The Band Phil Collins Considered Joining By Leaving Genesis
Phil Collins has been the singer and the drummer of Genesis for half a century, and he has built a good reputation with the band. Even before Genesis, it was impossible to separate Collins from his drums. He had been playing the instrument since he was five years old, and if it were up to him, he wouldn’t quit at all.
Unfortunate health issues got between him and his drums recently. After going through surgery from his vertebrae, the integrity of his hands couldn’t handle holding a drumstick. Therefore, the drummer is now only singing while his 20-year-old son Nicholasplays the drums to help the band complete their tour. It has been a sad year for Genesis as Collins announced that this is his last tour with the band.
Even though he had an enjoyable career with Genesis throughout his life and gained a lot of fame and benefits from the band, Collins had another band in his heart that would have been worth quitting Genesis for. He stated in 2020 that he even proposed to the band that he would love to replace their late drummer.
Phil Collins Wanted The Who To Replace Keith Moon With Him
In a 2020 interview, Collins revealed that after Keith Moon passed away in 1978, he told The Who to hire him as their new drummer. At the time, the Who was looking for a new drummer and although Collins had been in Genesis for eight years, he offered to quit. Unfortunately, he was too late to propose to the band as they had already asked Kenny Jones.
Here is how he explained his proposal and refusal in 2020:
“I played Uncle Ernie in Tommy [in a 1989 concert with The Who], which I loved doing, though it was very politically incorrect – playing a pedophile. But it was great because I was with the Who. I was working with Townshend just after Moon died [in 1978], and I said to him, ‘Have you got anybody to play the drums? Because I’d love to do it. I’ll leave Genesis.’
And Pete said, ‘Fuck, we’ve just asked Kenney Jones.’ Because Kenney Jones, unbeknown to most people, played on stuff when Keith was too out of it. He was far too polite for the Who. But I would have done the job. I would have joined them.”
The Who is considered one of the most influential rock bands of all time, and they have inspired many iconic bands like Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Queen. Also, many legendary names like Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, and Elton John. Therefore, it is understandable that it would have been a life-changing moment for him if The Who had recruited Collins.