Phil Collins

Founder Of Rock Music Group ‘Yes’ Dead At 65

Former guitarist and founder of the rock music group Yes — Pete Banks — has died at the age of 65.

The rocker passed away at his home in London on March 8, according to a post on his website.

Former Yes star Billy Sherwood confirmed the news via Facebook.com, writing, “Peter very recently played on the new prog collective 2 project I’m writing/producing, as well as the days between stations record I worked on. As a Yes fan… this is sad news indeed. It was an honor to work with Peter on many productions. He will be missed!!!”

Banks co-founded Yes with his former The Syn bandmate Chris Squire in 1968, and played on the group’s self-titled debut album and the follow-up Time and a Word.

The guitarist quit the group in 1970 and formed the new band Flash. He also performed and recorded with Zox & the Radar Boys, which featured a young Phil Collins.

Banks enjoyed two decades of critical acclaim as a solo artist with albums including The Two Sides of Peter Banks and Instinct.

He reunited with Yes in 1991 for a concert in Los Angeles and collaborated with his former bandmates on the 1997 album Something’s Coming: The BBC Recordings 1969-1970.

Paying tribute to the late guitarist via Twitter.com, collaborator and friend Steve Hackett writes, “I’m sorry to hear of Peter Banks’ passing… a great pal and a great guitarist.”

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Phil Collins Quitting Music Due to Health Problems

His back hurts from a dislocated vertebra. He’s lost some of his hearing. Nerve damage makes it hard for him to hold his drumsticks. The decades of rock and roll have taken their toll on Phil Collins – both from the wear-and-tear on his body and the pain from the constant barbs from critics. After seven Grammys, 13 hit singles and an Oscar for a song from Disney’s Tarzan, he’s decided to call it quits from the music industry. “I don’t really belong to that world and I don’t think anyone’s going to miss me,” Collins, 60, tells FHM, according to Time magazine.

Source: People.com
In The Air Tonight

Phil Collins Day Celebrated in Brooklyn, NY

Phil Collins is from London, England, but that didn’t stop the residents of Brooklyn, New York from celebrating his genius earlier this week. According to the Huffington Post, the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint celebrated its fifth annual Phil Collins Day on Tuesday, February 15th, and it attracted 250 participants, as well as dancers, floats and a marching band that played the Genesis hit “I Can’t Dance.”  Some even wore Phil Collins masks as they sang songs written by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. 
 
Why did this even happen? The organizer of the event, Heather Feather, told Gothamist.com that she started it as a reaction to Valentine’s Day when, she said, she “watched with disgust and awkward sadness as the halls of our high school filled with red balloons and thorny roses.” We’re not sure why Phil is the antidote to Valentine’s Day, but Feather said, “It’s spread to all corners of the [Internet], and as exciting as that seems, it also makes me a little nervous.” 

Rocker Phil Collins Talks Suicidal Tendencies

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Phil Collins has opened up about his suicidal thoughts in a dark new magazine interview.
The rocker admits he has contemplated taking his own life at times when things in his personal and professional lives become too much.
In a gloomy new Rolling Stone interview, the former Genesis star says, “I wouldn’t blow my head off. I’d overdose or do something that didn’t hurt.
“A comedian who committed suicide in the Sixties left a note saying, ‘Too many things went wrong too often.’ I often think about that.” But Collins insists his kids always make him step back from the edge: “I wouldn’t do that (commit suicide) to the children.” He admits decades of criticism have taken their toll, and he’s planning to end his career after he’s finished promotional work for new Motown covers album, Going Back.
He adds, “I sometimes think I’m going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story. Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say, ‘What happened to Phil?’ And the answer will be, ‘He got murdered, but, yeah, anyway, let’s carry on.’ That kind of thing.”
Going Back

Phil Collins Comes back Strong With "Going Back"

Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins has announced the U.S. release of his hugely anticipated new album, “GOING BACK.”  The legendary artist’s first full-length solo work in eight years arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on Tuesday, September 28th.

“GOING BACK” is a deeply personal labor of love that finds the eight-time Grammy winner faithfully recreating the Motown and soul music that played such an influential role in his creative life.  The album – Collins’ eighth solo studio recording – will be available in a number of digital and physical editions, with exclusive extras including 7 bonus tracks, a 90-minute DVD making-of documentary, and limited edition lyric sheet lithograph.  In addition, a very special “Singles Box” comprising 30 tracks across 15 vinyl 7” singles is also on offer – for complete details, please visit www.philcollins.com/us.
“GOING BACK” has quickly proven a worldwide phenomenon, receiving platinum certification in Germany and gold certification in both France and the United Kingdom after little more than one week in release.  The album hit #1 in the UK this week as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands.  “GOING BACK” has seen top 3 sales in Germany, France, Austria, and New Zealand, as well as top 5 successes in Switzerland and Italy.
“GOING BACK” has received unanimous critical acclaim from all corners of the globe.  “So faithfully have Collins and his confreres recreated ‘The Sound of Young America’ – shimmering tambourines drowning out drums, bass compressed to a fat, distorted throb – that it’s hard not to be swept along,” declared BBC Music, which also named the collection as BBC Radio 2’s “Album of the Week.” “You have to take your hat off to Phil Collins,” hailed England’s Daily Express, noting “the 59-year-old singer zips through a selection of mostly-Motown classics like ‘Jimmy Mack’ and ‘Uptight’ with the verve, energy, and wit of a man reborn.”
Closer to home, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer praised Collins for having “a way of personalizing a song, not so much to make it his own but to convince listeners its theirs… He succeeds most in doing so on relative obscurities like the Ronettes’ ‘Do I Love You?’ and the Temptations’ ‘Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue),’ both evoking an air of wistful romance.  Another noteworthy highlight is the Stevie Wonder ballad, ‘Blame It On the Sun,’ which Collins renders with empathy and striking conviction.”
Collins will celebrate the release of “GOING BACK” with a number of high-profile TV appearances and radio interviews, including NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, September 28th, and Headline News’ The Joy Behar Show on Wednesday, September 29th.  In addition, he will take part in a very special installment of WNYC radio’s Soundcheck, airing live from The Green Space in New York City on Tuesday, September 28th at 2PM ET.  Phil also recently joined host Michael Kay for an in-depth conversation on the YES Network’s Centerstage.
Earlier this summer, Collins heralded “GOING BACK” with a series of seven intimate, SRO shows – including a 3-night stand at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom.  One of the shows was filmed for a concert special entitled “Phil Collins ‘Going Back’ Motown Special Live from Roseland” that is currently airing on Comcast’s ON DEMAND network through October 31st. 
On stage, Phil brought his homage to life with a big band anchored by three members of Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers studio team – bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette – who are also featured on the album.  The live band also included long-time Collins cohorts Chester Thompson (drums), Daryl Stuermer (guitar), and Brad Cole (keyboards), plus Leslie Smith (percussion). Rounding out the ensemble was a five-member horn section and six backing vocalists.
In its review of the New York show, Rolling Stone enthused:  “…Collins pulled it off.  Backed by a killer 18-piece band, he got most everybody in the Roseland Ballroom dancing to classics by Steve Wonder, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Ronettes… From the moment he took the stage and burst into ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,’ it was clear this music was much closer to his heart than even some of his own hits.  Every nuance of the original arrangements was meticulously recreated…” 
Staged as an “old school” style dance concert, the shows prompted Time Out New York to state, “No fancy stadium gimmickry here, but in Phil-style parlance, a bloody lovely show.”  “It was when he dug deeper into the archives that the show blossomed,” said The Hollywood Reporter.  “Collins’ talents as a balladeer were showcased in such songs as ‘Blame It On The Sun’ and ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer’ (both by Wonder) and especially on the Goffin/King reverie ‘Going Back,’ the lyrics of which encapsulate the rationale for the whole project.” 

While in the past Collins has paid tribute to his roots by covering some of his favorite songs – including “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “A Groovy Kind Of Love,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “True Colours,” and others – this marks the first time in his 30-year solo career that he has devoted an entire project to the work of other songwriters and performers.
“The ‘60s were without doubt a pinnacle of the songwriting, producing and performing art,” Collins comments in the liner notes to “GOING BACK.”  “My aim in finally making this record was to see if it was possible for me to recapture the sound and the feelings I got from listening to these songs the first time around.  I’ve always loved covering other people’s songs, and this collection is something I’ve been burning to do.”
Legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier hailed “GOING BACK”:  “Recording an album of Motown covers can be tricky, but I have to say this album has exceeded my expectations.  Phil Collins has truly given us the real thing vocally, instrumentally, and production-wise… It’s spectacular, making it impossible to pick a favorite because they’re all masterfully done.”
The career of Phil Collins is one that, by any measure, stands among the most creative, prolific, and impressive in the history of modern music.  It is a career that really has been many careers – musician, singer, composer, producer, actor – from art rock beginnings to pop stardom, from big band leader to film soundtracks and Broadway.  It has been an exceptional musical life spanning four decades, some 100 million solo albums sold (250 million if you count his work with Genesis), an extraordinary string of hits, eight Grammy Awards, an Oscar, two Golden Globes, five BRIT Awards, numerous industry accolades, and, above all, an inestimable influence on countless fellow artists and passionate fans around the globe.
Going Back

Phil Collins Goes Back Onstage To Preview

Atlantic recording artist Phil Collins has wrapped up a whirlwind string of live performances heralding the forthcoming release of his new studio album, “Going Back,” due September 28th. Collins played seven intimate, SRO shows – a pair at Philadelphia’s venerable Electric Factory, three at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, one in London for ITV1 television, and capping the run with a special Montreux Jazz Festival show in his adopted country of Switzerland.

“Going Back” is a deeply personal labor of love that finds the eight-time Grammy winner faithfully recreating the Motown and soul music that played such an influential role in his creative life (see complete track listing below). On stage, Phil brought his homage to life with a big band anchored by three members of Motown’s legendary Funk Brothers studio team – bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette – who are also featured on the album. The live band also included long-time Collins cohorts Chester Thompson (drums), Daryl Stuermer (guitar), and Brad Cole (keyboards), plus Leslie Smith (percussion). Rounding out the ensemble was a five-member horn section and six backing vocalists.

In its review of the New York show, Rolling Stone enthused: “…Collins pulled it off. Backed by a killer 18-piece band, he got most everybody in the Roseland Ballroom dancing to classics by Steve Wonder, the Temptations, Smokey Robinson and the Ronettes… From the moment he took the stage and burst into ‘Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,’ it was clear this music was much closer to his heart than even some of his own hits. Every nuance of the original arrangements was meticulously recreated…” The shows were staged as an “old school” style dance concert, prompting Time Out New York to state, “No fancy stadium gimmickry here, but in Phil-style parlance, a bloody lovely show.”

“It was when he dug deeper into the archives that the show blossomed,” said The Hollywood Reporter. “Collins’s talents as a balladeer were showcased in such songs as ‘Blame It On The Sun’ and ‘Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer’ (both by Wonder) and especially on the Goffin/King reverie “Going Back,” the lyrics of which encapsulate the rationale for the whole project.” “Going Back” was also singled out by The New York Times’ Jon Pareles, who noted that“Mr. Collins put his own stamp on the album’s title track.”

Coinciding with his Roseland shows, on June 17th Collins received the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the organization’s annual gala awards dinner in New York City. Collins – who was inducted into the Hall in 2003 – joined an esteemed list of past Mercer Award winners that includes several legendary composers whose work he celebrates on “GOING BACK,” including Holland-Dozier-Holland, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, and Carole King. Among this year’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame was Earth, Wind & Fire’s Philip Bailey, and the pair seized the moment to perform their smash duet from 1984, “Easy Lover.”

While in the past Collins has paid tribute to his roots by covering some of his favorite songs – including “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “A Groovy Kind Of Love,” “Tomorrow Never Knows,” “True Colours,” and others – this marks the first time in his 30-year solo career that he has devoted an entire project to the work of other songwriters and performers.

“The ‘60s were without doubt a pinnacle of the songwriting, producing and performing art,” Collins comments in the liner notes to “GOING BACK.”
“My aim in finally making this record was to see if it was possible for me to recapture the sound and the feelings I got from listening to these songs the first time around. I’ve always loved covering other people’s songs, and this collection is something I’ve been burning to do.”

Legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier hailed “GOING BACK”: “Recording an album of Motown covers can be tricky, but I have to say this album has exceeded my expectations. Phil Collins has truly given us the real thing vocally, instrumentally, and production-wise… It’s spectacular, making it impossible to pick a favorite because they’re all masterfully done.”

The career of Phil Collins is one that, by any measure, stands among the most creative, prolific, and impressive in the history of modern music. It is a career that really has been many careers – musician, singer, composer, producer, actor – from art rock beginnings to pop stardom, from big band leader to film soundtracks and Broadway. It has been an exceptional musical life spanning four decades, some 100 million solo albums sold (250 million if you count his work with Genesis), an extraordinary string of hits, eight Grammy Awards, an Oscar, two Golden Globes, five BRIT Awards, numerous industry accolades, and, above all, an inestimable influence on countless fellow artists and passionate fans around the globe.