Phil Collins Retires: You’ll Be In Our Hearts
Amidst speculation over his health and career, Phil Collins released a statement today via his personal website proclaiming his retirement from the music industry. In a post entitled “Breaking News,” the British singer/songwriter admitted an intention to clarify what have been numerous inaccurate reports about his career position.
“Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted,” Collins wrote.
The 60-year-old denied accusations of quitting due to bad press treatment or a disintegrating fanbase, but rather to indulge in his role as a full-time father to his two sons.
Collins even summoned some humor from the announcement, denying his passion as a historian for the Battle of the Alamo as a reason for his retirement.
“I’m not stopping so I can dive full time into my interest for the Alamo…the result is that I have ended up sounding like a tormented weirdo who thinks he was at the Alamo in another life, who feels very sorry for himself, and is retiring hurt because of the bad press over the years. None of this is true. Thanks for all your messages on the Forum…But there’s no need for the straitjacket!”
(Collins’ obsessive expertise on the Battle of the Alamo has produced some interesting media responses over the last few years.)
In a career that stretches over four decades, Collins made his musical breakthrough as the drummer and backing vocalist for British rock band Genesis. When lead singer Peter Gabriel left the band in 1974, Collins undertook the difficult role as Gabriel’s replacement, eventually leading the band into its brightest years.
In the 1980s, Collins’ voice was one of the most recognizable on popular radio. After embarking on a solo career, he released numerous number-one hits, including “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now),” “Easy Lover,” “One More Night” and “Sussudio.” Collins has even landed gigs playing drums for Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton.
Other notable classics include “In the Air Tonight,” “You’ll Be in My Heart” and his cover of the Cyndi Lauper tune “True Colors.”
Collins has sold over 100 millions albums in his career and won a Grammy for “Album of the Year” in 1985 for No Jacket Required.
Health issues have been a mainstay in Collins career headlines for the 21st century. In 2000 Collins reported losing his hearing in his right ear due to a serious viral infection. In late 2009 Collins lost the ability to play drums after an operation dislocated vertebrae in his neck, however the musician has since denied the severity of such reports.
Here’s to you Phil Collins. Our parents loved you so and we just with we had the same opportunity to let you in our hearts.