Through One Fan’s Eyes…

I’d like to share a video that was posted on the Induct Phil Facebook Page

It’s an absolutely wonderful letter Miriam Orlando of Northern Italy wrote to Phil.
She speaks from her heart of her admiration of Phil not only as an artist, but as a human being.
So please enjoy and thank you Miriam for allowing me to share your words & tribute here… 🙂

And here is the YouTube Tribute she speaks of as well….

I invite all of you to visit her Facebook page, Phil Collins Italy as well. 🙂
And to those who have not signed our online petition, please follow Miriam’s lead & do so. Your signature will be most appreciated. Thank you…thank you! 🙂

Until next time Phil Fans!
Lisa & Miriam 🙂

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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! 😀

On behalf of all of us here at the “Induct Phil” blog (that’s me 😉 ), 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! 🙂

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

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

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’s fans who hasn’t signed the online petition to sign it in honour of Phil’s birthday. I expect to see a rush of signatures on that day, okay? 😉

Much Love To You, Phil & All Of My Fellow Fans….
Lisa   🙂

And Now For The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For…

It’s….Audience Participation Time! ::clapping & being all giddy::
Yes, that’s me doing my best Phil impersonation…okay, maybe not. :-p

Anyway…Happy New Year!!! 😀
To welcome 2014, I thought it would be fun & interesting for everyone to post their favorite song or songs from Phil’s vast repertoire and makes those songs your favorite(s).
I think it’s important for Phil and the RRHOF to read from our perspective what it is about his music that moves us, inspires us, and/or gets us through the darkest, bleakest moments in our lives.
I’ll start us off….

Name: Lisa, Official Blogger for the Induct Phil Campaign
Favorite Song(s):  Dance Into The Light & I Wish It Would Rain Down
What Makes It A Favorite:  Dance Into The Light just instantly puts me in a good mood! There’s so much energy and positivity in the music & lyrics that I can’t help but feel like it’s all gonna be okay even during those times in my life when it might not be.
I Wish It Would Rain Down is just my absolute favorite song from Phil, plain & simple. I find redemption in the words, “I wish it would rain down”…sort of a cleansing of the soul. And the pure, unadulterated, intense emotion in Phil’s voice just moves me so. 🙂

Now it’s your turn…I encourage all of my visitors to share their thoughts & opinions in the Comments Section below. Have fun! I look forward to reading & sharing your thoughts with Phil & RRHOF. 😀

UPDATE: I’ve had to remove the contacts form as it was not working quite as I expected.
I wanted to be able to share everyone’s comments in this post. In order to do that, I have copied & pasted the comments of all those who responded in my contact form into individual comments within the Comments Section. Thank you to those who have share their favorite songs thus far. I’ve enjoyed reading your comments so far! 😉

And again, don’t forget to read & sign the online petition. Even if you signed the original petition poster on the Official Facebook page, I still encourage you to this petition. 🙂 

As always, thank you so…so much for your support. Without you, Yvonne, Kathy & I couldn’t make this happen.

Until Next Time….Later My Fellow Phil Fans…
Lisa  😀

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. 🙂

I expect 2014 to be an exciting year for everyone. 😀
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!!  😉

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

And it wouldn’t be Christmas without this…. 😀
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! 😉
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/induct-phil-collins-into-the-rock-hall-of-fame

His Royal Work

Phil Collins has received countless awards throughout his long & accomplished career…Grammys, Golden Globe Awards, Brit Awards, GQ’s Man of the Year, even the coveted Oscar. But none more precious than being appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (which is a form of knighthood) in June 1994 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for his work as a trustee of the Prince’s Trust.

Phil-LVO Award

Phil began working with The Prince’s Trust in 1983 and was instrumental in starting The Prince’s Trust Rock Gala and performed at all of the concerts throughout the 1980’s. This concert had been one of the main fundraisers for the trust until 1990.

The Rock Gala was resurrected 20 years later, in 2010 where Phil once again performed. He also joined Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor to accompany him on drums during the finale song, We Will Rock You.
Along with performing at each of the rock galas, Phil devoted much of his free time to the Trust, working with children who had an interest in music.

On November 16, 1992, Genesis played a benefit show at Royal Albert Hall, in the presence of the Royal Family, during their highly successful We Can’t Dance tour to aid The Prince’s Trust. It was said to be one of Phil’s best performances on that tour. The concert was broadcast live via Trent FM (Nottingham), Capital FM (London), and BRMB (Birmingham) in the UK. Including the proceeds from this show, Genesis has donated over £1.000.000 to The Prince’s Trust.

As long as we’re getting Phil inducted into the Hall of Fame, let’s get him fully knighted as well!
Sir Phil Collins…yes, it does have a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? 😉
So while you’re signing our online petition (if you haven’t already done so), please do check out Get Phil Collins Knighted! Facebook Page and One More Knight Blog, both are simply fabulous!

Until next time, Phil & Genesis Fans, much love to you!
Have a wonderful New Year’s celebration and be sure to toast Phil while you’re ringing in 2014! 😀

Innovative Drummer…Master of Rhythm & Beat

“Drummers have the best gig in the band…they sit at the back….they’re the backbone, the goalkeepers of the group…” –Phil Collins Interview with Conan O’Brien, 1997

The quote goes on to say “…while the singer is out front wiggling their bum and appealing to the girls.”
Well Phil has been successful on all counts, both with Genesis and on his own. His contributions in musical arrangement, songwriting, and of course as a drummer turned Genesis into one of the top progressive rock bands in musical history.

But that’s not what this is about…
Today’s blog focuses on the many signature drum and percussion arrangements Phil has done that earned him the reputation as one the greatest drummer in rock music. Though unable to properly read music, he has an uncanny ability to hear the melody and feel the rhythm and beat of the music. With impeccable wristwork and smoothness, Phil always made the most of his drum kit each and every time he played.

To celebrate Phil’s first love, I am sharing some of his best drum solos and duets from his solo career (which happen to be all of them)….

Drum Duet, Serious Tour 1990
This drum duet was incorporated at the end of the song, “Colours” in setlist. Phil and Chester carried the African drum theme from Colours into this duet. What amazes me is the speed and precision with which the two of them played to stay in synch with each other.

The opening drum duet from the Both Sides Tour, 1995
This drum duet starts off with Phil playing as per usual. But there is something different about the way his drum kit looks and sounds. Is Phil playing junky trash cans? Actually pretty darn close….he’s playing his “rubbishkit” as he affectionately calls it. A specially made drum kit to look like a pile of junk and sounds very metallic and streetlike. During Phil’s brief but intense solo, a crash is heard, and a man appears at the top of the stairs out of nowhere…it’s Ricky Lawson mysteriously playing drums on his chest & thighs. Actually, Ricky is playing electronic drum plates under his clothing (shhh, it our little secret….okay, maybe not.). But again, a truly amazing arrangement… 🙂

“Timbantocka”, Dance Into The Light Tour, 1997
In this high energy drum arrangement, Phil gets everyone into the act! Yes, everyone in the band plays a drum (with the exception of Andrew Woolfolk, who plays the tambourine) with full-on passion & joy! So much fun to watch!

And my final selection is…
“Drums, Drums, and More Drums”, The First Final Farewell Tour, 2004
Collins and Thompson together again behind the kit…’nuff said! 😀
Of course Phil took the classic Collins/Thompson drum duet one step further, turning it into a drum trio by adding the passion of energy of Luis Conte on percussion to create “Drums, Drums & More Drums”
Don’t need words for this, so I’m just gonna let this amazing arrangement speak for itself…enjoy!

So that’s it for now, my fellow Phil fans! Don’t forget to sign the online petition…
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/induct-phil-collins-into-the-rock-hall-of-fame

If you’ve already signed it….Thank you…thank you….thank you…a thousand times thank you!! 🙂

And the Awards & Accolades Begin “Against All Odds”…

In a departure from the major badass attitude of Face Value and Hello, I Must Be Going, our dear Phil shifted gears and completely switched up his musical style for Against All Odds.

This piano driven ballad, which still featured Phil’s signature drum sound, was originally penned and recorded as part of his debut album Face Value. Not quite happy with this song he originally titled, How Can You Just Sit There, Phil decided to put it to rest for a while. Then, while on tour with Genesis in 1983, Phil was approached by Taylor Hackford to write & record a song for his upcoming film Against All Odds. After watching the finished film on video tape, Phil knew that How You Can Just Sit There would be a perfect fit for this film (with a few modifications of course). He went ahead and rewrote the lyrics specifically for the film, and renamed it  Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now).

As the song steadily climbed up the Billboard music charts, it became a major selling point for the movie and received an Oscar nomination in 1984 for Best Music, Original Song. Despite the Oscar nod in the form of this nomination, Phil was snubbed outright by the Academy. While all of the other artists were asked to perform their nominated songs at the awards show, sadly Phil was not (clearly the Academy has no taste!). After rearranging his Australian tour to be present at the ceremony, he had to endure what is reported as a “painfully awful” performance of his nominated song by Ann Reinking. Though videos or even clips of the performance have never been posted on youtube, I’ve heard that supposedly there were camera shots of him in the audience literally sinking in his seat, mortified and embarrassed by Ann’s performance of trying to act out the song’s lyrics rather than singing them. A talented dancer, choreographer and stage performer in her own right, this performance is rumored to have damaged her career as a Hollywood actress. Many of the articles I’ve read have indicated that the reason Phil was not invited to perform was because producers of the Academy Awards show were supposedly unaware of Phil’s rapidly rising success at that time. Even letters to Phil’s record label apologizing for the oversight refer to him as “Phil Cooper.” Excuse me but where did they come up with that?

Obviously disappointed and still maybe even just a tad pissed off afterwards, Phil never really let Ann live that performance down. Taking several potshots at her throughout the remainder of the No Jacket Required Tour, he introduced Against All Odds with humorous comments like, “Miss Ann Reinking can’t be here tonight, so it looks like I’ll have to perform my own song…”

Despite losing the Oscar to Stevie Wonder, Against All Odds did go on to become Phil’s first No. 1 song on The Billboard Hot 100 Charts and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in 1984, as well as a Golden Globe Nomination for Best Original Song. WhooHoo! Nice come back!

And that, my dear Phil Fans, was only beginning…