Phil Collins Quotes (41 Quotes)

    They are better than last year. They're quicker and always aggressive. I'm sure they'll challenge for the 1 AAA championship. I've got a lot of respect for them working through hard times. Really, they've got a good program now.

    I'll have the music, and then I'll just turn the microphone on, press Play and Record and sing. And whatever comes out ends up being the melody.

    I remember flying with Air India to New York quite a few years ago now and I love Indian food, so the fact that I had a curry on board was fantastic.

    Another time, we had three days off in Australia, so we went out of our way to fly to Ayres Rock.

    To be honest, producing records interests me less at the moment and I really don't want to get involved in album projects that are going to take up a lot of time.

    You know, a song is like a kid. You bring it up. And sometimes something you thought was going to be fantastic, by the time it's finished, is a bit of a disappointment.

    I'm writing new songs for a Broadway version of Tarzan, which is very interesting. I think what I learned from the Brother Bear score side of things, I've brought into the new Tarzan songs. Thinking outside just guitar, bass, drums and keyboards.

    I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis.

    Catering on planes, like on British Rail, is a standing joke, but I don't really have a problem with it. I don't quite know what people expect.

    In 1977 we played America and Europe three times, and Japan - my marriage suffered as a result. My then wife took the kids to Canada to be near her parents.

    I wish it wasn't like this. I sit and watch stuff on the television, I think, 'Why, why, why.

    When we're touring America or Europe, we use our own plane and a great advantage of that is it cuts out an awful lot of time checking in. You literally drive up to the plane, get on and then drive off at the other end.

    Often there's a BA crew, because half the time we stay at the same hotels, especially in Australia. I can remember spending quite a lot of time with crews around the pool there. They always make themselves known to us.

    I know it shouldn't make a difference, but crossing the dateline, we weren't sure what day it was - it was very strange. Now, I seem to cope with it better.

    It's always been easy with Mark, he's a rock fan and we speak the same language. He's a big Beatles fan too. We worked a lot via CLI calls, though only meeting up once every couple of months.

    Beyond a certain point, the music isn't mine anymore. It's yours.

    I don't really belong to that world and I don't think anyone's going to miss me. I'm much happier just to write myself out of the script entirely.

    I'm nice until I have a reason not to be. I work hard and people sense that. But I'm different things to different people. To the middle-aged housewife I'm some-one who looks like a little boy lost to the people who know only One More Night and Against All Odds, I'm probably this sweet and sensitive guy. But there are many other songs, many other sides. I don't like that sickly sweet image.

    They're the only ones brave enough to give me these opportunities

    I usually hang around the room listening to a bit of last night's show. If there's one available, I go to the steam room every day for my voice. I spend half an hour there and then I eat, because I can't eat later than four o'clock. Then I go for a soundcheck. That's my day.

    On the day of the show, I sit down with someone that speaks very good English and someone who speaks the local language very well and work out what I'm going to say.

    In Genesis we saw ourselves as song-writers. After Peter Gabriel left I was the first to say: 'It's OK - we can just do instrumentals.'

    The obvious questions concerning animosity between members have of course arisen. After all, both Gabriel and Collins left Genesis and found much green pastures in terms of commercial success, while the rest of Genesis fell between the cracks. But Collins is quick to squash any talk of negativity amongst them. We're all still good friends. We spent like 30 or 25 years of our life in the same office, ... Just because we don't play in the same band anymore doesn't mean we don't see each other and enjoy each other's company.

    I can't remember much about the early flights, except that it was ages before we got into First Class.

    Each thing leapfrogs. I do a Genesis project - like now, we're just finishing off an album - and then by the time the album is doing its thing, I could do nothing or I could do a film.

    And I would like to marry and have more children. I would like to try and do it right.

    When I go on Japanese Airlines, I really love it because I like Japanese food.

    If Miles Davis hadn't died it would have been interesting to do an album with him, but there wasn't much else that would have got me into the studio... although Herbie Hancock has just been in touch about doing something and that would be an interesting combination.

    No seriously... when there's families, you tend to go back to your room after the gig rather than go for a drink with the other guys. But there's always someone who's got something going, like the tour manager.

    I'm not trying necessarily to become a movie star; that wouldn't be bad but that's not the aim. I'm just trying to do interesting things and go into areas where I've not been before.

    We stayed in some pretty shabby places in Europe.

    Like last night I had a sequence with a gun and, to be honest, for me to be threatening with a gun and not be comical is quite hard.

    The day Tarzan opened in London, I sat in a hotel room and discussed the project in detail.

    I've spent the last year and a half going through a very public separation, hiding in hotel lobbies.

    I'm sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn't mean it to happen like that. It's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me.

    I do that in whatever language of the country I'm in, because the audience appreciate it.

    'Urban Renewal' was sweet because I've been - unfairly, I would say - plonked in the middle of the road because of a handful of songs. It came at a good time for me, because you do take a bit of a browbeating and, as you get older, you become better at accepting it and realizing why it happens.

    Many of the articles printed over the last few months have ended up painting a picture of me that is more than a little distorted.

    I'm usually going to make a record, finish a record, start a record or start a tour or between tours.

    I'm just trying to do things that are interesting for me.

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