Phil Collins Announces His Retirement
The Genesis Star Is to Retire from the Music Business to Spend Time with Family
It had been rumoured that the Genesis drummer Phil Collins would be retiring from the music industry to spend time with his family. Today these rumours are confirmed, with Collins saying that he wishes to spend time with his sons on a regular basis. It means that those wishing to get a Genesis fix by getting hold of concert tickets will instead have to turn to tribute acts like Regenesis or, if they simply want to see former band members live, his Genesis-bandmate Peter Gabriel.
Philip David Charles Collins is of course best known as the drummer of the British progressive rock band, but since the heyday of the group he has also embarked on a successful solo career that has seen him release an array of studio albums and singles. In the latter category he had number one hits with “You Can’t Hurry Love”, “Easy Lover” and “A Groovy Kind of Love”, with further success with “Separate Lives” and “Another Day in Paradise”. Many of these songs charted high on the other side of the Atlantic as well, making him one of the lucky few to break the tough American market.
His debut solo album took the form of “Face Value” and it emerged into the charts in 1981, ten years after his debut record with Genesis “Nursery Cryme”. His second solo album was “Hello, I Must be Going” in 1982, with additional releases over the decades that included “No Jacket Required” in 1985, “Dance into the Light” in 1996, “Testify” in 2002 and “Going Back” in 2010. It means that with his retirement in 2011 he will be leaving behind a career that has spanned forty years and seen him sell hundreds of millions of albums all over the world.
On announcing his retirement, Collins pointed out that he wanted to spend time with his two young sons, hitting back rumours that he was unhappy and that he wanted to quit due to ‘dodgy reviews’.
So with Collins gone, audiences will have to pick up rock tickets to acts like ReGenesis for the hits of his famous band, or Peter Gabriel for another solo act of the famous group.