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PHIL COLLINS, WHO APPARENTLY WASN’T RETIRED, RETIRES
March 6 2011
Geneva, Switzerland – We all get old. It’s a simple reality that we understand very early on but it isn’t until we actually start to get old that we really start to understand what it means to get old. New aches and pains, going to bed earlier, strange hair
growth and loss, these are all things that quickly happen and eventually we start to see them as signs that we have indeed not only started to get old, but actually gotten that way. No longer simply an idea, age finally catches up to us.
That realization hits everyone who lives long enough, it hits school bus drivers and Presidents in exactly the same way. No matter our station in life and no matter what we have done or not done in our lives, eventually we come to understand that we have aged and there is no way to reverse that, our only choice is to accept it and move on with things. Rock stars in many ways stay young forever, but in a real physical way they age just like the rest of us, something Phil Collins has now learned the hard way. A recent announcement that he has decided to retire after forty years on the scene is confirmation of that, sending shockwaves through an entire generation of fans who are likely not only realizing their own ageing, but are also shocked that Collins hadn’t in fact retired many years ago.
“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,” said Collins. “I'm not worried about not being able to play the drums again. I’m more worried about being able to cut a loaf of bread safely or building things for my kids. I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it?"
Collins has been suffering from a series of health problems over the last few years including a nerve condition which has made drumming impossible. Decreased popularity has made continued success impossible as evidenced by the failure of his latest album released last year.
“There is little doubt that Phil Collins has had a major impact on the popular music
scene. His songs, both solo and with Genesis, were huge hits and had a real tangible impact on the way music has evolved. Many people may dismiss that influence because of the popularity but that would be misguided,” said Scrape TV Music analyst Dylan Chambers. “However, the music world has changed quite dramatically in those years and virtually no artist has been able to sustain a career over that length of time no matter how influential they were at their prime. It’s really not surprising that Collins has decided to retire after all this time, the surprise is in the fact that he hasn’t been retired for years.”
Aside from the release last year, Collins has also been working with his old band ‘Genesis’ off and on to apparently very small audiences.
“I can’t remember the last time I heard a Phil Collins song that wasn’t a Phil Collins song that I hadn’t heard a million times before. In many ways those songs, things like ‘Easy Lover’ and ‘Sussudio’ are almost like background noise, like the wind or crickets chirping, almost not like songs at all. I haven’t heard anything in recent years that has changed that perception of things,” continued Chambers. “I mean it has been a long, long time since Collins did anything that was really revolutionary or that affected the music industry but at least his music was still around, I mean it was for a long time but of course that has changed recently. Seriously, he wasn’t already retired? That is really shocking.”
Collins plans to do something or another during his retirement.
Samantha Dryden, Entertainment Correspondent