Phil Collins’ Son Nic Shares The Led Zeppelin Song His Father Wanted Him To Listen To


Phil Collins’ drummer son Nic Collins recently joined The Prog Report for an interview and talked about the beginnings of his drumming career. Collins revealed the story of a Led Zeppelin song that his father told him to listen to in the early days, which changed the rest of his life.

In 1996, Phil Collins left Genesis, and Ray Wilson replaced him. However, their final album with Wilson, titled ‘Calling All Stations,’ ended up being a failure and caused a hiatus. In 2007, Banks, Rutherford, and Collins reunited for the band’s ‘Turn It On Again Tour,’ and they hit the road the for the last time for 2021’s The Last Domino? Tour.

Throughout The Last Domino? Tour, Genesis performed with the touring guitarist and bassist Daryl Stuermer and Collins’ son Nic on drums. The band’s shows were quite emotional as they had a chance to see Phil Collins and his son Nic performing on the same stage together for the final time.

Speaking to The Prog Report, Nic revealed his first drum heroes. According to the drummer, his father approached him to suggest he listen to Led Zeppelin’s ‘When the Levee Breaks,’ and John Bonham ended up being his first hero. Nic also shared an interesting fact by saying that Jason Bonham also admitted that his father told him to listen to Genesis’ ‘Turn It On Again back in the day. So, while Phil Collins had respect for John Bonham’s drumming skills, Bonham also appreciated Collins’s drumming.

During the conversation, Collins remembered the following:

“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 kind of funny full-circle moment. But yeah, John Bonham was definitely my first.”

You can watch the interview and listen to the song below.