Thursday, September 10, 2009

Phil Collins no longer drums

The news that Phil Collins can no longer drum might be the sort of news that would have led to street parties in the 1980s, but now is actually quite sad:

The former Genesis star can't even hold his sticks after years of sitting in front of a drumkit.

Collins, 58, whose hits include In The Air Tonight, said: 'After playing drums for 50 years, I've had to stop.

'My vertebrae have been crushing my spinal cord because of the position I drum in.

'It comes from years of playing. I can't even hold the sticks properly without it being painful, I even used to tape the sticks to my hands to get through.'

But just as you're starting to feel sympathy for a man at the end of his career, he has to go and spoil it all:
Collins told fans: 'Don't worry, I can still sing.'

But the drumming was the bit that people didn't mind so much, Phil. It was the singing that people thought ill-advised.


3 comments:

Robin Carmody said...

Indeed. They should have jacked it in when Gabriel left, really.

Though I do like "For Absent Friends" and "More Fool Me", the latter a wonderful piece of calm amid multiple storms, like an epilogue in the three-day week.

Anonymous said...

That is a cruel thing to say. Phil Collins is a music genius as well as a icon. He has the whole package as an artist. His voice is truly amazing. Very uplifting. It help a lot of people over the years. His music will live on forever and more.

simon h b said...

@anonymous
I'm not sure his music will last forever - even uranium-238 decays away eventually. But just in case, maybe we should look at a lead-lined hole somewhere just in case.

Sussudio? Really?

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