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Phil Collins Quits Music, Apologizing to Haters for His Success

March 07, 2011 03:58:17 GMT

The health problems and the constant criticisms directed at him over the years have left him no choice but retiring from music.


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Phil Collins has decided to retire from music industry. The 60-year-old musician has hearing problems, a dislocated vertebra and nerve damage in his hands which makes it hard for him to hold drumsticks. Beside those health problems, Phil called it quits also due to the criticisms he's received over the years.

The artist has got seven Grammy awards during his career, scored multiple hit singles, received an Oscar for a "Tarzan" soundtrack, and sold more than 150 million copies of albums as a solo artist. But critics still targeted him as a not-good-enough musician. Noel Gallagher once dissed him, "You don't have to be great to be successful. Look at Phil Collins."

Responding to their harsh words, Phil recently said to FHM, "I'm sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn't mean it to happen like that. It's hardly surprising that people grew to hate me." He continued, "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."

In further statement, he said he was invited to "Late Show with David Letterman" and rejected it. He stated, "It feels like a good time to stop for a while. David Letterman wanted me to go on his show on a Monday night recently but I said, 'No. Can't do it. I have the kids on a Monday.' And my label said, 'But this is Letterman!' And I was like, 'Guess what? I. Don't. Give. A. F**k!' "

Looking back to his hey day, he said, "I barely recognized the person I saw from that time. I'm a very different person now. I saw some of this show of mine from 1985 and I was on-stage and I never stopped running, never stopped talking."

Phil Collins actually has hinted his exit from music scene since 2009. He has now moved to Switzerland to do just that, and lived in a remote town with his two sons. "I'll go on a mysterious biking holiday and never return. That would be a great way to end the story, wouldn't it?" he gushed on the latest issue of the magazine which has been on newsstand.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by Jade on Sep 19, 2011
OMGOSH Phil never say you are sorry for anything like that. those that dislike you are foolish and cannot see the beautiful talent that lies within you. most of those, it has to be said, are probably just jealous of what a talented, lovely and inspiring human being you are so please, don't say you're sorry. and you dont think anyone will miss you? ...seriously?...loads of people love you! and not just people who were maybe adults in the 70's and 80's and stuff...i've just turned 14 and you are the one of the biggest inspirations of my life. you will be missed Phil, and you know it.
posted by Johnny Mac on Jul 08, 2011
Noel Gallacher is a stupid wee twat in an anorak-he ain't fit to lace Phil's shoelaces! Collins would lose him in 2 mins onstage.
posted by Babidoll on Mar 08, 2011
Phil Collins is the best, the best ever! We listen to his music all the time. He has the most sexy voice and extraordinary, talented amazing drummer/musician we will ever know. His music has and will live for many, many generations!We love all of his music! I have seen him in concert many times, last was 2006 Cleveland! awesome,fantastic, memorable concert because he was there. Loved his drum duet. If Phil Collins wants to retire in any way, he will be missed but I am sure at times we will hear from him. If he wants to be with his family, great, that is the right thing. if he is tired or worn out, its understandable...we will miss him but Phil did bless us with some very cool music. Carry on Phil, we love and support you! Blessings to you and all those you love.Peace.
posted by Mike on Mar 07, 2011
He was a great talent and showman. I will miss him.
posted by Thomas on Mar 07, 2011
I have to agree. Some of the strongest and best memories I have are linked to Phil's music. He has nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately, this sounds like depression, and hopefully he can get some help for it.
posted by jimmy on Mar 07, 2011
HAHA good ole noel gallagher telling it like it is....
posted by weedybell on Mar 07, 2011
Gosh, I must have missed the whole show!! I have 4 of his CD's!! and I play them all the time. I don't get it. Phil, what is with all this sorry stuff? You're awesome! Always have been and always will be.
posted by Mossback on Mar 06, 2011
To hell with them...Phil Collins was and is a great musician. Not good enough my ass.

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