Phil Collins Recalls His Biggest Epiphany

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Phil Collins recently resurfaced an interview from his final solo tour, the Not Dead Yet Tour, in which he discussed a time he regarded as his greatest revelation.

The singer began by mentioning the musicians he has collaborated with for a long time:

“When I got on the stage every night, and I introduced the band, this guy, Ronnie Caryl, one of my oldest friends, we’ve been playing music for over fifty-five years. And there is Daryl; he’s been forty-plus years with me, forty-plus years with Genesis.

Brad, the keyboardist, has been with me for thirty-plus years. Leland, if you count when we first started playing together on ‘No Jacket,’ or even before. That’s like thirty-five years.”

He continued by outlining his most profound insight:

“Then, by the time I started finishing the band introductions, I’m thinking, ‘God, all these people… What does the audience think? These guys should be pushing carts around somewhere.’

But there is something that you can’t buy; you can’t get any other way than just playing together and enjoying each other’s company. Let’s face it. Music is meant to be fun. Some people can make it an art form, but it really is entertainment.”

Collins performed on stage with Genesis for an additional three years after his final solo tour finished in 2019. The band’s final performance was on March 26, 2022, in London, capping up The Last Domino? tour.

Watch the entire discussion down below.


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