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#1 Graham Collins

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 05:21 AM

For anyone who has followed Phil's drumming, you may want to pick up a copy of this month's RHYTHM magazine.
There is an extensive article (to which I contributed) and hopefully there is some interesting material in there for you.
Hope you enjoy it. :)

Why we love Phil Collins, and why you should too
From Genesis genius to soul survivor, we track the career of the drum world's first superstar drummer – Phil Collins. Right back to Genesis through to last year's Number One album Going Back, it's all here in our huge 11-page cover feature. We also talk to Phil's percussive partner in crime Chester Thompson and ask drum behemoths Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy and Brann Dailor just why they hold Collins so close to their hearts. We also talk you though Phil's kits down the years from Pearl and Premier to Gretsch and Ludwig, they're all here.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 07:16 AM

Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 11:12 AM

Cool! I'll see if I can find a copy locally.
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Posted 16 March 2011 - 12:12 PM

Nice!!!I'll get a copy
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Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:23 PM

Sheer genius!

2 tunes I would've loved to see him play while cutting in the studio just to see what he's doing?

- Down and Out (beat pattern) And Then There Were Three
- Robbery, Assault and Battery (during the KBoard solo stretch through to the last verse) Trick of the Tail

There's a few more but these stump me.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 11:37 PM

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 03:52 AM

Sheer genius!

2 tunes I would've loved to see him play while cutting in the studio just to see what he's doing?

- Down and Out (beat pattern) And Then There Were Three
- Robbery, Assault and Battery (during the KBoard solo stretch through to the last verse) Trick of the Tail

There's a few more but these stump me.

I was fortunate to see Genesis play both these tracks live and the latter especially, was something very special to witness.
Phil was on fire behind the kit in in 1977 (fresh from his Brand X adventures) and his work on this track (and others) was the reason I am writing this now.

One of my favourite shots of Phil is from that tour and was taken a couple of days before I saw Genesis for the first time.

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I forgot to mention that the main article is written by Chris Welch. Someone who needs no introduction to Genesis, Yes or Pink Floyd fans.

There is also a very nice (and previously unseen) shot of my Pearl kit. I can't post it here just yet for obvious publication reasons ( I will be able to at a later date), but hopefully a few of you will be able to obtain a copy, although I gather it is selling like hot cakes! B)
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4) MAPEX VX SERIES WAX OAK / CUSTOM HYBRID 'e' DRUMS

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:37 AM


Sheer genius!

2 tunes I would've loved to see him play while cutting in the studio just to see what he's doing?

- Down and Out (beat pattern) And Then There Were Three
- Robbery, Assault and Battery (during the KBoard solo stretch through to the last verse) Trick of the Tail

There's a few more but these stump me.

I was fortunate to see Genesis play both these tracks live and the latter especially, was something very special to witness.
Phil was on fire behind the kit in in 1977 (fresh from his Brand X adventures) and his work on this track (and others) was the reason I am writing this now.

One of my favourite shots of Phil is from that tour and was taken a couple of days before I saw Genesis for the first time.

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I forgot to mention that the main article is written by Chris Welch. Someone who needs no introduction to Genesis, Yes or Pink Floyd fans.

There is also a very nice (and previously unseen) shot of my Pearl kit. I can't post it here just yet for obvious publication reasons ( I will be able to at a later date), but hopefully a few of you will be able to obtain a copy, although I gather it is selling like hot cakes! B)



2 questions: is this magazine available in Canada? And how on earth can anyone play with a snare so low? Not even talking about Rim shots...


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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:18 AM

2 questions: is this magazine available in Canada? And how on earth can anyone play with a snare so low? Not even talking about Rim shots...




..and what about those bell bottoms??? What if the kick beater got caught inside those things...:jawdropping:
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#10 Graham Collins

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 09:26 AM

2 questions: is this magazine available in Canada? And how on earth can anyone play with a snare so low? Not even talking about Rim shots...

Anyone around the world wanting a copy can check this LINK to find the best place local to them.

With regard to the snare.
The angle and height of the snare, ironically only came about in 1977, although I am not sure why.
Prior to this, it was positioned quite normally.

Phil sits a long way back from his snare and tends to strike down between his legs. It's odd as he is quite short, 5ft 4 or 5 if I recall, so he doesn't have long legs, but as we all know, it worked for him! :punkrocka:

Phil still strikes the snare centrally and rim shots are not a problem.
This position resulted in the infamous hunched back position that has sadly brought on problems in recent time.

I wish I had spent more time talking about his kit and his drumming when I was touring with him, but it's not really the done thing, he and I shared the same sense of humour, so we just tended to have a joke.

I also wish digital cameras had been about then, I would have so many cool shots. Sadly the best shot I took of his kit, a bird's eye from his riser, didn't come out as we were playing a 'shed' and the daylight beyond the roofed section over exposed the image. :pullhair:

I did have a long chat with him about Buddy Rich in 1986 at the end of tour party, but even then, sadly we were interrupted by an over the top fan, so much so that Phil felt he had to excuse himself and leave.

The happy ending to the story was, as I was leaving the party in the small hours and walking back to my car, someone pulled their car up behind me and beeped their horn. It was Phil & his then wife Jill, they both jumped out and we carried on talking on the sidewalk, although we didn't pick up on the Buddy Rich chat again. :)
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MY KITS:
1) NATAL DRUMS CUSTOM BUBUNGA FUSION 20
2) EX PHIL COLLINS / GENESIS - PEARL DLX NATURAL BIRCH
3 EX PINK FLOYD - DW EXOTOC BIRD'S EYE MAPLE
4) MAPEX VX SERIES WAX OAK / CUSTOM HYBRID 'e' DRUMS