An appreciation of PHIL COLLINS: You’re not worthy

::applauds the writer of this article::
Amen, Mr. Thompson, amen!! This blogger took the words right out of my mouth.
Honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Those who are petitioning against Phil’s impending comeback, need to seriously re-examine his career & body of work well beyond that of “Sussudio” & “One More Night” to rediscover what an amazing musician & human being Phil Collins truly is.
Need I remind his detractors that during each of his tours from But Seriously through his Final Farewell tours, Phil raised money for the local homeless shelters in each location he played in & then personally matched the donation. How many other rock musicians can say they’ve done that?
On that note, please enjoy this “guest post”. It’s definitely well worth the read. 😊

Make Your Own Taste

2642616by Allister Thompson

I retired from blogging about music in July of 2015, after many years of frequent posting. My fingers and brain were tired. However, I am coming out of retirement for this one special post, one which I feel compelled to write. Anyone with an ethical bone in his or her body knows that we have entered a really weird cultural period, dominated by the Internet’s insidious role in life, every fool’s newfound outlet to spew whatever crap he or she wants, no matter how idiotic or hurtful. Cyberbullying, cyberracism, cybersexism, hey, call whoever whatever names you like. No one can stop it. One thing making the rounds this week was some jerk’s petition to demand Phil Collins not make a comeback to music. While this is not on the same level as insulting people’s race or sexual orientation, it still says something about the catty, superficial nature…

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Phil’s Committed to His Dreams For The LDF Kids

With disappointment in his eyes and a heartfelt apology, Phil Collins had to disappoint his fans by canceling his performance at the Little Dreams Foundation Gala & Dreaming on the Beach concert in Miami last Saturday night. This was a much anticipated event as it was to be Phil’s first stage performance in 4 years.

Phil had every intention of performing on Saturday, however rehearsals on Friday and Saturday would prove otherwise. As explained by Orianne Collins-Mejjati, Co-Founder of the Little Dreams Foundations, Phil’s voice was riddled with vocal problems. “Phil has spent all day with the doctors…” she stated at the eleventh hour. Elaborating further, Phil worked with his physicians, doing everything possible, right up to performance time, to get his voice in shape to sing.  Nothing seemed to be working, so at the strong advice of his physician, he had no choice but to cancel his performance. You can see the video from Phil’s apology by clicking on the link below…

https://www.facebook.com/inductphilcollins2rrhof/posts/975704899110345″

Miami.com broke the story, citing a “neurological affliction” as Phil’s reason for his last minute cancellation. However, truth be told, no specific cause for his vocal problems was identified. Escorted by his youngest, Mathew he did appear on stage looking not well at all. It is the opinion of this blogger that Phil could have been suffering from something viral rather than neurological.

Needless to say, many attendees were disappointed and understandably so. In the days that followed the event, the LDF Facebook page received a number of positive and negative comments from attendees. Some went so far as to demand a refund of ticket price, even though they heard performances of Phil’s songs by other internationally superstars including Richard Marx, Laura Pausini, and Alejandra Guzman, as well as the LDF Band. In response to those comments, the Little Dreams Foundation released this statement:

Statement from Phil Collins’ Foundation Regarding
December 6 Gala Event

“Thank you very much for the incredible, heartfelt support that was in full effect at the 2014 Little Dreams Foundation concert on December 6. We worked hard to bring you artists from all over the world, along with tomorrow’s young stars, who performed their hearts out on stage.

As you know, Phil Collins was scheduled to perform a few songs at the end of the night; however, he suffered an illness during sound check and doctor’s were brought in to see him. Phil wanted to perform and be there for his fans, the children and the Foundation. His health was monitored right up until the time when he would take the stage. The doctor’s insisted that he could not do it. He addressed the audience and, with great sadness, told them what happened.

Everyone is concerned for Phil’s health, and rightfully so. We hope that you’ll understand that this situation was completely out of his control, and he’s sorry to have disappointed his fans. Because this is Phil’s charity and only operates on the highest level of integrity, the Little Dreams Foundation is offering a voucher for the full, face value of the ticket amount towards the December 5, 2015 concert in lieu of refunds. This will affect the funds we had hoped to raise for the children for 2015, so to alleviate that, Phil Collins has personally made a donation of $100,000 to the Little Dreams Foundation.

We appreciate the support and understanding that we have received. The vast majority of attendees have told us that they had one of the most touching and best experiences ever. For that, we’re eternally grateful. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your understanding and hope that you will continue to support Phil Collins and Orianne Collins-Mejjati in their efforts to make dreams come true for children. ”

Orianne Collins-Mejjati
Co-Founder & Chairman
Little Dreams Foundation

When this statement was released, I, personally, could not have been more touched and impressed by Phil’s actions. He has taken it upon himself to alleviate the potential shortfall the foundation’s 2015 benefit concert could face.

That being said, I would like to propose that those of us who were unable to attend the Little Dreams event on December 5th, all make a donation (whatever you can afford, I know the holidays are upon us & budgets are tight). I, personally, will be making a donation of $50. If we all band together, perhaps we can make an honest attempt at matching Phil’s donation.
Donations can be made at the Little Dreams Foundation website: http://www.ldf.cc
In the upper right, there is a “Donate” button to click to make your donation.
Thank you all so much for considering a donation. 😀

Before I go, I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas & A Happy, Healthy 2015! 🙂
Lisa

Phil’s Back & Sounding Better Than Ever…

After a bit of a hiatus over the last few months, I found out just exactly how he’s been lately.
Here’s the lowdown:

At the end of May, Phil performed for an audience for the first time in four years.
His first performance included In The Air Tonight, which he hadn’t sung in over 9 Years, and Land of Confusion, which he last performed on the Turn It On Again Reunion tour in 2007.

In a 17 minute set, Phil appeared relaxed, happy, and healthy on stage with the music students of Miami Country Day School. With wit and humor, he carried on his usual banter with the audience, proving he hadn’t lost his touch on stage, despite it being well over a year since his last performance. And of course big props to the student band as well, who did a fantastic job accompanying Phil, especially, Nic Collins on drums – he slayed his father’s famous drum fill, proving once again, “like father-like son”.
Here’s the link for all to enjoy….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jmc6TZ5Guw

In other “Phil’s back in music news”, he recently finished writing and working in the studio with Adele. According to People  magazine, mega-producer Ryan Tedder of One Republic fame, confirmed to MSN Music, “he’s returned to work…” Her new album is rumored to be titled 25 and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Tedder also commented in People magazine, “She will deliver the album on her own timetable, at her own pace…And the only person that will ever declare it finished will be her, when she decides it’s finished.”

Lee Sklar also announced recently that Phil has gotten his touring band back together for three weeks of rehearsals to see if a possible tour in 2015 would be feasible. Confirmed original members of the band include Daryl Stuermer, Brad Cole, Arnold McCuller, Lee Sklar, and Amy Keys. Unfortunately, Chester Thompson looks to be not available for these rehearsals, but is replaced by none other than Jason Bonham. Rehearsals started in Miami on August 16th. It is not known at this time if Phil plans to play drums or not yet.

These rehearsals also go hand in hand with his preparation for the Dreaming on the Beach Concert on December 6th to benefit The Little Dreams Foundation at The Filmore in Miami Beach, FL, United States. This is a wonderful opportunity to see Phil perform live for the first time in four years, as well as possibly mingle with him at the gala before the concert, and support a worthy cause. What’s not to love about this? Totally a win-win-win situation! 😀  Tickets for the concert only go on sale starting Sept. 12th. through TicketMaster by calling 1-800-745-8000. There will be only 2,100 seats available, however to guarantee a seat, sponsorships for the Gala are also available now through the Foundation.

And now in to the news about new music from Phil…
The only new music that I am aware of at this time, is the material he is working on with Adele for her album…which, I, for one, am looking forward to! 🙂

So I think that about covers everything for now…
Until Next Time, My Fellow Phil Fans…. 🙂

Oh, and there’s a new poll available to vote for Phil for the 2015 RRHOF Induction…be sure to vote for him under the Other category in both voting sections. 😉 

Finally Some Respect…

After 20+ years of less than kind treatment from the media, Phil Collins is finally getting the respect he so richly deserves. Could the “It’s not cool to like Phil Collins” trend finally be over?

In November 2013, while at the premiere of the Tarzan Broadway production in Stuttgart, Germany, Phil announced that he has started writing again, citing he missed the creative process. He’s even talking about possibly coming out of retirement to record his first album of original music since Testify in 2002.

Phil at the German premiere of Tarzan Broadway production at the Apollo Theater in Stuttgart, Germany
November 21, 2013
PC-Stuttgart Nov2013

More recently, he’s even announced that he’s writing with Adele, who’s album, 21, earned her several Grammys, and was named the biggest selling albums in 2012. As a fan of Phil and of Adele, I am really looking forward to this collaboration. 😀

Since the November announcement, Phil has made himself much more visible, including, the opening of The Little Dreams Foundation‘s US foundation in Miami, FL with co-founder, Orianne Collins; appearances at the premiere of the Beautiful, Carole King Broadway production in January 2014, as well as the Sound of Contact show just few days ago on April 29th, both in New York City.

PC at Beautiful Premiere Jan 2014
Phil, with Dana Tyler, at the Broadway premiere of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical, New York City
January 12, 2014

Phil-Simon 2014
Phil & Simon Collins at The Sound of Contact show in New York City,
April 29, 2014

All of this attention has spawned a series of positive articles on various websites such as Noisey.Vice.com, New York Daily News.com, and theguardian.com.
With article titles such as…
Why There Will Never Be Another Pop Star Like Phil Collins
Phil Collins Goes From Reviled To Revered 
(Note: this article was sent to the RRHOF Induction Committee as part of my 2nd submission package.)
Is Phil Collins The Godfather of Pop Culture?

Sure, some of the articles out there took minor potshots at Phil for being out of touch with the pop artists of today, but even HE admitted in one interview to “living in a cave”.
But seriously (no pun intended 😉 ) Phil, you must have made quite an impact on Adele during her formative years for her to want to write with you specifically.

This just proves once again that Phil Collins is still very much a viable and important artist to rock & roll music.

A Legend In His Own Right

Phil Collins is considered a legend in the music industry. But in 2002, Phil was inducted as a Disney Legend for his contributions as singer, songwriter and composer on the animated film, Tarzan. Songs like Son of Man, Two Worlds, Strangers Like Me, and You’ll Be In My Heart, which earned him an Academy Award, have become instant Disney classics. At the time of Phil’s induction, he held the record for shortest induction time, just three years after Tarzan was released.

Phil's Disney Legends Placque                 Disney Legends Hand Print

According to Phil’s Disney Legend profile, he told People magazine in 1999, “We’ve broken some molds. The fact that I’m singing and the characters don’t burst into song makes it very different.” Disney composer, Mark Mancina also comments, “There’s something very sincere about Phil’s voice…His voice has a tendency to wrap itself around you and bring you into his world. As soon as he starts singing, it’s just magic and provides a very welcoming feeling.”

Strangers Like Me Official Music Video…

In addition to singing the songs in English, Phil translated the feelings those songs evoke into several different languages including German, French, Italian, and two different dialects of Spanish (Latin American & Castillian). No other artist in Disney history has done this! Huge props to Phil!! 😀

Phil Goes International With The Music of Tarzan

The movie went on to mass popularity, which kept Phil very busy before and in between legs of his Final Farewell Tour. He teamed up once again with Mark Mancina to compose the music for Tarzan II: The Legend Begins, co-writing the score and contributing two new songs for the film.
Then, if that wasn’t enough, in 2006 Tarzan took to the stage as Phil was also asked to work on the Broadway musical. In addition to writing nine new songs for the show including Everything That I Am and Who Better Than Me, he was heavily in the production of it as well. The show opened on Broadway in May 2006, running for a year until it closed in July 2007. The production received mixed reviews, despite receiving awards internationally, and had several runs worldwide including The Netherlands from 2006 – 2009; Sweden from 2008 – 2009; Hamburg, Germany from 2008 – 2013; and the Philippines in 2013.

It’s pretty obvious that Phil impressed Disney with his musical prowess. In addition to the Tarzan series, he worked once again with Mark Mancina on the score and songs for the 2003 Disney film, Brother Bear. Composing much of the score, Phil wrote the lyrics to all of the songs and sang many of them in the movie.

With all of those accomplishments, it’s easy to see why Phil is considered a Disney Legend! 🙂

Production Gold: The Collins Touch

Okay, so we all know Phil Collins was the golden boy of the 1980’s. His songs were everywhere (’cause you know we like it… 😉 ). His signature sound was everywhere as well and not just in his music. Phil’s influence and style could be heard in many artists throughout the 1980’s…Frida Lyngstad, Phillip Bailey, Howard Jones, Adam Ant, Eric Clapton, just to name a few. Much of the music Phil produced went on to be certified hits for each artist.

Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad: Something’s Going On
In a complete departure from the soft sounds of Abba, Frida wanted a much edgier feel for her first solo album. She asked Phil to write a song for her solo album purely on the basis of Face Value. The two shared a common experience, having both been through painful divorces. Unfortunately, due to a heavy tour schedule with Genesis at the time, Phil was unable to write for her, but suggested she do a remake of “You Know What I Mean”, his song from Face Value. And once the Genesis tour wrapped up, Phil went on to produce her first solo album.

Frida’s remake of Phil’s song , “You Know What I Mean” (recording session)…

Official Video for “I Know There’s Something Going On” (featuring Phil on drums!)
One of the biggest songs from her solo career. 😀

Howard Jones: “No One Is To Blame”
Redone for the ep, Action Replay, “No One Is To Blame” features Howard Jones’ lyrics and emotionally charged vocals with Phil’s drum work and backing vocals. Production credit goes to Phil as well.
The original version of this song has a more organic, acoustic feel to it, and can be heard on Howard Jones’ 1986 album, Dream Into Action. While this version is just as good (at least in my opinion) as the much more radio friendly version, the Collins produced remake went on to be Jones’ biggest hit of his career in the US, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.
Honestly, being a Howard Jones fan as well as Phil, this was “a match made in heaven” for me as I consider this one of my favorites songs that Phil has production credit.

Philip Bailey: Chinese Wall
Whenever a discussion takes place regarding Phil’s work as a producer, one absolutely, positively cannot forget this album. It features “Easy Lover”, which was co-written by Phil, along with Philip Bailey and Nathan East. This song went on to become one of the biggest songs of Bailey’s solo career. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned both Phil and Philip Bailey a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group in 1986, while the album itself earned Baily a Grammy nomination for Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male.

So as I bid farewell for now, please remember we are in the final week of Operation Big Push February. If you haven’t signed our Online Petition, please do so by February 28th. Our goal is 1000 signatures by March 1st and we need just 327 more! We are so close…come on people, stand up & be counted! 😉

As always, I thank everyone for their love & support of Phil and this campaign.
Lisa 🙂

Operation Big PUSH February!

UPDATE as of March 2nd:
As Operation Big PUSH February comes to a close, I am please to announce that was a smashing success! As you know, the goal was to collect 1000 by March 1st. Well we blew past that goal to collect 1055 signatures!! Fantastic job Phil (and Genesis) fans!! 😀

On behalf of Yvonne Roberts & myself, I want to thank each & every one of you for making this possible! I knew you wouldn’t let us (or Phil for that matter) down! 😉

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Hello Phil & Genesis Fans,
Starting this Monday, February 3rd, Yvonne Roberts & I are asking all of you to sign & share the link to the Online Petition on your fan sites, Facebook & Twitter pages, Pinterest pages….you know? Everywhere! 😀  The internet is a huge world all its own… 😉
We are setting our sights on reaching 1000 or more signatures by March 1st. I know it’s a pretty tall order but I KNOW we can achieve it because us Phil & Genesis fans are truly dedicated to seeing him inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame for all Phil has achieved throughout his amazing solo career. We’ve got a good start with 387 signature…just 613 more to go over the course of the month. Piece of cake – heck yeah!! 😉

We all know Phil has millions of fan worldwide so stand up & be counted by signing, sharing, and encouraging friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to share their love, respect & admiration for Phil & all of the brilliant music he has shared with us throughout his long & impressive career by signing the online petition today! You can even add your name, where you’re from along with any personal thoughts in the comments section below. I’ll be happy to add you to the petition.

And as a special treat, here is a wonderful retrospect video on Phil’s career both with Genesis & on his own, create by our dear friend, Colin Bemis…thank so much for sharing your amazing movie & video talents with us, Colin! 🙂


On behalf of Yvonne & I, THANK YOU to everyone who have worked tirelessly with us to help make this a reality for Phil. 🙂