There are aspects of “Rock Stardom” that I believe are a myth. For the most part, the excess that we saw many “Rock Stars” enjoying ‘back in the day’ were bought and paid for by the record company to create an image and did not exist outside of that scenario. This practice still happens to this day. When people argue with me, saying that in the ’70s and ’80s we had REAL Rock Stars I typically respond by posting a picture of Phil Collins.
Phil Collins is a rock icon. You can not deny the impact he had on shaping the sound of the 80’s and even going back further an influential drummer in the early years of Genesis before taking over the vocals himself. The whole time, looking like your friend’s dad. That was his look. If you saw Phil Collins on the street you would probably assume he was an accountant or maybe a high school teacher, but you would never think “Hey, I wonder if he plays in a band?”
Now, I’m not dissing Phil. I have nothing but respect for Mr. Collins’s music and the epic songs he gave us. He is a great song-writer, an amazing drummer and as I said earlier…an icon and after all these years, he’s still got it.
Phil Collins recently appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon where he performed one of his biggest hits with The Roots “In The Air Tonight”. Phil NAILED it. Not only was it a great performance…but that being said not only did he nail the performance, he still looked like someone’s dad up on stage. He could’ve been anyone from the audience asked to come up and sing Karaoke. He was wearing a Polo shirt! So there you have it…don’t know what to get the wanna be Rock Star in your life for Christmas? A polo shirt. If a rock icon can wear it and rock the ‘dad’ look on Jimmy Fallon, then it’s exactly what a wanna be Rock Star needs.
All kidding aside…watch the performance. Phil’s still got it.