Phil Collins is wary of haters

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ

Phil Collins, the for­mer Gen­e­sis drum­mer whose earnest bal­lads made him a star in the 1980s, is pen­ning songs again. Al­though he dreads the idea of ex­tended tour­ing be­cause it would take him away from his five chil­dren, Collins says he has missed the cre­ativ­ity of mu­sic since he re­tired in 2010.

“i’ve de­cided i kind of missed that writ­ing cre­ative stuff, so i’m try­ing to get back into writ­ing, and that’s get­ting into a cer­tain headspace and per­sonal drive,” Collins said.

There’s no magic for get­ting into the groove, “just bang­ing away at it,” he said. Some­times the lyrics come first, some­times the mu­sic.

“i’ve got some lyri­cal ideas on pa­per that are good. i’ve started to thrash around at the pi­ano. A lot of it is hit and miss,” he said. “All you need is some­thing to hang an idea on and you’re off.”

Collins got his start as the drum­mer for Gen­e­sis in the 1970s be­fore be­com­ing a solo star with hits such as In The Air Tonight and Against All Odds.

Collins said putting on live shows is fun, but he doesn’t like miss­ing his chil­dren’s birthdays.

“i’ve been like that pretty much most of my life, and i don’t want to do that any­more,” he said.

Collins has three adult chil­dren from his first two mar­riages and two young sons with Ori­anne. They di­vorced in 2008.

Pressed when he might hit the road again, he said it wouldn’t be be­fore the end of next year. he didn’t say whether it would be a solo show or a Gen­e­sis re­union.

Collins said he gets a kick out of watch­ing his con­certs with his young sons Ni­cholas and Matthew.

he said they ask him tough ques­tions, like why he makes a crazy laugh on the sin­gle Mama from Gen­e­sis’ 1983 self-ti­tled al­bum. The an­swer: it was trib­ute to the grand­daddy of hip hop Grand­mas­ter Flash.

“But they don’t know who Grand­mas­ter Flash is,” he said. Collins cred­its his boys’ in­ter­est in his con­certs for en­cour­ag­ing him to even con­sider get­ting back on the stage.

Crit­ics also give him pause about re­turn­ing.

“i can’t be­lieve that amount of hate that is out there,” he said, re­fer­ring to the on­line re­ac­tion to his dec­la­ra­tion ear­lier this year that he might con­sider tour­ing.

Even af­ter all these years, the Gram­myand Os­car-win­ning artiste still takes crit­ics to heart. Over the years, they’ve of­ten panned his pop tunes for be­ing safe, bland and over­pro­duced.

“Know­ing that i’m just think­ing of it, and some­one say­ing, ‘ No, God, please don’t do that!’ it kind of un­der­mines your con­fi­dence,” he said. “We’re all sen­si­tive chaps, you know.”

Collins said he was pleas­antly sur­prised at how cer­tain songs have held up over time, such as Easy Lover and In The Air Tonight, which was fea­tured in the 1980s hit TV show Mi­ami Vice.

“That’s go­ing to be on my head­stone. he came. he wrote In The Air Tonight. he ... died.” – AP

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