Phil Collins – Live Concert
Phil Collins Finally the First Farewell tour Paris 2004
Philip David Charles “Phil” Collins, LVO (born 30 January 1951),is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and actor. He gained fame as both the drummer and lead singer for the rock band Genesis, and he also 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 UK and the US 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”. Collins has been described by AllMusic 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 the original lead singer 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 ranked number 10 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. He was inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame in 2012.
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 US Billboard Hot 100, 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 “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, though he continued to write songs and in 2013 he said he was considering a return to the music industry.
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 while Gabriel was lead singer and flautist, 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). However, he also doubled on percussion, notably maracas, tambourine, triangle, tubular bells, bells and whistles, and would often sing in unison with Gabriel.
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 and percussion to the further Brian Eno releases Another Green World, Before and After Science and Music for Films.
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 No. 3 in the UK and charted in the U.S. top 40. 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. The line-up was regularly augmented by Chester Thompson and guitarist Daryl Stuermer for concert tours.
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.
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