When lead singer Peter Gabriel left Genesis, they auditioned a bunch of singers before giving the job to Collins, who was their drummer.>>
He appeared as a drug-dealing con artist on a episode ofMiami Vice(“Phil The Shill” – December 13, 1985).>>
Collins doesn’t read music.
He knew he wanted to be a drummer ever since he received a toy drum for Christmas at the age of five.>>
He appeared in the movieHookas the Scotland Yard detective searching Granny Wendy’s house after Hook kidnaps Peter’s (Robin Williams) children.>>
Phil Collins is one of only three recording artists (along withPaul McCartneyandMichael Jackson) to have sold over 100 million albums globally both as part of a band and solo.
Collins has collected hundreds of artifacts related to the Alamo. In 2012 he wrote a book,The Alamo and Beyond: A Collector’s Journey, about the famous 1836 battle in San Antonio, Texas.
Citing dodgy hearing, a dislocated vertebra in his neck and nerve damage in his hands, Collins announced on March 7, 2011, that he was quitting the music industry to focus on his family life.
Collins revealed his return to the music industry during an interview withRolling Stonein 2015.
Phil Collins did double duty at Live Aid, performing a morning set at London’s Wembley Stadium with Sting and Branford Marsalis before hopping on the Concorde in time to play in Philadelphia with both Eric Clapton and the reunited Led Zeppelin.
Speaking toQmagazine, Collins admitted he considered splitting mid-performance during his Live Aid cameo as Led Zeppelin’s drummer. “It was a disaster, really. Robert (Plant) wasn’t match-fit with his voice and Jimmy (Page) was out of it, dribbling. It wasn’t my fault it was crap. If I could have walked off, I would have. But then we’d all be talking about why Phil Collins walked off Live Aid – so I just stuck it out.”
Phil Collins composed and recorded songs integrated with a score by Mark Mancina for the 1999 Disney animated adventure filmTarzan. He also sang all his own songs for the Spanish, French, Italian, and German translations of the soundtrack.
He feels his 1993 albumBoth Sidesis his best work, with the standout track being “Can’t Turn Back the Years.”