Phil Collins’ Son Nic Names The Two Drummers That First Inspired Him

Genesis icon Phil Collins’ son and drummer Nic Collins revealed the two drum players that influenced him the most throughout his career during his recent conversation with The Prog Report. Collins didn’t forget to mention his father’s wish to listen to a well-known Led Zeppelin song.

Keyboardist Tony Banks, drummer and singer Phil Collins, and guitarist Mike Rutherford reunited after 13 years for their The Last Domino Tour. It started in Birmingham on September 20, 2021, and ended in London on March 26, 2022, and two new musicians, Daryl Stuermer and Nic Collins joined them. Nic took over his father’s duty as a drummer because his father’s health conditions didn’t let him play drums.

His performance got critical acclaim, and the longtime fans realized the son was as talented as the father. Moreover, like almost every musician, Nic Collins has his muses that shaped his style and musical journey in the rock music scene from the beginning of it, and he wanted to share them in his interview. The young drummer named Led Zepplin’s John Bonham and Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith as his influences.

Additionally, Nic stated that Phil Collins advised him to listen to Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ a country blues cover from their fourth studio album, at the beginning of his career as a drummer. Bonham’s performance fascinated him like many other next-generation musicians who wanted to be successful. Therefore it’s not surprising that Bonham was one of his drum heroes along with Smith.

In Collins’ words, he said:

“When I moved to Miami, that’s really when I started taking it a bit more seriously and finding my own way about the music I liked and the drummers I liked. I mean, among the first drum heroes I had was John Bonham. I remember my dad being like, ‘You have to listen to ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ and that changed my life when I heard that song.

Funnily enough, I’ve grown quite close to Jason Bonham for the past few years, and he told me that his dad told him to play ‘Turn It On Again’ back in the day. So, I thought that was such a funny full-circle moment, but John Bonham was definitely my first, and Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers. They were the first kind of real two figureheads in my life as far as drumming goes.”

You can check out the interview below.