Gaucho wrote: Digitalgypsy66 wrote:
Gaucho wrote:Phil Collins is a quality drummer, too. If only he had sticked to it.
He actually retired due to neck problems. He can't hold drumsticks because of disc/nerve issues in his neck.
Would it be in bad taste to suggest that there might be a God after all?
I was a huge early-mid 1980s Genesis/Collins fan, but after that...I agree with that sentiment. He really is a good drummer, and could write a good pop hook. But the formula got old, like everything else.
I read an interesting article/interview with him from a year or so ago, where he was almost despondent about his place in popular music:
Medically, he's got a few serious and life-altering problems: The hearing in his left ear is shot, and a dislocated vertebra in his neck has rendered him all but unable to pound on the drums that first made him famous. But those aren't the reasons why.
Mainly, it's because he's had it with people thinking they know who Phil Collins is. And not in a good way. He has been called "the Antichrist," the sellout who took Peter Gabriel's Genesis, that paragon of prog-rock, and turned it into a lame-o pop act and went on to make all those supercheesy hits that really did define the 1980s. So, he wants to move on. He could make another original album, but he knows that will bring a rehashing of all the old criticism. It's inescapable. Forget it. He'd rather spend his time in his basement, building up his collection of Alamo memorabilia, which, oddly enough, is his great consuming passion these days. "I sometimes think, 'I'm going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story,'" he says. "Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, 'What happened to Phil?' And the answer will be, 'He got murdered, but, yeah, anyway, let's carry on.' That kind of thing."
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/ ... z2CJqE1jHT
And yes, he collects Alamo artifacts, and has even written a book about the battle.