Phil Collins

Phil Collins


1/30/1951, London, England

Birth Name

Philip David Charles Collins


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Phil Collins was born January 31st, 1951 in Chiswick, England. He got his first drum, one of those noisy tin ones, at the age of 5. His first proper kit came when he was 12, and whether in front of the mirror or the TV he would be…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Besides being a big part of the Musical Tarzan in America, Phil Collins is also very much involved with the Dutch version, which will open in April of 2007.
      Phil worked together with the translator of the Tarzan songs to make sure that the translation stays within the meaning of the songs, he also had a big role in choosing the players of the Dutch play.

    • Phil is good friends with tennis legend Andre Agassi. On October 7th - 2006, Phil was one of the artists to perform at the gala benefit of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF), which raised more then $8.6 million.

    • End 2006, a new video game was released; Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Phil Collins plays a big role in this game.

    • Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford and Tony Banks reunited Genesis and will be touring Europe in 2007. Even though the tour is called "Turn It On Again, The Tour", Phil calls it a selection of shows and refuses to call it a tour, 'cause he has sworn never to tour again.

    • Phil and his wife Orianne were one of the guests, at the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Paker-Bowles.

    • His mother June Collins, is a talented agent and coaches at theatres. She also is the associate producer of the films Hedda Gabler and Doctor Who: The Five Doctors.

    • Phil is good friends with singer Eric Clapton. When Eric's son died, Phil wrote a song for him, called 'Since I Lost You'.

    • Phil's son Simon is a singer, his daughter Joely is an actress, and his daughter Lily is a model

    • Phil Collins is left handed.

    • Phil left Switzerland in 2006 and moved to live in New York, where he worked on the musical Tarzan.

    • After playing the role of Buster in the film Buster(1988), he became friends with the real Ronald 'Buster' Edwards. After Buster's death in 1994, Phil dedicated a song to him on stage.

    • Phil Collins joined the long list of celebrities lampooned by South Park. It happened in South Park episode 51 entitled "Timmy! 2000."

  • Quotes

    • Phil (about drumming with brushes): This is difficult stuff. The next time you're in a bar or a lounge and the drummer is playing with these things.... give him some credit!

    • Phil: (about star academy style shows) I have a big soft spot for the French version. It is a well intentioned show and a good Variety show with guest stars who, if they choose to, can get involved more than just the performing of their "hit". I've performed in the last 3 series and am a bit of a team Mascot!

    • Phil: Roger Waters once said, or at least I read that he did, that he was always too busy writing his stuff to listen to other peoples music, and that it didn't really interest him what other people wrote...I tend to agree with him.

    • Phil: (About autographs) So many times I get asked to sign something and the person doesn't have a pen or a bit of paper....then they tear off a bit of a cigarette packet.. and you know they'll forget about it in the morning. Their Mum will wash their trousers and it'll be history.....

    • Phil: (About the Love Song Compilation) The choices for this CD were made by choosing the songs I felt were the best of those I'd written or not, and those that needed to be there due to popularity. I could have put more "dark horses" on there, but I was under pressure to include certain songs that I personally could have done without.

    • Phil: (about the Invisible Touch tour) I used to come out at the beginning of the show with a camera and take pictures of the audience.

    • Phil: about his first final farewell tour and Orianne It was with her blessing that I did the tours in the first place. If she had not been keen on the idea I may not have done it at all.

    • Phil: About Brand X Regarding this whole period, I feel as if it's a suit I once wore that doesn't fit anymore.

    • Phil: You know, a song is like a kid. You bring it up. And sometimes something you thought was going to be fantastic, by the time it's finished, is a bit of a disappointment.

    • Phil: When we're touring America or Europe, we use our own plane and a great advantage of that is it cuts out an awful lot of time checking in. You literally drive up to the plane, get on and then drive off at the other end.

    • Phil: When I go on Japanese Airlines, I really love it because I like Japanese food.

    • (about acting)
      Phil: .... may do more, like to do more.... just got to find that balance of doing nothing and enjoying, or working and enjoying....

    • I'm not a singer that drums a bit, i'm a drummer that sings a bit.

    • Phil: To be honest, producing records interests me less at the moment and I really don't want to get involved in album projects that are going to take up a lot of time.

    • Phil: To be honest, I couldn't hold a conversation with anybody in any language other than English - and that's a struggle sometimes!

    • Phil: The world is in your hands, now use it.

    • Phil: The day Tarzan opened in London, I sat in a hotel room and discussed the project in detail.

    • Phil: On the day of the show, I sit down with someone that speaks very good English and someone who speaks the local language very well and work out what I'm going to say.

    • Phil: On the day of the show, I sit down with someone that speaks very good English and someone who speaks the local language very well and work out what I'm going to say.

    • Phil: Often there's a BA crew, because half the time we stay at the same hotels, especially in Australia. I can remember spending quite a lot of time with crews around the pool there. They always make themselves known to us.

    • Phil: No seriously... when there's families, you tend to go back to your room after the gig rather than go for a drink with the other guys. But there's always someone who's got something going, like the tour manager.

    • Phil: Like last night I had a sequence with a gun and, to be honest, for me to be threatening with a gun and not be comical is quite hard.

    • Phil: It's always been easy with Mark, he's a rock fan and we speak the same language. He's a big Beatles fan too. We worked a lot via CLI calls, though only meeting up once every couple of months.

    • Phil: If Miles Davis hadn't died it would have been interesting to do an album with him, but there wasn't much else that would have got me into the studio... although Herbie Hancock has just been in touch about doing something and that would be an interesting combination.

    • Phil: If it's the beginning of something - like an album, I'm working on the lyrics and I take a walkman and headset.

    • Phil: I've spent the last year and a half going through a very public separation, hiding in hotel lobbies.

    • Phil: I've been a long-distance father.

    • Phil: I'm writing new songs for a Broadway version of Tarzan, which is very interesting. I think what I learned from the Brother Bear score side of things, I've brought into the new Tarzan songs. Thinking outside just guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.

    • Phil: I'm usually going to make a record, finish a record, start a record or start a tour or between tours.

    • Phil: I'm not trying necessarily to become a movie star; that wouldn't be bad but that's not the aim. I'm just trying to do interesting things and go into areas where I've not been before.

    • Phil: I'm just trying to do things that are interesting for me.

    • Phil: I'll have the music, and then I'll just turn the microphone on, press Play and Record and sing. And whatever comes out ends up being the melody.

    • Phil: I'd love to work with Disney again.

    • Phil: I usually hang around the room listening to a bit of last night's show. If there's one available, I go to the steam room every day for my voice. I spend half an hour there and then I eat, because I can't eat later than four o'clock. Then I go for a soundcheck. That's my day.

    • Phil: I suppose you can't take kids into consideration all the time, but I just wish there could be a bit of flexibility.

    • Phil: I remember flying with Air India to New York quite a few years ago now and I love Indian food, so the fact that I had a curry on board was fantastic.

    • Phil: I know it shouldn't make a difference, but crossing the dateline, we weren't sure what day it was - it was very strange. Now, I seem to cope with it better.

    • Phil: I can't remember much about the early flights, except that it was ages before we got into First Class.

    • Phil: Each thing leapfrogs. I do a Genesis project - like now, we're just finishing off an album - and then by the time the album is doing its thing, I could do nothing or I could do a film.

    • Phil: Catering on planes, like on British Rail, is a standing joke, but I don't really have a problem with it. I don't quite know what people expect.

    • Phil: Beyond a certain point, the music isn't mine anymore. It's yours.

    • Phil: Believe it or not, Japanese is actually easier than some European languages!

    • Phil: We had three days off in Australia, so we went out of our way to fly to Ayres Rock.

    • Phil: And what you take from it, you take from it. It probably means something that the words to a lot of my songs are spontaneous.

    • Phil: I would like to marry and have more children. I would like to try and do it right.

  • Phil Collins is an inspiration!

    Phil Collins has gone through a lot in his life time and he still has the ability to make quality music for everyone. With such classics as against all odds, take me home, two hearts, groovy kind of love, and in the air tonight, he has continued to make himself in the music community. He even has touched the children population by doing the soundtracks for brother bear and tarzan for disney and even helped with the music for the broadway tarzan. All in all, he is a wonderful singer and his works are the best in business with drums that can get to anyone.moreless
  • He is a very good singer.

    And a very good song wrighter. Two of his best songs arre: In the Air tonight, and Another day in paradise. All his others are good too, but the first two I said are his best ever. Well to me anyway. I'm sure other people have Phil Collins songs they like the best.