Breaking News: The Struggle of a Drummer

Usually, I try to be generally funny and positive in my choice of post topics. Unfortunately, there is something that is weighing so heavily on my mind that I can’t help but share it with you.

Phil Collins

For some time now, ex-drummer and sometime singer of Genesis Phil Collins has been battling perhaps the largest set back in his professional career. Last September, he announced on the Genesis website that he had underwent neck surgery in an attempt to heal nerve damage brought on by poor posture while drumming during Genesis’s 2007 world tour.  The This news shocked and dismayed many, but Collins was ultimately optimistic saying, “Maybe in a year or so it will change, but for now it is impossible for me to play drums or piano. I am not in any ‘distressed’ state, stuff happens in life.”

Unfortunately, things have yet to turn around for the drumming legend. Phil Collins is still drumming away, currently working on an album of Motown covers (why, we’re not sure) but in order to play anything, he is forced to tape the sticks to his hands. But even despite this frustrating setback, Collins still is managing to remain upbeat about his injury.

Rolling Stone recently got in touch with the drummer, where he lightheartedly told them that taping drums sticks to his hands was “like wearing a condom” and that his biggest concern with it was that it “cramps your style”. Obviously this is a diminution of the problem, but he still finds hope in this dark situation. As he says in the article,”Three years ago I didn’t know I’d be in this position and three years from now it may not be like this.”

But all news is bad surrounding Phil. Two Mondays ago, Genesis was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although Peter Gabriel was not in attendance due to his busy European tour schedule, Collins, Mike Rutherford, Steve Hackett and Tony Banks were honored at the ceremony with covers of “Watcher in the Skies” and “No Reply At All” by the jam band Phish.

Here’s their Trey Anastasio’s introduction and Genesis’ acceptance speeches and footage of the Phish performance:

Despite Anastasio’s nerdy theses on “the power of Genesis”, he hits on something true: “the point of music is community, not the player. Musicians are simply channels to link the audience to the music and each other. Genesis understood that always.”

Hopefully Phil Collins realizes that although he may be out of commission for the time being, he is still an inspiration and a role model to many, including myself.

So here’s to a speedy recovery, Phil.






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3 responses to “Breaking News: The Struggle of a Drummer

  1. I don’t know Josh. I’m very tempted to say this was your weakest blog post to date. Don’t get me wrong, I love Phil – and Genesis – but, old guys with neck and back problems are a dime-a-dozen. Are you trying to get me to feel sorry for Phil, or just make excuses for the quality slide of his drumming? Hey josh, I’m only 53, and I don’t do alot of things as well as I used to (wink-wink). How old is Phil now? Your Fan, Terry

    • Oh no! I’m glad I’m getting a piece of your mind, Terry.

      Mr. Collins just celebrated the big 6-0 in January, and although he’s got quite a few years on, say, Dave Grohl, Buddy Rich was drumming right up until the moment he died at the spry age of 147 (actually, 69).

      So call me a bleeding heart, but I do feel sorry for him. The poor guy sits down at his kit, only to have the drum sticks fly out of his hands because he can’t grip them properly. Maybe I emphasize with him more as a fellow drummer. I don’t know. But thanks for your candor Terry, and I hope I haven’t deterred you from reading the Blog.

      On an unrelated note – who would you say is your all time favorite artist?

      • Josh I LOVE your blog! I learn a lot about music here that I might never listen to – because I didn’t know it was there before reading about it right here. You do your thing baby!

        My favorite band? Steely Dan. My favorite drummer? John Bonham. Of course you weren’t on the planet yet when Led Zepp changed the world, but I won’t hold that against you – LOL!

        Much love from one of your “Older” Fans – Terry

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