Phil Collins Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets


27th March 2017

Fact: Prince's old backing band The New Power Generation are to support Phil Collins at his 30 June (17) headline show at the British Summer Time event in London's Hyde Park. The group, who collaborated with the late Purple Rain singer on albums including 1991's Diamonds and Pearls and Prince's 1992 record, commonly known as the Love Symbol Album, join a bill also including KC and The Sunshine Band, Blondie, Mike + The Mechanics and Starsailor.


30th January 2017

Fact: Blondie has been added to the British Summer Time Festival line-up. The band, fronted by Debbie Harry, will be supporting Phil Collins’ headline gig on Friday 30 June (17) at London’s Hyde Park. The Killers, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are also headlining shows at the annual summer festival, which runs until 9 July.


23rd November 2016

Quote: "I admire Jack Nicholson. He's so honest as an actor, down to his hair. It's always out of place." Rocker Phil Collins on his favourite Hollywood star.


22nd November 2016

Quote: "I just walked out of CBS (TV Studios) and there were people outside that wanted me to sign something. In the old days, it would be fans. Now it's people selling something on eBay. I wish there was a chip in someone's neck saying "real fan", because it's not my style to diss people that have been waiting in the cold." Rocker Phil Collins doesn't like the idea that some things he signs for 'fans' are immediately offered up to the highest bidder online.


12th January 2016

Quote: "I find it sobering when people of your era start falling off. I didn't know he was battling cancer. I don't think too many people did. Bowie was heralded. Everybody seemed to like David. He was always interesting. He was always doing something that was not inside the box, always reinventing himself. You never knew what to expect and that made him one of a kind." Phil Collins adds his tribute to those pouring in for David Bowie, who lost his battle with cancer on Sunday (10Jan16).


12th November 2015

Fact: Former Genesis star Phil Collins bought Jennifer Lopez's sprawling Miami Beach, Florida estate so he could be closer to his sons, Nicholas and Matthew, who moved to the city with their mother, the rocker's ex-wife Orianne Cevey.


11th November 2015

Quote: "My kids are 10 and 14, and they want to see what their dad does. They were in nappies when I was last on the road." Phil Collins reveals his sons Nicholas and Matthew inspired him to come out of retirement and tour again. The former Genesis star is planning dates for next year (16).


28th October 2015

Quote: "I was flattered. Then I made the mistake of reading the replies: 'You f**king turd!' Et cetera. My problem is that I believe that stuff. I don't believe I'm the Godfather of Popular Culture, of course not, but I do believe that I could be a turd." Phil Collins was upset by online comments after a newspaper hailed him as a key influence on modern youth.


18th June 2015

Fact: British rocker Phil Collins is set to move into Jennifer Lopez's former seven-bedroom mansion in Miami Beach, Florida. The singer/actress sold the villa in 2005 for $13.9 million (£8.7 million), and its most recent owner recently has handed the keys over to the former Genesis star after he snapped it up for an estimated $33 million (£20.6 million). The bayfront home boasts a wine cellar, an outdoor kitchen and a pool.


22nd April 2014

Quote: "Don't let the accent fool you! I always say that I'm going home when I come to England. I love L.A. (Los Angeles) but I feel Britain is where my heart lies. When I go back to our house in West Sussex (England), I spend my days reading by the lake and drinking tea." Phil Collins' actress daughter Lily Collins, who was born in the U.K. and raised in Los Angeles from the age of five, still considers England home.


3rd December 2013

Quote: "I have started thinking about doing new stuff. Some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven't been there yet." Phil Collins is planning a comeback a year after announcing plans to turn his back on music.


4th April 2012

Fact: Sir Elton John used to babysit for actress Lily Collins as a favour to her father, Phil Collins.


10th May 2011

Quote: "My grandmother bought me my first Chanel bag before she passed away, and I feel like I'm always carrying my family with me when I wear it." Actress Lily Collins, daughter of rocker Phil Collins, treasures the designer item gifted to her by her late grandma.


18th November 2010

Quote: "I was never offered that piece of cake. It is an ambition of mine, though... I wouldn't mind." Phil Collins would like to experience a sex threesome.


12th November 2010

Quote: "I was never offered that piece of cake... I wouldn't mind." Single rocker Phil Collins is intrigued by the prospect of threesomes.


24th September 2010

Quote: "She's a very sweet girl, sweet lady. But I'm not going to get married again. I think I'm better off on my own." Phil Collins is adamant he won't settle down with his girlfriend, American news anchor Dana Tyler.


24th September 2010

Quote: "I'm very proud of the fact that we go out and sit at the same table. It's what life should be like. And it often isn't, because people take sides." Phil Collins is delighted he remains on good terms with his three ex-wives - and they all enjoy each others company.


7th September 2010

Quote: "Yesterday, I heated up a can of soup and ate in front of the television. At one point, I looked at the empty soup can and thought, 'I wonder if Madonna does this?' I'm sure she doesn't!" Phil Collins insists he's too lazy to cook.


7th September 2010

Quote: "Her success is incredible. Soon, she'll be making a movie with the guys from Twilight. I'm not really familiar with Twilight myself, I just see those young stallions in the magazines. One of them is always naked." Phil Collins is proud his daughter LILY has landed a role opposite TWILIGHT hunk Taylor Lautner in the forthcoming thriller ABDUCTION.


5th August 2010

Quote: "I can see why I wasn't in the final cut... I was in the last scene with all these kids, but I had this pristine white bandage round my head 'cos I had this big cyst on the side." Phil Collins wasn't surprised his moment of glory in cult family film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was cut.


5th August 2010

Quote: "I represent something to some people, and I am never gonna get round that... So, what I decided in the last couple of years was to write myself out of the script: 'I am not going to change anything, so I will disappear. I will fall under a train somewhere.'" Phil Collins accepts many critics hate him and will never warm to him.


5th August 2010

Quote: "I sold my train set to buy a full (drum) kit. It was actually my brother's train set. He said to me a couple of years ago, 'You keep saying it was yours but it was my f**king train set.'" Phil Collins comes clean about selling off his brother's toys.


21st November 2008

Fact: A sexy new InStyle magazine photoshoot of ROB PATTINSON and his TWILIGHT castmates took place at the Los Angeles home of rocker Phil Collins' ex-wife.


22nd June 2008

Quote: "It's angry people shouting. I like a song, melodies, people singing... (and) when hip-hop acts start sampling Sting or Phil Collins, then I just don't get it at all." Former The Jam star Paul Weller is not a fan of modern rap or hip-hop.


13th September 2007

Quote: "There's a very vocal element that wants to hear the PETER (GABRIEL)-era stuff, before we apparently 'sold out'." Phil Collins admits Genesis fans want more from the group's reunion tour.


3rd June 2007

Quote: "Halfway through the first verse, I said, 'I don't really want to sing this. I don't know what it's about.'" Phil Collins on why Genesis won't be performing classic hit ABACAB on their reunion tour.


1st June 2007

Quote: "As the stage lights tilt and hit the audience, we get blinded by the reflection off all the eyeglasses and balding pates." Genesis star Phil Collins on the reunited group's ageing fans.


11th September 2006

Quote: "I appreciate it and I love going to his concerts. It's on my iPod but I don't play it." Phil Collins' daughter LILY is only a half-hearted fan of her dad's music.


24th May 2006

Quote: "I hate Simon Cowell with a vengeance. I think all three of them (judges) should take a hike! The concept has grown so quickly, that it has now burned itself out into this contest of abuse." Phil Collins is no fan of US TV talent show American Idol.


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