Phil Collins quotes

Born
30 January 1951, Chiswick, Middlesex, England.

Occupation
Drummer, singer, songwriter.

Phil Collins is an English drummer, singer and songwriter. He was the drummer and singer of the band Genesis.

It’s actually come as quite a shock to learn just how many people don’t like me.
– Phil Collins

I’ve got one of four known Davy Crocket rifles. It’s fantastic just to know it’s one of the rifles that he actually used. His cousin had it.
– Phil Collins

The world is in your hands, now use it.
– Phil Collins

I can’t play anywhere near like I used to, and I was a hot drummer. It doesn’t bother me, because frankly, if you get to that point where you can’t hold a drumstick properly, there are many other things in life which are far more important, like cutting a loaf of bread or a piece of cheese.
– Phil Collins

I never stopped thinking about the Alamo from that day to this. I’m a huge collector of memorabilia. I’ve got Davy Crockett’s bullet pouch. I’ve got Colonel Travis’s belt.
– Phil Collins

All I set out to do was to earn a living playing drums, you know? And as luck would have it, I’ve surpassed that.
– Phil Collins

I don’t really belong to that world and I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me. I’m much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely.
– Phil Collins

And, you know, I never wanted to be a singer.
– Phil Collins

I’m just trying to do things that are interesting for me.
– Phil Collins

You know, a song is like a kid. You bring it up. And sometimes something you thought was going to be fantastic, by the time it’s finished, is a bit of a disappointment.
– Phil Collins

I grew up in the day when the Beatles sold 1 million singles in a week. And all you’ve got to do now is sell about 10,000 singles and you’re in the charts.
– Phil Collins

Often there’s a BA crew, because half the time we stay at the same hotels, especially in Australia. I can remember spending quite a lot of time with crews around the pool there. They always make themselves known to us.
– Phil Collins

I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.
– Phil Collins

I’m not a singer who plays a bit of drums. I’m a drummer that sings a bit.
– Phil Collins

To be honest, producing records interests me less at the moment and I really don’t want to get involved in album projects that are going to take up a lot of time.
– Phil Collins

No seriously… when there’s families, you tend to go back to your room after the gig rather than go for a drink with the other guys. But there’s always someone who’s got something going, like the tour manager.
– Phil Collins

I can’t remember much about the early flights, except that it was ages before we got into First Class.
– Phil Collins

I joined Genesis when I was 19. I’ve earned the right to actually do nothing. I don’t want to be a shadow of what I was, so I’ve kind of just quite willingly stood back.
– Phil Collins

It’s not often that an English drummer gets an Oscar. So I’m very, very proud of that.
– Phil Collins

We stayed in some pretty shabby places in Europe.
– Phil Collins

That’s going to be on my headstone: ‘He came. He wrote ‘In the Air Tonight.’ He… died.’
– Phil Collins

I’m fascinated by what people will do to each other. Actually, I’m sort of interested in the gory details of life.
– Phil Collins

I’m not trying necessarily to become a movie star; that wouldn’t be bad but that’s not the aim. I’m just trying to do interesting things and go into areas where I’ve not been before.
– Phil Collins

In 1977 we played America and Europe three times, and Japan – my marriage suffered as a result. My then wife took the kids to Canada to be near her parents.
– Phil Collins

If a musician dares to get out of the box he’s been put in, people get confused. They want people where they can find them! I am fortunate in some respects as I’ve always been known as someone who ‘moves around’ and tries different things. But generally, we are supposed to stay where we’re put.
– Phil Collins

You know, I’ve released some great records and I’ve released some dogs. But frankly, the fun is in creating the thing.
– Phil Collins

Another time, we had three days off in Australia, so we went out of our way to fly to Ayres Rock.
– Phil Collins

Beyond a certain point, the music isn’t mine anymore. It’s yours.
– Phil Collins

I started drumming around the same time I came across this part of American history. But there seemed to be a way forward playing drums. There didn’t seem to be a way forward being fascinated by a piece of history.
– Phil Collins

I’ll have the music, and then I’ll just turn the microphone on, press Play and Record and sing. And whatever comes out ends up being the melody.
– Phil Collins

I’ve spent the last year and a half going through a very public separation, hiding in hotel lobbies.
– Phil Collins

It’s always been easy with Mark, he’s a rock fan and we speak the same language. He’s a big Beatles fan too. We worked a lot via CLI calls, though only meeting up once every couple of months.
– Phil Collins

On the day of the show, I sit down with someone that speaks very good English and someone who speaks the local language very well and work out what I’m going to say.
– Phil Collins

I don’t own an ABBA album, and I never had the urge to go and buy one. If you’re just talking about well crafted pop songs, they were fantastic.
– Phil Collins