Phil Collins has sold over 100 million records and has taken home eight Grammys, two Golden Globes and an Oscar, and that’s not lost on Rachael -- who completely freaked out when he showed up to talk about his new autobiography, Not Dead Yet. Watch the video above to see her lose it over one of her favorite stars!
This project has been a long time coming, and Phil tells Rach, “I wanted to do an autobiography since the ‘90s, but I felt I hadn’t really finished yet.” When he finally put pen to paper, he wrote about his early days first, because he says, “That was the fun stuff.”
“When I got to the music, I just sort of glazed over, because it was so dense. One of the things I learned from writing the book was how much I worked,” Phil says of playing with his supergroup Genesis and simultaneously launching his solo career. And all that work had consequences, he explains, “Touring in those days was a little different than it is now. You went on tour like you went to war, and you weren’t quite sure if you were going to come back,” he jokes. “[Tours] were long-term things [and] they put a lot of strain on family life.”
Ultimately Phil says the book is honest about the ups and downs he experienced, but also funny, though he warns, “It’s English humor.”
Watch the video below to hear him talk about his new album The Singles and to learn about his private life with his five children, including his 15-year-old son Nicholas who will be touring with Phil next year as his drummer: