31 January 1951, Chiswick, London, England; drums, vocals, trumpet, piano & percussion. The former child actor has, in a comparatively short time, established himself as the world's premier singing drummer in Genesis and maybe even more known as solo-artist. He started as drummer with The real Thing, The Gladiators and with a litle success Flaming Youth (Ark II '69), then he wanted to play with Yes (Bill Bruford left just the band) or Manfredman,
but he went for an audition at Peter Gabriels home and history was written... He came out
from behind the Genesis-drum-stool in 1975 and took over the vocals previously handled by
the departed Peter Gabriel. Collins' vocal delivery owed much to Gabriel. At the end of the
70-ies he joined Brand X and he considered to ask Pete Townshend is he could replace
Keith Moon (who just died). But he stayed with Genesis and did some solo stuff;
FACE VALUE was
recorded during the collapse of his first marriage and he conveyed all the intense emotional
feelings of that crumbled relationship into most of the compositions. The album's main axis
was the hauntingly powerful "In The Air Tonight." A song that slowly builds until it reaches a climax that explodes with such a clamor of drums that the listener cannot fail to be moved. The single narrowly failed to make the top spot in the UK singles chart, while the album became a worldwide success.
Earth Wind & Fire Horns,
Shankar (he played also with Peter Gabriel),
Producer: Phil Collins & Hugh Padgham.
HELLO, I MUST BE GOING was similarly successful although the angst had disappeared
now that Phil was happily ensconced in a happier relationship with his future wife.
The rumor goes that Peter Gabriel did some session for
Hello, i must be going & No Jacket required.
A few weeks later he appeared on television giving a confident performance as an actor in one episode of "Miami Vice," resulting in a glut of film scripts being sent to him. He played drums on the famous Band Aid single, "Do They Know Its Christmas," which spent the early weeks of 1985 at the top of the charts. A few weeks later he was again near the top of the US charts duetting with Philip Bailey on the infectious "Easy Lover," and, barely pausing for breath, released NO JACKET REQUIRED which topped the charts in most countries in the world, for many weeks.
Collins made history on 13 July by appearing at the Live Aid concert twice, both at Wembley, and, following a dash to catch Concorde, in Philadelphia. Incredibly he found further energy a few hours later to play drums with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant and Eric Clapton. A second duet and film soundtrack, this time with Marilyn Martin for the film White Nights made "Separate Lives" his fourth chart-topper in the US at the end of a phenomenal year. Collins had a comparatively quiet time during 1986, spending part of it touring the world as drummer with Eric Clapton's band. The following year was spent filming for his starring role as a great train robber, Buster Edwards in Buster which was released the following year to mainly good reviews.
...But Seriously ('89);
Serious Hits .. live!;
Leland Sklar- bass,
Brad Cole- keys and
the Phenix Horns.
On Both Sides (1993) he was a return to the stark emotion of FACE VALUE and played everything by himself.
Dance into the Light ('96) is a more happier album, and yes he got a new girlfriend, he lives in Suisse. He writes some music for the soundtrack Tarzan, a new Walt Disney film. And in the meantime he did a few gigs in Paris with the Phil Collins Big Band.
Phil Collins' first new studio album in six years is called Ready to Testify, and will be released worldwide on September 11th 2002, except in the US, where it will be released on November 12th.
During the new tour of 2004/ 05, Mike Rutherford and his Mecanics will be the support act.
Colin Scott ('71),
Peter Banks (Two Sides of '73 / ex-YES),
Brian Eno ('74-'78, '86),
John Cale ('75),
Jack Lancaster (Peter & the Wolf; '75),
Eddie Howell ('75),
Steve Hackett (Voyage of the Acrolite '75),
Brand-X (from '77, o.a. Xtrac, Product, Unothodox Behauviour, Korrocon Roll),
Anthony Phillips ('77),
John Martyn (fe in '77 and in '92 together with Pink Floyds David Gilmour !, '96),
Al DiMeolo (Scenario; Sequencer with Tony Levin, Bill Bruford & Jan Hammer),
Gary Brooker ('79-'80),
Robert Fripp (Exposure; '79, with Peter Gabriel and Peter Hammill),
Peter Gabriel (III;'80, listen to Biko),
Mike Oldfield (QE2; '80),
Robert Plant (Pictures of Eleven; '82, Principle of Moment; '83; Big Log ),
Quantum Jump/ Rubert Hine ('81),
Philip Bailey (Easy Lover ),
Eric Clapton (Behind the Sun; '85, August; '88, Journeyman '89, 24 Nights Live; '91),
Paul McCartney (Press to Play; '86),
Adam and the Ants,
Lee Rittenhour (Branded Together),
Marilyn Martin (Separate Lives),
Tina Turner ('86),
Tears for Fears ('89),
Stephen Bisschop (Blowin'in Paris; '89 with Clapton, Sting and Padgham),
Red Balloon ( '89),
Lamont Dozier (Insick Seduction; 91, met Clapton),
Danny Wilding & Peter Borns (Pressure Signals; '93,
John Gilbin, Kate St.John & Michael Schrieve),
Bruce Hornsby (Harbour Lights '93),
David Crosby ('93),
Martin Page (In the House of Stone & Lights; '94),
Quincy Jones (Q's Jook Joint;'95 with Steve Porcarro, Toots Tielemans, Phaulina Da Costa & Greg Phillanges),
Fourplay (Elixer; '95 with Nathan East).
Son of ... and he plays drums too. Session for his dad on the Both Sides tour. End '98 solo and by surprise he didn't played drums on that.
Updated 30-12-2005 by Nick.