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Best 51 Quotes by Phil Collins – Page 1 of 2

“All I set out to do was to earn a living playing drums, you know? And as luck would have it, I've surpassed that.”

“As soon as you start making a record, things start getting lined up: the promotion, possibly even a tour.”

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

“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.”

“Everything has added up to a load that I'm getting tired of carrying. It's gotten so complicated. It's the three failed marriages, and having kids that grew up without me, and it's the personal criticism, of being Mr. Nice Guy, or of divorcing my wife by fax, all that stuff, the journalism, some of which I find insulting.”

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

“I can't play anywhere near like I used to, and I was a hot drummer. It doesn't bother me, because frankly, if you get to that point where you can't hold a drumstick properly, there are many other things in life which are far more important, like cutting a loaf of bread or a piece of cheese.”

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

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

“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 have never been a Conservative, or at least not since being a young teenager. My father voted Conservative, and even his doing that was a hangover from the '50s and '60s, which may have been an influence on me.”

“I joined Genesis when I was 19. I've earned the right to actually do nothing. I don't want to be a shadow of what I was, so I've kind of just quite willingly stood back.”

“I just don't think of myself as a star. This is what I do for a living; I'm fortunate that I make ends meet.”

“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.”

“I prefer black music in general.”

“I started drumming around the same time I came across this part of American history. But there seemed to be a way forward playing drums. There didn't seem to be a way forward being fascinated by a piece of history.”

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“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.”

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

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

“I'm not a singer who plays a bit of drums. I'm a drummer that sings a bit.”

“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.”

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

“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've bought pretty much every book ever written about the Alamo, and I talk to my friends that I've made over the past 15, 20 years. It's just a constant learning and fascinating thing for me.”

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

“If a musician dares to get out of the box he's been put in, people get confused. They want people where they can find them! I am fortunate in some respects as I've always been known as someone who 'moves around' and tries different things. But generally, we are supposed to stay where we're put.”

“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.”

“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.”

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“You can't base your life on other people's expectations.”


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