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. šŸ˜Š

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 Internetā€™s insidious role in life, every foolā€™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 jerkā€™s petition to demand Phil Collins not make a comeback to music. While this is not on the same level as insulting peopleā€™s race or sexual orientation, it still says something about the catty, superficial natureā€¦

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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 toĀ 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. Ā 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,Ā 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 couldĀ 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 superstarsĀ 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 alleviateĀ theĀ potentialĀ shortfall the foundation’s 2015 benefit concert couldĀ 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.Ā 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:Ā 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. šŸ˜€

Before I go, I’d like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas & A Happy, Healthy 2015! šŸ™‚
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, PhilĀ 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.Ā 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 finishedĀ writing and working in the studioĀ with Adele. According to People Ā magazine, mega-producer Ryan Tedder of One Republic fame, confirmed to MSN Music,Ā “he’s returned to work…”Ā Her new album is rumored to be titled 25Ā and is scheduled for release in early 2015. Tedder alsoĀ commented in People magazine,Ā “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 forĀ three weeks ofĀ 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 ThompsonĀ looks to beĀ not available forĀ these rehearsals, butĀ is replaced byĀ 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 theĀ Dreaming on the Beach ConcertĀ on December 6th to benefit The Little Dreams FoundationĀ 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 withĀ him at the gala before the concert, and support a worthy cause. What’s not to loveĀ about this? Totally a win-win-win situation! šŸ˜€ Ā Tickets for the concert onlyĀ go on sale starting Sept. 12th. through TicketMaster by calling 1-800-745-8000. There will beĀ 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! šŸ™‚

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

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 categoryĀ in both voting sections. šŸ˜‰Ā 

Finally Some Respect…

After 20+ years of less than kind treatmentĀ from the media, Phil Collins is finally getting the respect he so richly deserves.Ā 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. šŸ˜€

Since the November announcement, Phil has made himself much more visible, including, the opening of The Little Dreams Foundation‘s US foundationĀ in Miami, FL with co-founder, Orianne Collins; appearances at the premiere of the Beautiful, Carole King BroadwayĀ production in January 2014, as well as the Sound of Contact show just few days ago on April 29th, bothĀ 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 websitesĀ such as Noisey.Vice.com, New York Daily News.com, andĀ theguardian.com.
With article titles such as…
Why There Will Never Be Another Pop Star Like Phil Collins
Phil Collins Goes From Reviled To ReveredĀ 
(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 šŸ˜‰ ) Phil, you must have made quite an impact on Adele during her formative years for her to want to writeĀ with you specifically.

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

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!! šŸ˜€

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! šŸ˜‰

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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 theĀ Online Petition on your fan sites, Facebook & Twitter pages, Pinterest pages….you know? Everywhere! šŸ˜€Ā  The internet is a huge world all its own… šŸ˜‰
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!! šŸ˜‰

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! šŸ™‚


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


			

Happy Birthday Phil!!

Hmm, January 30th…there’s something special about it, I know there is…I wonder what it is?
::thinks a bit:: Oh yeah, I got it…it’s Phil’s birthday! šŸ˜€

On behalf of all of us here at the “Induct Phil” blog (that’s me šŸ˜‰ ), Yvonne Roberts & Kathy Steffen, administrators of the Induct Phil Collins To Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Facebook page, and of course, the millions of fans who adore you worldwide, we’d like to wish you a very Happy Birthday, Phil! šŸ™‚

May it be filled with the love of family & friends and many special surprises. šŸ˜‰

Speaking of which, here’s a special surprise written especially for you by yours truly… šŸ˜‰

And I know I’m not the only one who has birthday wishes for Phil…please share them in the comments section below…

PC B-Day 2014

On January 30th, I am also asking every single one of Phil’sĀ fans who hasn’t signedĀ the online petitionĀ to sign it in honour of Phil’s birthday. I expect to see a rush of signatures on that day, okay? šŸ˜‰

Much Love To You, Phil & All Of My Fellow Fans….
Lisa Ā  šŸ™‚

Christmas Wishes

Wow, I can’t believe it’s Christmas morning as I sit & write this post. This year has gone by so quickly.
Of course, i’d like to wish everyone, especially Phil and the RRHOF Foundation, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, or however you celebrate the season. šŸ™‚

I expect 2014 to be an exciting year for everyone. šŸ˜€
And Phil, if you do choose to explore the possibility of writing, recording and performing again, I wish you nothing but success with it. I, for one, am extremely excited by the prospect and totally cannot wait!! Ā šŸ˜‰

Here is my gift to you…enjoy! I’m sure it brings back a ton of wonderful memories for you, Phil… šŸ˜‰
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UHf9B3qjvw

And it wouldn’t be Christmas without this…. šŸ˜€
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7FaYDjsyC4

As always, thank you…thank you….thank you to everyone who have signed the online petition and supported this campaign.
To those who may not have signed the petition yet, please do so, as we all know that no one is more deserving of induction into the Hall of Fame than Phil! šŸ˜‰
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/induct-phil-collins-into-the-rock-hall-of-fame