Posted: 20 October, 2016
You'll Never Guess WHO Phil Collins Wants To Play For
Genesis rocker would've Thrown It All Away to play for The Who
Legendary rocker Phil Collins was the foundation of Genesis... but says he would've have Thrown It All Away to play for The Who, if he'd ever been asked.
Collins had played with Genesis for eight years when The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, died in 1978.
Kenney Jones from the Faces stepped in to replace moon, despite some contention from within the band - Pete Townshend said Jones was "one of the few British drummers who could fill Moon's shoes", but Roger Daltrey was less enthusiastic, saying he "wasn't the right style".
Now Collins has revealed he wishes they'd asked him to step in.
“Absolutely would have joined The Who. I would have left Genesis to join The Who,” Collins said in a Guardian webchat about his comeback tour.
Jones left the band in 1988 and was replaced by prolific session drummer Simon Phillips, who has worked with Judas Priest, Jeff Beck, Tears for Fears, Whitesnake, and Toto. When Phillips himself left to focus on his solo career, Zak Starkey stepped in.
Yes, that Zak Starkey - Ringo Starr's son.
And while Collins laments that he never got to play with Townshend and Daltrey (beyond a few guest appearances on tour), he reckons Starkey's the perfect fit for the band.
"They’ve got a great drummer now in Zak Starkey, he’s fantastic. Someone with the balls that Keith Moon had.”