Phil Collins retires from music career, due to health issues
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By Catholic Online
3/7/2011 (8 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
Phil Collins, known the world over for his string of pop music successes such as "Against All Odds", is retiring from the music business. His years as a drummer for the rock band Genesis left him with hearing loss, in addition to a dislocated vertebrae and nerve damage in his hands.
Pop musician Phil Collins brushed aside snide comments about his success by saying, "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."
P>LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - Collins collected seven Grammy wins, an Oscar, 13 hit singles and more than 150 million albums sold as a solo artist. The musician was popular with many, but not with some members of the critical musical establishment.
"You don't have to be great to be successful. Look at Phil Collins," Oasis member Noel Gallagher famously said, for example.
Collins would brush aside such comments by saying, "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."
In addition, Collins says that he no longer feels comfortable in the music industry, radically different from what he knew in the beginning of his career. "I do not belong to this world and I think no one will miss me.
"I see the MTV Video Music Awards and think, 'I can not be in the same business, I do not belong here,'" added the musician who does not hide his pessimism about the future of the music industry.
Collins has attempted to leave music before. He has since moved to Switzerland to do just that, and now lives in a remote town in the country with his two sons.
In 2009, Collins hinted at his impending retirement on the Genesis Web site, after he dislocated vertebrae in his neck that prevented him from playing the drums or piano.
"I was going to stop drumming anyway," Collins said. "I had stopped. I don't miss it."
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