is trying to kill him, the final mission occurring during his concert, where the player must defend the scaffolding against saboteurs while Collins is performing "In the Air Tonight".
    More Details Hide Details After this, the player is given the opportunity to watch this performance of "In the Air Tonight" for only 6,000 dollars in the game. "In the Air Tonight" was also featured in the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories and it was also featured in the film Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, the 2009 movie The Hangover and the 2007 Gorilla commercial for Cadbury's Dairy Milk chocolate. The advertisement also helped the song re-enter the New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart at No. 3 in July 2008, the following week reaching No. 1, beating its original 1981 No. 6 peak. "In the Air Tonight" was also sampled in the song "I Can Feel It" on Sean Kingston's self-titled debut album.
    Collins produced and played drums on several tracks on Behind the Sun by Eric Clapton and, in November 1984, took part in the all-star choir for the Band Aid single "Do They Know It's Christmas?
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    1984 also saw Collins contribute to the production on Chinese Wall, the third solo album from Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Philip Bailey, which included a duet from the two musicians, "Easy Lover".
    More Details Hide Details The song went to No. 1 in the UK.
    In 1984, Collins released "Against All Odds", the main theme for the Against All Odds (1984) which was produced by Arif Mardin, one of the few songs from Collins that he did not produce himself.
    More Details Hide Details The single, more pop-oriented and commercially accessible, became Collins's first single of his solo career to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and to earn him his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Collins had arranged his tour to accommodate the possibility of appearing on the telecast in the event his song was nominated for an Oscar. It is believed that the producers of that year's Academy Awards show were not aware of his prominence as a musical performer. A note to Collins's label from telecast co-producer Larry Gelbart explaining the lack of invitation stated, "Thank you for your note regarding Phil Cooper sic. I'm afraid the spots have already been filled". Collins instead watched actress and dancer Ann Reinking perform his song. Reinking's performance was described by one critic as an "absurdly inept rendition" of the song. The Los Angeles Times said: "Reinking did an incredible job of totally destroying a beautiful song. The best that can be said about her performance is that the stage set was nice." Collins would introduce it at subsequent concerts by saying: "I'm sorry Miss Ann Reinking couldn't be here tonight; I guess I just have to sing my own song."
  • 1983
    Age 32
    In May 1983, Collins recorded Genesis with Banks and Rutherford.
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  • 1982
    Age 31
    Collins supported the album with the Hello, I Must Be Going! tour of Europe and North America from November 1982 to February 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Following that, Collins played the drums on Plant's second solo album, The Principle of Moments, and produced and played on two tracks for Adam Ant, "Puss 'N' Boots" and "Strip".
    Collins's second solo album, Hello, I Must Be Going!, was released in November 1982.
    More Details Hide Details His marital problems continued to provide inspiration for his songs, including "I Don't Care Anymore" and "Do You Know, Do You Care". The album reached No. 2 in the UK and No. 8 in the U.S., where it sold 3 million copies. Its second single, a cover of "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes, became Collins's first UK No. 1 single and went to No. 10 in the US.
    In October 1982, Collins took part in the one off Genesis reunion concert 'Six of the Best' which marked the return Gabriel on lead vocals and Hackett on guitar.
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    In early 1982, Collins produced and played on Something's Going On, the third solo album by Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA, followed by recording most of the drum tracks on Pictures at Eleven by Robert Plant.
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  • 1981
    Age 30
    Following an invitation by record producer Martin Lewis, Collins made his debut live performance as a solo artist at an Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman's Other Ball at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London, in September 1981.
    More Details Hide Details He performed "In the Air Tonight" and "The Roof Is Leaking" accompanied by Troy Street United. Collins produced and performed on Glorious Fool by John Martyn. In September 1981, Genesis released Abacab. This was followed by its 1981 supporting tour and a two-month tour in 1982 promoting the Genesis live album Three Sides Live.
  • 1980
    Age 29
    Collins produced the album in collaboration with Hugh Padgham, with whom he had worked on Peter Gabriel's 1980 studio album.
    More Details Hide Details Collins played keyboards and drums on Face Value. Upon its release, Face Value was an international success, reaching No. 1 in seven countries worldwide and No. 7 in the U.S. where it went on to sell 5 million copies. "In the Air Tonight", the album's lead single, became a hit and reached No. 2 in the UK. The song is known for the gated reverb effect used on Collins's drums, a technique developed by producer Hugh Padgham when he worked as an engineer on Peter Gabriel's song "Intruder", which Collins played drums on.
    After Banks and Rutherford rejoined with Collins, work began on Duke, released in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details The dominant theme running through Collins's early solo recordings, though never specifically mentioned, was the acrimonious breakdown of his first marriage. Two songs he wrote on Duke, "Please Don't Ask", and the U.S. top 20 hit "Misunderstanding", dealt with his failed relationships. Face Value was released in February 1981. It features a rework of "Behind the Lines" from Duke with a more funk and dance-oriented style. Collins cited his divorce as his main influence. Regarding Face Value, he says, "I had a wife, two children, two dogs, and the next day I didn't have anything. So a lot of these songs were written because I was going through these emotional changes."
  • 1979
    Age 28
    In April 1979, Collins returned to the UK after his attempt to save his marriage had failed.
    More Details Hide Details By that time, Banks and Rutherford were recording their solo albums. With time to spare before recording a new Genesis album, Collins played on the Brand X album Product and its accompanying tour, playing on John Martyn's album Grace and Danger, and started writing his first solo album, Face Value, at his home in Shalford, Surrey.
  • 1978
    Age 27
    In December 1978, Genesis began a period of inactivity as Collins's marriage to his first wife was at risk of collapse after touring had made him frequently absent from her and their children.
    More Details Hide Details Collins travelled to Vancouver, Canada to try and rebuild the family, though he had no intention of leaving the band. "It was just that if I was going to be living in Vancouver then we'd have had to organise ourselves differently."
  • 1977
    Age 26
    In 1977, Collins, Banks, and Rutherford decided to continue Genesis as a trio.
    More Details Hide Details As the decade closed, Genesis began to shift from their progressive rock roots to a more accessible, radio-friendly pop-rock sound. The 1978 album And Then There Were Three featured their first UK Top 10 and U.S. Top 40 single, "Follow You Follow Me". In 1975 Collins played with several artists. He played the drums and sang on Hackett's first solo album, Voyage of the Acolyte; performed on Eno's albums Another Green World, Before and After Science, and Music for Films; and replaced drummer Phil Spinelli of the jazz fusion group Brand X before recording their 1976 debut album, Unorthodox Behaviour. Collins credits Brand X as his first use of a drum machine as well as his first use of a home 8-track tape machine. He then sang on Phillips's solo album, The Geese and the Ghost, and the second Brand X album, Moroccan Roll.
    Wind & Wuthering is the last album recorded with Hackett before his 1977 departure.
    More Details Hide Details Bruford was replaced by Chester Thompson, who became a mainstay of the band's live line-up, as well as Collins's solo back-up band, through the following decades.
  • 1976
    Age 25
    For the album's 1976 tour, Collins accepted an offer from former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford to play drums while Collins sang vocals.
    More Details Hide Details Following that, Collins played percussion Johnny the Fox by Thin Lizzy, though Brian Robertson or Brian Downey were unable to remember what songs he was featured.
  • 1975
    Age 24
    Collins has been married three times; each has ended in divorce. He married to Andrea Bertorelli from 1975 to 1980.
    More Details Hide Details They met as 11-year-old students in a London drama class, later dated, but her family moved to Canada when she was 18. The two reconnected when Genesis performed in Vancouver, and they married in England when both were 24. They had a son, Simon Collins, who became a vocalist and drummer with the band Sound of Contact. Collins adopted Bertorelli's daughter Joely, who became a Canadian actress and film producer. Collins met his second wife, U.S. citizen Jill Tavelman, in 1980.
    Collins has been championed by modern artists in diverse genres, including indie rock groups The 1975, Generationals, Neon Indian, Yeasayer, St. Lucia and Sleigh Bells, electronica artist Lorde, and soul singer Diane Birch, who said in 2014, "Collins walks a really fine line between being really cheesy and being really sophisticated.
    More Details Hide Details He can seem appalling, but at the same time, he has awesome production values and there's a particular richness to the sound. It's very proficient in the instrumentation and savvy about melodies." Genesis bandmate Mike Rutherford has praised Collins's personality, saying that "he always had a bloke-next-door, happy-go-lucky demeanour about him: let's have a drink in the pub, crack a joke, smoke a cigarette or a joint". He has been characterised by favourable critics as a "rock god", and an artist who has remained "down to earth". In The New Rolling Stone Album Guide, published in 2004, J. D. Considine wrote: "For a time, Phil Collins was nearly inescapable on the radio, and enormously popular with the listening public—something that made him an obvious target for critics. Despite his lumpen-pop appeal, however, Collins is an incisive songwriter and resourceful musician." Creation Records founder Alan McGee wrote in 2009 that there was a "non-ironic revival of Phil Collins" happening. According to McGee: "The kids don't care about 'indie cred' anymore. To them, a great pop song is just that: a great pop song. In this time of revivals, nothing is a sacred cow anymore, and that can only be a good thing for music." Commenting on Collins's popularity with hip-hop acts, he argued: "It's not surprising. Collins is a world-class drummer whose songs immediately lend themselves to being sampled."
  • 1974
    Age 23
    In 1974, during the recording of The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Collins played drums on Brian Eno's second album Taking Tiger Mountain after Eno had contributed electronic effects known as "Enossification" on "In the Cage" and "Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging".
    More Details Hide Details In August 1975, following the The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour, Gabriel left Genesis. Collins became lead vocalist during production of A Trick of the Tail after a lengthy search for Gabriel's replacement where he sang back-up with applicants that responded to a Melody Maker advert that attracted around 400 replies. A Trick of the Tail was a commercial and critical success for the band, reaching No. 3 in the UK and No. 31 in the U.S. Rolling Stone wrote, "Genesis has managed to turn the possible catastrophe of Gabriel's departure into their first broad-based American success."
  • 1973
    Age 22
    He sang "More Fool Me" on their 1973 album Selling England by the Pound.
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  • 1971
    Age 20
    His first album recorded with the band, Nursery Cryme, was recorded and released in 1971. "For Absent Friends", an acoustic track written by Collins and Hackett, is the first Genesis song with Collins on lead vocals.
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  • 1970
    Age 19
    From 1970 to 1975, Collins played the drums, percussion, and backing vocals on Genesis albums and live shows.
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    In August 1970, Collins became Genesis's new drummer.
    More Details Hide Details Caryl's audition was unsuccessful; guitarist Mike Rutherford thought he was not a good fit for the group (they selected Steve Hackett in January 1971).
  • 1951
    Age 0
    Philip David Charles Collins was born on 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, the son of Winifred M. "June" (née Strange), a theatrical agent, and Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent.
    More Details Hide Details He was given a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five. Later, his uncle made him a makeshift set that he used regularly. As Collins grew older, these were followed by more complete sets bought by his parents. He practiced by playing with music on the television and radio, but never learned to read and write conventional musical notation; instead, he used a system which he devised himself. According to Barbara Speake, founder of the eponymous stage school he later attended, Collins always had a rare ear for music: "Phil was always special; aged five he entered a Butlins talent contest singing Davy Crockett, but he stopped the orchestra halfway through to tell them they were in the wrong key." Collins studied drum rudiments as a teenager, first learning basic rudiments under Lloyd Ryan and later studying further under Frank King. Collins would recall: "Rudiments I found very, very helpful – much more helpful than anything else because they're used all the time. In any kind of funk or jazz drumming, the rudiments are always there." However, Collins regretted that he never mastered musical notation, saying: "I never really came to grips with the music. I should have stuck with it. I've always felt that if I could hum it, I could play it. For me, that was good enough, but that attitude is bad." Lloyd Ryan recalled: "Phil always had a problem with reading.
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