Phil Collins: “I’d have left Genesis to join The Who”

Collins says he'd have loved to have taken over from the late Keith Moon

Phil Collins has revealed he would have joined The Who if he’d ever been asked.

Collins had been a member of Genesis for eight years when The Who’s drummer Keith Moon died in 1978. However, he admitted during a Guardian webchat that he would have quit the band to replace Moon.

“Absolutely would have joined The Who. I would have left Genesis to join The Who,” Collins said. “But they’ve got a great drummer now in Zak Starkey, he’s fantastic. Someone with the balls that Keith Moon had.”


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Speaking at this Monday’s press conference announcing his comeback tour, Collins discussed the mysterious affliction which has now stopped him from playing drums.

“I’ll never play the way I used to,” he said. “Something happened on the Genesis reunion tour. At the end of each show, I had a drumming duel with Chester Thompson, and one night something happened. It just went. I tried everything – bigger drumsticks and so on, but it just never came back. ”

He added: “It’s a mystery what happened, I just couldn’t get it back. But I’m 65 and I played drums since I was five. I’d like to have the choice about being able to play, but I’m not going to cry myself to sleep about it.”

Collins also explained that his son Nicholas will be taking over drum duties on the upcoming tour. “He’s learned from watching John Bonham, Chad Smith and me, so he’s got some balls when he plays,” Collins said. “He takes notes very well. It can obviously be awkward when it’s family, they might not take criticism, but Nick is great at taking advice.”


“We’ve played three short charity shows in Europe together, seven-song things, and the band have been very impressed with him,” Collins added.

Phil Collins’ upcoming ‘Not Dead Yet’ tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale from 9am on Friday (October 21).

London, Royal Albert Hall (June 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)
Cologne, Lanxess Arena (11, 12)
Paris, Accors Hotel Arena (18, 19)

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