Phil Collins and Bruce Springsteen are two of the most highly influential musicians in the world. They have topped the charts and are the best sellers in their own music genres. But, along with similarities they also have some things that differentiate them.
Bruce is the originator of heartland rock. He combined the mainstream rock genre addressing working-class life in his lyrics. He is also known for his socially conscious lyrics and energetic stage performances. His long music career of six decades even honored him with the nickname the Boss. Bruce is loved all over the world for his musical talents and also his way of addressing many socio-political issues.
Whereas, Phil is a man of honesty. The drummer and lead singer of the rock band Genesis is known for spitting harsh truths. Back in the day, he blamed Led Zeppelin for poor performance during the Live Aid show. He has also criticized the Gallagher brothers on how they are rude and not talented. On top of that, he also hated Paul McCartney for his big ego. But, seems like Phil has a good perception of Bruce Springsteen.
In an interview with Playboy in 1986, “I’ve always liked the idea of Springsteen. Everyman’s music for everyman, you know; it captures the imagination of the workingman. Chuck Berry did the same thing. I don’t know that much about Springsteen’s older songs, but I like what he stands for. ‘Born In The U.S.A.’ is just fantastic. It has a great atmosphere, and it’s a great song.”
Phil acknowledged that he liked what Springsteen did as an artist. He admitted the working-class appreciation he had in his songs was admirable. Also, Collins said that he respected Bruce’s work. Sadly, he didn’t know about his early career. Phil also shared his favorite Bruce song which was ‘Born In The USA’.