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Phil Collins – I Don’t Care Anymore (Live Perkins Palace 1982)

Phil Collins,

Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951), is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor. He gained fame as both drummer and lead vocalist for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist. Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. His solo singles, sometimes dealing with lost love and often featuring his distinctive gated reverb drum sound, ranged from the atmospheric “In the Air Tonight”, dance-rock of “Sussudio”, piano-driven power ballad “Against All Odds”, to the political and religious connotations of “Another Day in Paradise”. AllMusic has described Collins as “one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the ’80s and beyond”.

Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group’s drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins’s total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time”, number 10 in a countdown by Gigwise and number 9 by MusicRadar.

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Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band. During his most successful period as a solo artist between 1981 and 1990, Collins had three UK number-one singles and seven number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, as well as a US number one with Genesis in 1986. When his work with Genesis, his work with other artists, as well as his solo career is totalled, Collins had more top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the 1980s than any other artist. In 2008, Collins was ranked the 22nd most successful artist on the “The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists”. Although one of the world’s best-selling recording artists and a highly respected drummer, Collins has garnered significant criticism over the years from music journalists and fellow artists. He announced his retirement in 2011 to focus on his family life, but indicated in 2013 that he was still writing songs and considering a return to music.
Collins was born in Chiswick, Hounslow, Middlesex (now London), the son of Winifred M. “June” (née Strange), a theatrical agent, and Greville Philip Austin Collins, an insurance agent. He was given a toy drum kit for Christmas when he was five. Later, his uncle made him a makeshift one that he used regularly. As Collins grew older, these were followed by more complete sets bought by his parents. He practised by playing to music on the television and radio, but never learned to read and write conventional musical notation; instead, he used a system he devised himself. According to Barbara Speake, founder of the eponymous stage school which he would later attend, 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.”

As a teenager, Collins went to learn drum rudiments. He learned the basic rudiments under the tuition of Lloyd Ryan and later studied 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. That was always a big problem for him. That’s a shame because reading drum music isn’t that difficult.”

Collins’s particularly strong early influence was The Beatles and their drummer Ringo Starr. He also enthusiastically followed the lesser-known London band The Action, whose drummer he would copy and whose work introduced him to the soul music of Motown and Stax Records. While attending Chiswick County School for Boys, Collins formed a band called The Real Thing and later joined The Freehold. With the latter group, he wrote his first song titled “Lying Crying Dying”. His professional acting training began at the age of 14, when he entered the Barbara Speake Stage School, a fee-paying but non-selective independent school in Acton, London, whose talent agency had been established by his mother.

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Early career

Collins began a career as a child actor while at the Barbara Speake Stage School and won his first major role as the Artful Dodger in the London production of Oliver!. He was an extra in the famous Beatles comedy film A Hard Day’s Night (1964), as one of the hundreds of screaming teenagers during the TV concert sequence and seen fleetingly in a close-up. He was in Calamity the Cow (1967), made by the Children’s Film Foundation. He was in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) as one of the children who storms the castle at the end of the film, but it was cut. He also auditioned for the role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet (1968), a role won by fellow Artful Dodger actor Leonard Whiting. Collins was among the last three finalists for the role of I.Q. on the American children’s television show The Bugaloos (he lost out to English actor/musician John McIndoe).

Despite the beginnings of an acting career, Collins continued to gravitate towards music. Collins’s first record deal came as drummer for Hickory, who changed their name to Flaming Youth by the time of their sole album, Ark 2 (1969). A concept album inspired by the recent media attention surrounding the moon landing, Ark 2 (with Ronnie Caryl, Brian Chatton and Gordon “Flash” Smith), failed to make much commercial success despite positive critical reviews. Melody Maker featured the album as “Pop Album of the Month”, describing it as “adult music beautifully played with nice tight harmonies”. The album’s main single, “From Now On”, failed on the radio. After a year of touring, band tensions and the lack of commercial success dissolved the group. In 1970, the 19-year-old Collins played percussion on the George Harrison song “Art of Dying”, released on his triple album All Things Must Pass. Harrison later credited him in the liner notes to the remastered CD version of the album released in 2000.
Genesis era (band):

In 1970, Collins answered a Melody Maker classified ad for “…a drummer sensitive to acoustic music, and 12-string acoustic guitarist”.Genesis placed the advert after having already lost three drummers over two albums. The audition occurred at the home of Peter Gabriel’s parents. Prospective candidates performed tracks from the group’s second album, Trespass (1970). Collins arrived early, listened to the other auditions while swimming in Gabriel’s parents’ pool, and memorised the pieces before his own audition.

Collins won the audition. Nursery Cryme was released a year later. Although his role remained primarily that of drummer and backing vocalist for the next five years, he made his lead singing debut on “For Absent Friends” (from Nursery Cryme). He later sang “More Fool Me” (from Selling England by the Pound).

In 1974, while Genesis were recording the concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Brian Eno (who is credited as “Enossification” for electronic vocal effects on the track “Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging”) needed a drummer for his second solo album Taking Tiger Mountain. Collins was sent to fill the gap, and played drums in lieu of payment for Eno’s work with the band. Collins later contributed drums to the Brian Eno 1975, and 1977 art rock releases Another Green World and Before and After Science.

In 1975, following the final tour supporting the album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Gabriel left the group to pursue a solo career. Collins became lead vocalist after a lengthy but ultimately fruitless search for Gabriel’s replacement (where he sang back-up with the over 400 hopefuls that reportedly auditioned). To facilitate Collins’s new role as the group’s lead vocalist/frontman, Genesis recruited former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford to play drums during live shows, although Collins continued to play drums during longer instrumental sections. Bruford’s drumming can be heard on the track “The Cinema Show” on the live album Seconds Out. Bruford was soon replaced by ex-Frank Zappa band member 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. Collins, however, continued to be the band’s exclusive drummer on the group’s studio recordings.

The band’s first studio album with Collins as their lead vocalist was 1976’s A Trick of the Tail, which reached the American Top 40, and peaked as high as No. 3 on the UK charts. Rolling Stone wrote that, “Genesis has managed to turn the possible catastrophe of Gabriel’s departure into their first broad-based American success.” Following the recording of Genesis’s next studio album Wind & Wuthering, their guitarist Steve Hackett left the group to pursue his own solo career. The group decided to continue as a trio for recording with Tony Banks on keyboards and Mike Rutherford playing the guitar and bass guitar in the studio, although the line-up was regularly augmented by Chester Thompson and American guitarist Daryl Stuermer for concert tours.

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Collins simultaneously performed in a jazz fusion group called Brand X. The band recorded their first album, Unorthodox Behaviour, with Collins as drummer, but because Genesis was Collins’s priority, there were several Brand X tours and albums without him. 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.

Collins also performed on Steve Hackett’s first solo album, 1975’s Voyage of the Acolyte, on which he sang the lead vocals and played drums. As the decade closed, Genesis began to shift from their progressive rock roots and towards a more accessible, radio-friendly pop-rock sound. The 1978 album …And Then There Were Three… featured their first UK Top 10 and US Top 40 single, “Follow You Follow Me”.

“Dance on a Volcano” (1976)
The first track from Genesis’s A Trick of the Tail was Collins’s début as the group’s full-time lead singer. A progressive rock track, it contrasts with the style of his later work.
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In the 1980s, while Collins developed as a songwriter and established a parallel career as a solo artist, Genesis recorded a series of highly successful studio albums including Duke, Abacab, Genesis and Invisible Touch. The latter album’s title track reached number one on the American Billboard singles chart, the only Genesis song to do so. The group received 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) but lost out to Peter Gabriel’s solo hit, “Sledgehammer”. Reviews were generally positive, with Rolling Stone’s J. D. Considine stating, “every tune is carefully pruned so that each flourish delivers not an instrumental epiphany but a solid hook.”

Collins left Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career. The last studio album with him as their lead vocalist was 1991’s We Can’t Dance; it was supported by an extensive tour across the world in 1992. He and Gabriel reunited with other Genesis members in 1999 to re-record “The Carpet Crawlers” for Genesis’s Turn It On Again: The Hits. When in the mid-2000s discussions of a possible Genesis reunion arose, Collins stated that he would prefer to return as the drummer, with Gabriel handling the vocals. Eventually, Turn It On Again: The Tour was announced for 2007, with the Collins/Rutherford/Banks line-up.
1981–1983: Early solo recordings

The dominant theme running through Collins’s early solo recordings (although never specifically mentioned in his songs) was the acrimonious breakdown of his first marriage and then-recent divorce. Two songs he wrote on the Genesis album Duke, “Please Don’t Ask”, and the Top 20 hit “Misunderstanding”, dealt with his failed relationships. A third track that appeared on Duke, “Behind the Lines” can also be found on Collins’s debut solo album, “Face Value”. With the recording of his first solo album, Face Value, Collins attributed his divorce as his main influence, as can be inferred from songs such as “If Leaving Me Is Easy”.

“In the Air Tonight” from Face Value (1981), was the first single of Collins’s solo career.

Collins made his live debut as a solo performer appearing at the invitation of record producer Martin Lewis at the Amnesty International benefit show, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball at the Theatre Royal in London in September 1981, performing two songs from Face Value including “In the Air Tonight” and “The Roof Is Leaking” accompanying himself on piano. Face Value became a surprise international success, topping the charts in at least seven countries and hitting the top ten of the Billboard 200 eventually going quintuple-platinum in the US. Hits from the album included “In the Air Tonight”, “I Missed Again”, and “If Leaving Me Is Easy”.

Much like Face Value, many of the songs from Collins’s 1982 follow-up album, Hello, I Must Be Going!, came from Collins’s marital problems with his first wife such as “I Don’t Care Anymore” and “Do You Know, Do You Care”. Collins’s early albums had a dark presence, usually heavy on the drums. 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.” There were occasional poppier influences—Face Value’s “Behind the Lines”, for example, was a jazzy remake of a Genesis song he co-wrote. Hello, I Must Be Going! gave him a UK number one for his cover of The Supremes’ “You Can’t Hurry Love”. The album went triple-platinum in the United States. The Supremes’ cover was his first Top 10 US hit (it also hit the Top 10 of Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart). The album also reached number two on the UK Albums Chart, spending well over a year there.

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Two years before, Collins had played drums on Peter Gabriel’s third self-titled record (often referred to as Melt), the first record to feature the “gated reverb” sound, which was used on the song “Intruder”. Gabriel reportedly “didn’t want any metal on the record” and asked Collins to leave his cymbals at home, to concentrate on the sound of his kit more heavily than usual. Studio engineer Hugh Padgham augmented the drum sound by using a microphone normally intended for studio communication rather than recording and feeding it through a signal processor called a noise gate. This allowed the reverberation added to the drums to be suddenly cut off before it naturally decayed. The result was the arresting “gated reverb” which became Collins’s signature sound. This was the same ‘big drum sound’ used on such songs as “In the Air Tonight”, “Mama” by Genesis, and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad’s “I Know There’s Something Going On”.
1984–1991: Mid-career – Massive worldwide success

“Against All Odds” from the soundtrack of the same name (1984), is a piano-driven ballad.

“Another Day in Paradise”
A sample of “Another Day in Paradise” from …But Seriously (1989). The ballad was written to bring attention to the problem of homelessness.
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Collins changed his musical style with the release of the ballad, “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, which was the main theme song for the movie of the same name in 1984. The more pop-friendly and radio-accessible single became Collins’s first solo single to reach number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 and gave him his first Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Later that year, Collins contributed to production on Earth, Wind & Fire vocalist Phillip Bailey’s third solo album, Chinese Wall, collaborating with Bailey on the hit duet, “Easy Lover”. In November 1984, Collins contributed vocals and drums to Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, a song written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for the victims of the 1983–85 famine in Ethiopia, which became the Christmas number one in the UK and the best-selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone. Collins released his most successful album, the Diamond-certified No Jacket Required, which reached number one in US in the summer of 1985. It contained the US number one hits “One More Night” and “Sussudio” as well as the top ten hits “Don’t Lose My Number” and “Take Me Home”. It also contains the lesser known yet equally robust “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, and a US number one, for the movie White Nights.[54] Collins had three US number-one songs in 1985, the most by any artist that year. No Jacket Required went on to win three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.

No Jacket Required received criticism that the album was too commercial, despite its favorable reviews by the majority of 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’ expectations next time around.” The album went straight to No. 1 in the US and UK. In 1985, Collins was invited by Bob Geldof to perform at the Live Aid charity event, which was a continuation of the fundraising effort for Ethiopia started by Band Aid. Collins had the distinction of being the only performer to appear at both the UK concert at Wembley Stadium and the US concert at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia; he performed his solo songs “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” and “In the Air Tonight”. He accomplished this by performing early in the day at Wembley as both a solo artist and alongside Sting, then transferring to a Concorde flight to the US enabling him to perform his solo material, and play the drums with Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton in Philadelphia. While being a guest on many major artists’ hit recordings, Collins continued to enjoy solo success even while on tour with Genesis supporting their successful album Invisible Touch. Besides his number-one duet with Marilyn Martin in 1985, Collins would score two more hits from movies with the singles, “A Groovy Kind of Love” (No. 1 UK, No. 1 US) and “Two Hearts” (No. 1 US, No. 6 UK), both from the soundtrack of his feature film, Buster. In 1986, Collins won the first two of his six Brit Awards for Best British Male and Best British Album for No Jacket Required.

Collins spent most of 1989 working on his fourth studio album …But Seriously. He also found time to appear as a guest artist 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). 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 number one 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 the most successful singles of all time in Germany. In the process, it became the last No. 1 US pop hit of the 1980s. The album …But Seriously became the first No. 1 US album of the 1990s and the best-selling album of 1990 in the UK. Other songs included “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” (No. 4 US, No. 15 UK), “Do You Remember?” (not released in the UK, but a No. 4 hit in the US), and “I Wish It Would Rain Down” (the latter featuring Eric Clapton on guitar; No. 3 US, No. 7 UK). Songs about apartheid and homelessness demonstrated Collins’s turn to politically driven material. This theme recurred on his later albums. 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. Collins also played drums on the 1989 Tears for Fears hit single, “Woman in Chains”.
1992–2008: Later solo work and Genesis reunion
Collins performing at a Genesis concert in Knebworth, England in 1992.

After a hiatus of five years, Genesis reconvened for the 1991 album release We Can’t Dance, which was to be Collins’s last studio album with the group. The album features the hit singles “Jesus He Knows Me”, “I Can’t Dance”, “No Son of Mine” and “Hold on My Heart”. In 1992 Collins toured with Genesis on the We Can’t Dance Tour where they played to stadiums around the world, including Giants Stadium in New Jersey.[66] At the 1993 American Music Awards on 25 January, Genesis won the award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group.

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”. 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, and used 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”. Collins worked on the album completely independently of his record company, and took them by surprise when he delivered them a completed album that they were unaware he was making.[citation needed]
Collins performing live at the Umbria Jazz Festival, in Perugia, Italy, 1996

Collins officially parted ways with Genesis in 1996 to focus on his solo career (Genesis would produce one album without Collins—…Calling All Stations…—before going on hiatus). Collins attempted a return to pop music with Dance into the Light, which Entertainment Weekly reviewed by saying that “even Phil Collins must know that we all grew weary of Phil Collins”. It included minor hits such as the title track and The Beatles-inspired “It’s in Your Eyes”. Although the album achieved Gold certification in the US, it sold considerably less than his previous albums. Despite this, the subsequent tour regularly sold out arenas.[citation needed]

In 1996, Collins formed the Phil Collins Big Band. With Collins as drummer, the band performed jazz renditions of various Collins and Genesis hits. The Phil Collins Big Band did a world tour in 1998 that included a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1999, the group released the CD A Hot Night in Paris including big band versions of “Invisible Touch”, “Sussudio”, and the more obscure “The Los Endos Suite” from A Trick of the Tail. On 15 September 1997, Collins appeared at the Music for Montserrat concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, performing alongside artists such as Sting, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.[70]
Collins’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 6834 Hollywood Boulevard

A compilation album …Hits was released in 1998 and sold very well, returning Collins to multi-platinum status in the US. The album’s sole new track, a cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit “True Colors”, received considerable airplay on US Adult Contemporary stations while peaking at No. 2.[71] Some of Collins’s earlier hits (e.g. “I Missed Again”, “If Leaving Me Is Easy”, etc.) and other successes were not included on the compilation.[citation needed]

Collins’s next single, “You’ll Be in My Heart”, from the Disney animated movie Tarzan, spent 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart—the longest time ever up to that point. The song won Collins an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award both for Best Original Song. It was his third nomination in the songwriters’ category, after being nominated in 1985 and 1989. Collins was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on 16 June 1999.[72]
Collins performing live in Barcelona, Spain, in July 2004

In 2002, Collins released Testify. 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 yet another No. 1 Adult Contemporary smash hit for Collins. Testify sold 140,000 copies in the United States by year’s end, although a successful worldwide tour followed.

That same year, Collins accepted an invitation to drum for the “house band” at a concert celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee. In 2003, he announced his last solo tour—the “First Final Farewell Tour”, a tongue-in-cheek reference to the multiple farewell tours of other popular artists.In 2006, he worked with Disney on a Broadway production of Tarzan.
Collins performing live with Genesis at the Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, September 2007

After much speculation regarding a Genesis reunion, 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. 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. Following the band’s performance, presenter Jonathan Ross had to apologise to viewers watching the televised version as Collins had used a swear word while singing “Invisible Touch”. In 2007, the band were honourees at the second annual VH1 Rock Honors, with the band performing “Turn It On Again”, “No Son of Mine” and “Los Endos” at the ceremony in Las Vegas.
2009–present: Going Back, retirement, Alamo collection

In October 2009, it was reported that Collins was to record a Motown covers album. 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 the adverse effects of his recent spinal operation. It was the first solo album Collins had recorded which consisted entirely of songs written by other artists.

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Going Back was released on 13 September 2010, entering the UK charts at number 4, rising to number one the following week.In early summer 2010, Collins played six concerts entirely dedicated to the music from Going Back. These included a special programme, Phil Collins: One Night Only, which was broadcast on ITV1 on 18 September 2010. 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.

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. 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.

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. Days later, 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.

In July 2012, Collins’s greatest hits collection …Hits re-entered the US charts, reaching number 6 on the Billboard 200.

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. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven’t been there yet.” 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, though he did not relish being subjected to the harsh critical reception his music has received over the years if he did decide to return to the studio and stage.

In the early 2010s, Collins had become involved with researching the Battle of the Alamo in Texas, United States, including authoring a book .

On 24 January 2014, Collins announced in an interview with Inside South Florida that he was writing new compositions with the English musician Adele. He said that “I’ve just started to work with Adele.” Collins told the publication that he had no idea who Adele was when he first learned she wanted to collaborate with him. He said “I wasn’t actually too aware [of her]. I live in a cave.” Collins then agreed to join her in the studio after hearing her voice. Collins said that “[She] achieved an incredible amount. I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she’s done, too.” However, in September 2014, Collins revealed that the collaboration had ended and he said it had been “a bit of a non-starter”.

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. Collins was asked to perform there by his sons, who are students at the school. In August 2014, Collins was reported to have accepted an invitation to perform at a benefit concert in Miami in aid of his Little Dreams Foundation charity which is due to take place in December.
Drums and other equipment

Collins uses Gretsch drums and Sabian cymbals. Drums (all single headed concert toms except for the snare): 20″ Bass Drum, 18″ Floor Tom, 16″ Floor Tom, 15″ Mounted Tom, 12″ Tom, 10″ Tom, 8″ Tom, 14″x4″ Snare, 14″ Phil Collins Special.

Cymbals: HH Medium Crash 20″ – HH Extra Thin Crash 17″ – Hi-Hats 15″ – HH China 20″ – HH Medium-Thin Crash 16″ -HH China 22″ – HH Raw Bell Dry Ride 21″.

Until 1986, Collins played Paiste and Zildjian cymbals. Other drums he has used over the years are Premier, Noble & Cooley, Pearl, Fibes and Simmons electronic drums. He uses a Ludwig Speed King pedal, Gibraltar hardware, Pro-Mark sticks and Remo drumheads. Collins plays his kit left-handed and also has his Pro-Mark Phil Collins signature drum stick.[citation needed]

Other instruments which have become synonymous with Collins’s sound (particularly in his post-1978 Genesis and subsequent solo career) include the Roland CR-78, Roland TR-808, Roland TR-909, Linn LM-1 and LinnDrum drum machines, Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesizer,[96] the Yamaha CP-70 electric grand piano, the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer, Oberheim DMX drum machine (as heard on “Sussudio”), Korg Wavestation, Korg KARMA, Korg Trinity,[97] Korg 01/W and Korg Triton synthesizers, the Roland D-50, Roland JD-800 and Roland JV-1080 synthesizers, E-mu SP-12 and E-mu SP-1200 sampling drum machines and the Roland VP-330 vocoder (as heard on “In the Air Tonight”).[citation needed]
Career as record producer and guest musician

For his solo career and his career with Genesis, Collins produced or co-produced virtually all of his singles and albums, the notable exceptions being “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (produced by Arif Mardin), and his cover of “True Colors” (produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds).[citation needed]

Collins also maintained a career as a producer for other artists throughout the 1980s, usually working on outside projects at the rate of one artist per year. His first outside work as a producer was the 1981 album Glorious Fool for John Martyn; in 1979 he had played drums and contributed backing vocals on Martyn’s Grace and Danger. He followed that up by producing Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad’s (Frida Lyngstad of ABBA) 1982 album Something’s Going On, which contained the international hit “I Know There’s Something Going On”.[citation needed]

Collins played drums on Robert Plant’s solo albums Pictures at Eleven and The Principle of Moments.[citation needed]

In 1983, Collins produced two tracks for Adam Ant, on which he also played drums, both of which hit the UK charts: “Puss ‘N’ Boots” and “Strip”. “Strip” was a minor US hit as well.[citation needed]

In 1984, he produced Phillip Bailey’s album Chinese Wall, from which the hit Bailey/Collins duet “Easy Lover” was drawn. This album also contained the Bailey hit “Walking on the Chinese Wall”.[citation needed]

In 1985, Collins produced and played drums on several tracks on the Eric Clapton album Behind the Sun. The following year, he produced (in collaboration with Hugh Padgham) one track for Howard Jones, the international hit “No One Is to Blame”, for which he also played drums.

Returning to work with Clapton, Collins was one of the producers on his 1987 album August. The UK top 20 single “Behind the Mask” was drawn from this album, and this particular track credited production to “Phil Collins in association with Tom Dowd.”[citation needed]

In 1988, Collins and Lamont Dozier collaborated as writers and producers of The Four Tops top 10 UK hit “Loco in Acapulco”, which was taken from the soundtrack of the film Buster, in which Collins starred. Finally, in 1989, Collins was one of the producers of the Stephen Bishop album Bowling in Paris, which included the US Adult Contemporary hit “Walking on Air”, produced by Collins and Padgham.[citation needed]

Collins co-wrote, sang and played on the song “Hero” on David Crosby’s 1993 album Thousand Roads.[citation needed]
Films, theatre, and television

The majority of Collins’s film work has been through music. Four of his seven American number-one songs came from film soundtracks, and his work on Disney’s Tarzan earned him an Oscar. Collins even sang German, Italian, Spanish and French versions of the Tarzan soundtrack for the respective film versions. Collins’s acting career has been brief. As a child, he appeared in three films, although two of the films were for brief moments as an extra.[citation needed]

Collins wrote and performed the title song to Against All Odds in 1984. The song became the first of his seven American number-one songs and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. Collins was not invited to perform the song at that year’s presentation, although he was in the audience as the song’s composer. Collins had arranged his US 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 Ann Reinking perform his song.[98] For a long time afterwards, he would introduce his performance of “Against All Odds” at his concerts by saying: “Miss Ann Reinking’s not here tonight, so I guess I’ll have to sing my own song”.[citation needed]

As a lead vocalist, Collins sang Stephen Bishop’s composition “Separate Lives” for the film White Nights (1985) as a duet with Marilyn Martin. The single of the recording became another number-one hit for Collins. The song itself was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song (a category that honours composers, not vocalists). Bishop’s song had parallels to some of those on Collins’s first two albums. Writer Stephen Bishop noted that he was inspired by a failed relationship and called “Separate Lives” “a song about anger”.[99] When the song was being nominated for an Academy Award, in interviews about the original snub by the Academy for “Against All Odds”, Collins would jokingly say “the hell with him – I’m going up too,” referring to if Bishop’s song were to win the award.

Collins’s first film role since embarking on his career as a musician came in 1988 with the romantic comedy-drama Buster. He starred as Buster Edwards, a criminal convicted for his role in the Great Train Robbery, which took place in England in August 1963. Reviews for the film were mixed and controversy ensued over its subject matter, with Prince Charles and Princess Diana deciding to withdraw from attending the film’s première after it was accused of glorifying crime.[101] 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 a 1966 single by The Mindbenders, became Collins’s only single to reach number one in both the UK and the US. The film also spawned the hit single “Two Hearts”, which he wrote in collaboration with legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier; the two artists would go on to win a Golden Globe for Best Original Song and receive an Oscar nomination in the same category, the second such honour for Collins; “Big Noise”, written by Phil Collins and Lamont Dozier, which included Collins on the lead vocals (although the song was not released as a single, an instrumental version of this song appeared as the B-side to the single version of “A Groovy Kind of Love”). The final song, “Loco in Acapulco”, was another collaboration between him and Dozier, with the vocals performed by the legendary Motown group 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 did.

Collins had cameo appearances in Steven Spielberg’s Hook (1991) and the AIDS docudrama And the Band Played On (1993). He starred in 1993’s Frauds, which competed for the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. He supplied voices to two animated features: Amblin’s Balto (1995) and Disney’s The Jungle Book 2 (2003). A long-discussed but never completed project was a film titled The Three Bears; originally meant to star him alongside Danny DeVito and Bob Hoskins, he often mentioned the film, though an appropriate script never materialised.

Collins performed the soundtrack to the animated film Tarzan (1999) for The Walt Disney Company. Collins won an Academy Award for “You’ll Be in My Heart”, which he performed at that year’s telecast as well as during a Disney-themed Super Bowl halftime show. The song, which he also recorded in Spanish among other languages, became his only appearance on the Billboard Hot Latin Tracks chart.[71] Disney hired him, along with Tina Turner, in 2003 for the soundtrack to another animated feature film, Brother Bear, and had some airplay with the song “Look Through My Eyes”.

Collins’s music is featured in the satirical black comedy film American Psycho, with psychotic lead character Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) portrayed as an obsessive fan who reads deep meaning into his work, especially with Genesis, while describing his solo music as “more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way”. Bateman delivers a monologue in praise of Collins and Genesis during a sequence in which he engages the services of two prostitutes while playing “In Too Deep” and “Sussudio”. Bateman also makes similar paeans to other 1980s pop stars Huey Lewis and the News and Whitney Houston in the film.

On television, he twice hosted the Billboard Music Awards. He also appeared in an episode of the series Miami Vice, entitled “Phil the Shill”, in which he plays a cheating con-man. He also guest starred in several sketches with The Two Ronnies. Most recently, he had a cameo appearance on the television series Whoopi.

In 2001, Collins was sought out by the satirist Chris Morris, and appeared in the Brass Eye “Paedophilia Special” endorsing a spoof charity called ‘Nonce Sense’. At one point Collins, dressed in a matching baseball cap and t-shirt emblazoned with the name of this fictitious charity, stares into the camera and declares: “I’m talking Nonce-sense.”

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In 2003, Collins’s work on Brother Bear was expanded as Disney used the song “Welcome” as the theme for Walt Disney’s Parade of Dreams, the main parade celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland.

In 2005 Disney’s Tarzan was adapted for Broadway. Collins contributed 11 new songs and instrumental pieces, and was deeply involved in the production. Unlike the film, where Collins sang all the material, the characters sang on stage.

Collins made an appearance as himself in the 2006 PSP and PS2 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. 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 simultaneously performing “In the Air Tonight”. 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 number three in July 2008, the following week reaching number one, beating its original 1981 No. 6 peak. “In the Air Tonight” was also sampled in the song “I Can Feel It” (on which Collins was credited as a featured artist) on Sean Kingston’s self-titled debut album.

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. 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 Phil Collins’s “Another Day in Paradise”.Phil 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.

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