'We've all got to get real jobs'
The greatest hits
Years of health troubles
The genesis of a legend
A band with many styles
Departure
Comeback
A glittering career
Not everyone is a fan
The solo years
Hit single
Mixed success in the 1990s
Other classic tunes
The Gallagher brothers
Too bland?
Influencer
Social media resurgence
Success in the world of theatre and movies
Disney collaborations
A legend bows out
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'We've all got to get real jobs'

The 'Last Domino?' tour will be the swansong of British legend Phil Collins and his band Genesis.

In London's O2 Arena, he confirmed that they would not perform again and joked that the band would have to find proper work. Though he has retired multiple times in the past, the decision this time does seem definitive.

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The greatest hits

The tour, interrupted on occasion by the COVID-19 pandemic, was a chance for fans across Britain, mainland Europe and North America to hear the band's greatest hits.

On the last few stops of the tour, Collins was forced to sit as he sang. His obvious ill health troubled fans and left many wishing him well as he exited the stage for the last time.

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Years of health troubles

Phil Collins has not had much luck with his health in recent years. In 2009, he injured a vertebrate in his neck, and the resulting surgery damaged his hands and tragically limited his ability to play the drums. More recently, he has battled diabetes, divorce, and alcoholism. In 2017, he required stitches in his eye after a freak accident.

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The genesis of a legend

After a childhood steeped in music, he joined Genesis in 1970, becoming the lead singer in 1975 after the departure of Peter Gabriel.

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A band with many styles

Despite the changing lineups in the band, something everpresent was their desire to experiment and alter their sound. Once Collins became more established in Genesis, their lyrics became more personal and the songs appealed greatly to their female fans.

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Departure

Collins announced his departure from Genesis in 1996, after 25 years in the band. He left after the biggest tour in their history ('Invisible Touch Tour') and numerous number 1 singles. In fact, the album's five singles all charted in the USA, meaning that Genesis equalled records set by Madonna and Michael Jackson.

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Comeback

This absence from the group lasted for ten years, and Collins explained the decision by saying that he wanted to dedicate more time to his solo work, jazz and movie soundtracks.

As we know, Genesis survived in one form or another, on and off, over the last few years, culminating in their greatest hits tour.

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A glittering career

All good things come to an end, but Genesis leaves behind a stunning legacy. They are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, and they have sold an estimated 150 million albums worldwide. Furthermore, they influenced bands like The Human League, Echo and the Bunnymen and Queen.

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Not everyone is a fan

It wasn't all sunshine and roses for the band. Legendary DJ John Peel and iconic singer Joe Strummer criticised Genesis for being boring and selling out, while fans of different iterations of the band reportedly hate one another.

These are criticisms that have been levelled at Phil Collins during his solo career as well.

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The solo years

His first solo album was 1981's 'Face Value', and it was subsequently certified as 5-times Platinum.

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Hit single

The best song from that album, 'In the Air Tonight', which is commonly cited as the quintessential Phil Collins song, reached number one in six countries.

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Mixed success in the 1990s

His solo efforts in the 1990s were not well received, and it took his greatest hits compilation, released in 1998, to reignite his career.

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Other classic tunes

As a solo artist, he also leaves behind a great body of work. Songs like 'Another Day in Paradise' (1989) and 'Dance into the Light' (1996) are undeniable classics. The former shows Phil's social consciousness, while the latter reveals how much fun the English musician can have while singing.

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The Gallagher brothers

Many of his contemporaries in the music business have sung his praises over the years, but he has also had many detractors. Notoriously, the brothers from Oasis, Liam and Noel, slammed Collins by saying that his popularity did not mean he was talented.

 

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Too bland?

When an artist becomes too big, there is often a pushback against them. In 'American Psyhco' (2000), the protagonist Patrick Bateman calls out Phil Collins for being too boring in a humorous tirade. It became the cool thing to hate on the English singer.

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Influencer

The singer's reputation has been making a comeback in the wider popular culture, as evidenced by 2007's iconic Cadburys advert featuring a gorilla playing along to 'In the Air Tonight'. The spot was voted the best advert in UK history. Aside from that, rappers like Eminem, 2Pac and Kanye West have praised Phil Collins in their lyrics.

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Social media resurgence

In 2020, a video featuring two students bopping along to Phil Collins for the first time went viral on YouTube, propelling the singer to the top of the US college radio charts. Clearly, a new generation is discovering and appreciating the artist.

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Success in the world of theatre and movies

His successful career has touched the world of cinema and theatre. His first role was uncredited in 'A Hard Day's Night' (1964), which was a feature made by The Beatles. He also played the Artful Dodger on stage, but he had to quit when his voice broke. In his teenage years, he decided to dedicate his life to music instead of movies.

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Disney collaborations

Phil Collins, pictured here at the 'Brother Bear' premiere in New York, has worked on two Disney movie soundtracks. The aforementioned 'Brother Bear' (2003) and 'Tarzan' (1999). For Tarzan, he won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

 

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A legend bows out

Once described as the hardest working man in showbiz, Phil Collins can now take a well-earned break. Despite the many ups and downs in his career, his legacy is secure.

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