Phil Collins says he would have left Genesis for The Who, doesn’t seem to like Paul McCartney much

philcollinsPhil Collins has been in the headlines lately after he announced his comeback tour this week. And during his press sessions over the past couple of days, a couple interesting tidbits have come out.

One surfaced during a Guardian webchat where he said if given the chance, he would have taken over as the drummer for The Who after Keith Moon’s death in 1978.

“Absolutely would have joined The Who. I would have left Genesis to join The Who,” Collins said, per NME. “But they’ve got a great drummer now in Zak Starkey, he’s fantastic. Someone with the balls that Keith Moon had.”

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Another came out in an interview with The Sunday Times. Collins hinted that he may have some beef with Paul McCartney after a run-in they had in 2002.

“I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party back in 2002. McCartney came up with Heather Mills and I had a first edition of The Beatles, by Hunter Davies, and I said, ‘Hey, Paul, do you mind signing this for me?’” Collins said, per Consequence of Sound. “And he said, ‘Oh, Heather, our little Phil’s a bit of a Beatles fan.’ And I thought, ‘You fuck, you fuck.’ Never forgot it.”

Those weren’t the only harsh words Collins had for McCartney.

“He has this thing when he’s talking to you, where he makes you feel [like], ‘I know this must be hard for you because I’m a Beatle,” Collins said. “I’m Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.’”

Collins’s “Not Dead Yet” tour currently has just a few European dates set for next June. Collins, who retired in 2011 after nerve damage affected his ability to play the drums, said he will primarily be singing during the tour while his 15-year old son Nicholas will be filling his spot on the drums.

The dates are below:

6/04/17: London (Royal Albert Hall)
6/05: London (Royal Albert Hall)
6/07: London (Royal Albert Hall)
6/08: London (Royal Albert Hall)
6/09: London (Royal Albert Hall)
6/11: Cologne (Lanxess Arena)
6/12: Cologne (Lanxess Arena)
6/18: Paris (Accors Hotel Arena)
6/19: Paris (Accors Hotel Arena)

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