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« Thread started on: Jul 4th, 2011, 06:57am »

JUNE 2004

Dear Fans out there,

I had an idea at the beginning of this tour to check out the Website to get some REAL feedback about the shows. We all know the press don't like what I do, witness some of the recent reviews reprinted on the site!!!

Unfortunately what I found on the Website disheartened me a little. If one thing keeps rearing its head, it's 'THE SET LIST', so I'll try now to explain a couple of things about choosing a set of songs to play.

Firstly, I don't choose a set list for people who travel to multiple gigs... I choose it to be seen once, as that is the way MOST people will see it in the City I'm playing in. If people go to more than one show then they have to expect the probability of hearing the same songs. There will always be things people miss, and I've seen it mentioned a few times that people have liked it more the second time.

There's a lot to take in at one sitting. The complaint that the set is "safe" or "just hits" is a bit unfair as these are the songs that MOST people have shown to be their favourites over the years, and presumably would like to hear 'live' for the last time.

MOST bands, once they have material that is paced and in the right kind of order DO NOT change the set much from night to night. To get the pace right over 2 hours requires tweaking here and there during rehearsals and believe me, if you mess with it, it can really change the flow of the show.

WITHIN songs different stuff happens, but the sequence of songs may not change once they're in their best place. One other major point about changing the set is that it has a knock-on effect with the Lighting Cues etc. Most days it's all the crew can do to assemble the rig in time, without relighting new songs.

The list of songs in some of your set lists would have MOST people scratching their heads.... they include some of my favourite songs too, but there is nothing worse than looking into the audience and seeing a bunch of bewildered faces. I have to think of the 90% of the audience that don't spend time on the website, and just want to hear their favourite songs. In amongst all of that I do try to put in some new or different stuff if only for the band and me. I too could have put together 2 hours of material that even you guys may not have chosen, though personal favourites of mine, but I had my reasons for choosing what I did. I do though, take it as some kind of backhanded compliment that there are so many different favourites among your choices!!!

I, perhaps mistakenly, hoped that this set list would be looked at as a celebration of my music, covering a lot of what's been enjoyed by MOST people over the last 25 years or so. I have changed a few things around, contrary to some opinion, arrangement wise, and brought some songs back to the way they were originally, as well as adding some new pieces altogether.

The point though, that actually led me to write this, having held my tongue for the last few weeks about the set list, is that I don't "respect my fans", as I don't listen to their input or opinion. Some of the replies to this point were right on the money and thanks to those who jumped to my defense! I do of course have great respect for my fans.... you like what I do, which means in some ways we connect... who'd listen if you didn't!! I don't inter-react with the site, as quite honestly, I'm too busy doing the things that you end up discussing!!!!

Regarding the CD of every concert being made available via the Internet, such as Peter and The Who and others, this WAS something I was going to do... however, The Record Companies stepped in and stopped me: even I answer to someone... so there you go!!! I am obviously pissed of about this and am pursuing it, but if you want to get involved, complain to Atlantic Records in the USA...

I am not the neurotic perfectionist that people make me out to be and I can see why people would want that sort of memento, warts and all!!!

True, the Internet does not interest me as much as Peter. I could see even as far back as the Interactive CD period that you either immerse yourself in it, or you carry on and gradually absorb the technology: I chose the latter, he the former. Incidentally, something that nobody has mentioned at all considering you seem to notice everything, is that we change the language every night for the statistics in Paradise... every night we have the city we're playing in on the 'Take me Home' screen...so the show is not static at all.

Frankly I'm really bored with the continuing comparison of Pete and myself. We're great friends that once played in a band together 30 odd years ago... aside from that we have no reason to be compared to each other.

Finally, it is my dog Jack that participates in 'Wear My Hat', and it's not loud on stage, just a bit warm for his feet!!

This tour IS the last tour.... I will play on stage again, but not for months at a time, like this. Again some of you have responded sympathetically to this. As you know, I have a young Son who I will be taking to school. As some of you have also pointed out, I did say I wouldn't Tour as I'd been advised not to due to the hearing loss. So this tour is something of a bonus. I just thought it would be nice to go out one last time, play everybody's favourites and say 'goodbye', and I'm really enjoying it, as are the audiences so far.

Most of what I've read on the site is just good old discussion...but I felt I had to straighten a few rants and theory's out. I don't want to indulge in a great debate here either, I'm putting my thoughts and reasons to you, and I know already what some of you think!!!

I suppose the old adage of "you can't please everyone" is as true today as it was when someone first said it...

Meanwhile, we'll keep on keeping on.... hoping that you'll still be there...

Much love, and relax, enjoy it, it won't be here forever!!

Phil (the singing drummer)
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 4th, 2011, 07:06am »

SEPTEMBER 2004

Hello it's me again....hey I know it's becoming a habit, but I quite like letting you know what's going on here.....

Reading some of the replies to my recent attempts though, I'm worried that me writing on the site only opens up to conjecture what I mean when I do !! The fact that one of you, can't remember who exactly, was so bombed out by my first post, and then the letter to the reviewer, that she didn't want to even read the last one, in case it ruined the Toronto show for him/her.....only worries me that I'm pissing off too many people off here.

I'm English, my writing style is English, in as much as my humour is a little dark.....things don't sometimes translate as being "funny" when read by someone non-English, or even just read full stop. I'm married to a half Thai half Swiss lady and a lot of our friends are French so I know a lot about silence after a good English joke !!

A few of you out there have referred to Josh, and my mentioning him by name. He unfortunately wrote a couple of things that stepped over the line of "just opinion"....in MY opinion....and I just can't ignore someone thinking I'm pouting like a child, and broadcasting that myth...it's not even important enough to pout over....and unprofessional is, as you know, one thing I am not. I didn't feel my writing to the reviewer WAS unprofessional, so I thought I'd let him know that too. I didn't mean to mortally wound him. If he's man enough to criticise, then he's man enough to take it. Anyway we've been there and done that.......moving on. Though I do hope Josh rejoins the fold...... I DID write today to 2 reviewers thanking them for their kind words....Grand Rapids and Buffalo.....just for the record. Heard back from one of them, very nice letter......

Somebody asked on a post whether I wanted the truth or just the good news...paraphrasing here cos I don't have it in front of me....I can handle the truth good or bad. My ego has been battered beyond most of your imaginations over the years, my skin is pretty thick, except for the little areas that aren't !!!

However, having said that...it leads me to something I'd like to share with you....between you and me (!!!) I went on the Genesis site the other day, and I was quite surprised at the amount of negative feelings I encountered towards me, and the apparent adverse effect musically I had on the band. I mention this here because I imagine SOME of you are Genesis fans as well as PC fans and may even know what I'm talking about.... Of course there were some very good points and some nice things said about a variety of subjects, but some posts fly off the screen and smack you in the mouth !! There were lots of... "it was alright till he mucked it up".... kind of posts. It seems a lot of Genesis fans HATE "We Can't Dance" for example....I don't know if they think I had more to do with that record than the other guys, 'cos that's not the case. I won't/can't take the glory or the blame for what Genesis did musically. We wrote as a band and we lived with that music for 4/5 months working on it together. I'd like to see someone try to push Tony Banks into doing something he doesn't want to do huh! Just doesn't happen. Same with all the records actually.....all responsible for everything broadly speaking.

Another topic was "the reunion" and I was told off very sharply for "titillating, speculative, non committal waffle" about the possibility. Now it seems a "yes" means it's on...a "no" means it won't happen, so a "maybe" means it's possible....right ?? I don't think "maybe" is "non committal waffle", it shows a willingness to be open to the possibility......but there's no pleasing some folk. Anyway I started to "do a Phil" and write a long thing to put my side of the story about this and lots, lots more, but I didn't send it as I know it would only put the cat amongst the pigeons. Here you have just a snippet....

It's quite difficult though you know, reading through things that are just not accurate or true. These things go on to create mythical stories out of things that didn't happen at all. It's true with newspapers ( bless their little hearts ) and most other media except the spoken word. Normally you can't correct the untruth, it's too late. My FAX story being a classic example. However on a site such as this, you can try....hence my first posts. The result in this case being that some Genesis fans all over the world are sticking pins into my effigy, chanting naughty tribal rhymes, for something I'm not guilty of..... Debate, Opinions etc. are all healthy things to encourage, but occasionally untruths, misinformation or misunderstandings are the basis for these debates, and they go on to become legend. It's probably something a lot of you won't experience, but unless someone has a better idea, the ONLY way to let people know they're off the mark is by inter reacting with them. Or ignore it...and I AM trying...

Anyway the upshot of all that negativity , whether people realise it or not, is the thought that maybe a Reunion is not such a good idea. The energy and enthusiasm it would require from all concerned, may end up not pleasing a large amount of Genesis fans that I/we'd be doing it for. I don't think we should enter into a debate on this subject either, as it will run and run.

Lightening up a bit....the XFM thing went very well, and I've seen some of you enjoyed it too. I was very surprised and flattered that some people travelled a long way to be there.....thanks for that. I don't know how they'll edit it as the programme is only an hour long. The stories were fun though.

A quick word about the apparent tampering with songs on the Love Songs CD... "I've Forgotten Everything" HAS been sped up by a couple of BPM's ( beats per minute ) because I felt after all this time it was just a tad too slow. On "This Must Be Love", the fade was slightly quicker because I felt it was too slow in retrospect. "One More Night" is a stereo fold down of a recent 5.1 remix, but it's pretty much identical to the original. "It's In Your Eyes" was sped up a couple of BPM's for reasons similar to "Forgotten"

NOTHING ELSE WAS TOUCHED.

There was no remixing, all the other songs are as they appeared on the original albums. Can't offer any reason why so many of you hear changes in "Least You Can Do", as it's the same as the album. Sometimes the mastering can bring out different elements, as the engineer can fiddle with the frequencies.......but it was not requested by me, so even that is unlikely.

One last thing about the Duran Duran thing....I knew John Taylor and Simon Le Bon reasonably well in the 80's. John always claimed he queued up to see Genesis play the Lamb somewhere when he was a teenager, and Simon has always been very nice. I don't think they meant anything by whatever it was they said. However as you all know, I'm an easy target, especially nowadays. You'd be hard pressed to find many in the media or the music business who'll OWN UP to liking me and my music. Especially in the UK. Although I have met a lot of R&B singers in the States who are very kind about what I've done. Generally speaking though it's just one of those things that cannot be reversed now. One has to be philosophical about it and try to move on.......as I said before, that's not easy for me, but I AM
trying !!!

I am reminded of something that my old friend Ronnie Caryl often says to me..."when you boil it all down, we're only entertainers"

Anyway I have to go to a sound check in Tampa now. Last night in Orlando was great, the people had a lot of spirit.....I would imagine the same tonight...

All for now....see ya...PC
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« Reply #2 on: Jul 4th, 2011, 07:07am »

OCTOBER 2004

Hi People.......well, you were right and I was very wrong...... Having borrowed the wife's copy of Testify, and listened to "The Least You Can Do" then compared it to the Love Songs version....there has been a massive cock up !!! What is on the Love Songs CD is the original version recorded in 2000 in LA for a previous incarnation of Love Songs. At that time I recorded "Can't Stop Loving You" and "Tears Of A Clown" as well as "Least.....". It was the first time outside Tarzan that I'd worked with Rob Cavallo, and we were seeing whether we liked working together on something more personal. This was the notorious week where, the day I did the vocals for the above, I lost my hearing in one ear, a situation which, as you know, exists today. Anyway the song was mixed at the end of that period, along with the other 2, to be put on the Love Songs CD, then, we thought, soon to be released. However the album got put back and the mixes stored. When we came to do Testify, the songs were brought out of storage and put against what we had for Testify and I made the decision to remix all of them, and replace Daryl's drum machine with some real sounds, edit the pipes, other bits and pieces, and edit the track. This was then used as the Master for Testify. As was the new mix of "Can't Stop...." How the original version from 2000 got used for Love Songs 2004, is anybodies guess !!! I asked for the Testify version, and what with being on the road, I only checked things that I considered could be "Accident Black Spots"....never again will I do THAT !!! Rest assured I will have those responsible shot, and gory photos posted on the site as a warning to others. The good news is though that you're not all mad !!!

If I may, while I'm here just add my two penny worth to a couple of subjects. Ticket Prices....I insisted to Tony Smith (manager) that if I were to do these dates, that I did not want to charge what some people were out there charging. He assured me that we would keep the prices down to what was average for the kind of show we were putting on. Some places like the Uncasville Casino, kind of did their own thing as well I think, and unknown to me at the time. So it was not completely consistent....but I did try... The cost of a day off on this tour was close to $250,000....so there's a lot of economics involved. My musicians are not the cheapest and there's a lot of them!!! I don't have to be reminded that I don't need to get richer....I'm already completely aware of that.

The Alternative Columbus review someone posted, was soooo wonderfully awfully bad, that it was great. Let's leave it there.

Josh seems very well read and articulate and I'm sorry to have dragged him in by name to something which amounts to nothing in the end. I only read the one post he wrote. I went back to try to find others but couldn't. Water under the bridge now, and I hope he forgives me for embarrassing him.

Jonathan Ross and I have kissed and made up and agreed to differ, so all sorted there too.

I thought Kiwi Dave was a real mench too, in the way he reacted to my small critique of his post....thanks for your reaction.

Regarding my over reacting to the Phil Bashers on the Genesis site...there may well only be a few, but unfortunately the day I looked, I saw a heading "NOT ANOTHER 3 PIECE ERA PLEASE" and there seemed quite a lot of it, anyway I'm surprised and flattered by the positive response, so thanks for that.

I reiterate that it is imperative that you all pitch in with your true feelings, even if it does pull me up and make me fire off something !! Sarah Jane seems to be losing her rag at the thought of you all policing yourselves in case I'm reading what you write, and I agree. You have to be aware that I may well be on from time to time, something I thought you wanted anyway....me to be a little more involved, and If I think someone is going up the wrong tree, you have to allow me to say so without everyone getting upset that I'm "just being negative". You all criticise/agree/inter-react with each other all the time....I'm only doing the same.

Finally.... Now the tours are over, I have to say that we truly loved every night. In Europe and in the States...there wasn't a bad show as far as we were concerned. The audiences everywhere we're so generous from the beginning. The DVD was recorded in Paris of course, but it would have been great to have done it all again later as well as the band kept on inventing stuff every night. When it finally comes out ( and I've checked it through for EVERYTHING !!! ) You'll see a lot of extras. The CBS special from the 90's, the Tour Documentary, a comedy piece where I interview the crew, plus all the video clips related to the set list. Plus a few alternative versions of songs. Loads of stuff, a kind of career retrospective. The Genesis DVD Collection should be good as well, as it includes ALL the clips from the past through the to the recent stuff.

I think that's about all from me at this time. Thanks for all your great reviews of the shows, when the "real" ones were iffy, I looked to yours to see if we were doing it right or not !!!...and it seems we were. There is a possibility that we'll go to other places to say goodbye....but it all depends on the birth of the next Collins. It is something that hopefully will happen but impossible to promise at this stage. I hope you understand. I'll be back on sometime soon when I've got something to say.

Meanwhile....Love to you all
Phil ( the singer )

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I stand with tail between legs in front of Jonathan Dann....and Swede too.

Of course you are completely right about "F Sharp"...soon as I read your post it rang a huge bell. Apologies to Ant (who I haven't seen for a couple of years) and yourself. I really have to think more before I dive in.

In the writing sessions at the Maltings, "F Sharp", (being the working title, and a reference to the open acoustic guitar tuning I think, though I'm sure J D will know that as well and correct me if I'm wrong!! ) was being referred to all the time. I suppose using a couple of old bits gave us a place to start, it being a very fragile band at the time. I had forgotten that Ant had written that with Mike. In fact Ant's leaving was far more serious to Mike, Tony and Pete than most people thought. They almost didn't want to carry on without him, or even think that they COULD.

The Salmacis point I wouldn't have known, you're right.

So....next time you want to know something, ask someone else I suppose !!!

Best....Phil
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 4th, 2011, 07:09am »

OCTOBER 2004

Hi Everybody,

It has been suggested by the Webmaster that I try to do some
sort of regular contribution to the site. Something I'm willing to have a go at, until work or Fatherhood prevents me from being as regular as I should be.

The basis of these interjections by myself will be based on a variety of impulses. There'll be "NEWS" when there IS. There'll also be a mishmash of improvised gut reactions/answers/feedback to a variety of things that have
caught my eye whilst skimming through the categories of the main pages of my site and the Genesis site.

So off we go with the mishmash......

Some people have asked about my eldest son Simon, and his Website. He is currently finishing his 2nd CD and will be distributing it through his Website as he is without a Record Company at present, having asked to leave Warner's Germany. He will eventually have a link on my Website and on the Genesis Website if they are agreeable. So you should be able to access his CD through here or his own.

http://web.archive.org/web/20051220084400/http://web.archive.org/web/20051220084400/http://www.fusionmusic.org/

COVERS.... contrary to popular belief, I don't have to give permission if someone wants to cover a song of mine. If they want to CHANGE the lyrics, as in the numerous Rap versions of "In the Air", where I have so far not had a problem with changes, all of them being positive and not negative gestures
lyrically. I never knew about Postal Service covering "Against All Odds" until a journalist told me !!! Likewise "in the Air" by NonPoint.....so the version of "Easy Lover" out there is as much of a surprise to me as it is to you.
I'm sure my version of "You Can't Hurry Love" was a surprise to Holland, Dozier and Holland et al.

EVERYDAY... there are some very astute people out there. I read the very impressing unravelling of that song by a few of you. Indeed the main riff, when I wrote it, had such a strong James Taylor feel, that I called it JT so I wouldn't forget it. Plus his version of Buddy Holly's "Everyday" was so great that my harmonies were influenced by those on his song. The Hornsby influence on the piano intro was well spotted too, although my having worked with Bruce on Harbour Lights did not influence the lyric on "We Fly So Close", but his fantastic piano playing did. Throw in a bit of John Martyn and that's the songs influences.

GENESIS HAWAII... had a story about a friend of hers saying I'd badmouthed her band or something ?? This has no basis of truth. The whole story about "the studio thing at Disneyland and badmouthing the drummer..etc" Just not true. Far too sensitive to other peoples feelings I'm afraid !! You have no idea just HOW many times I've supposed to have been in this Club or that Restaurant with this person or that.....and each time it's untrue.

A famous case was when I played in 1985 in Oakland, and 2 ladies, a Mother and Daughter, found Mal Craggs our tour manager at the time, and asked for me. They said they'd met me in Mexico and that I'd bought them drinks and escorted them back to their room and had a wild affair with both of them. I'd apparently said that next time I was in their area they should look me up...and here they were!!! At that time I'd NEVER been to Mexico at all....ever.....so I met these
ladies and said Hi and explained.

Now there was a time when a certain Welshman who bore a certain resemblance to me, and often came to my shows, dressed like me, and riding in a Limo...(wondering why people noticed him !!!)....this time as he arrived in the backstage area ( yes he'd gotten passed the guards as me )
The ladies shouted "that's him !!! "......and we had words about it.......if only life were like that all the time. However it's an uneasy feeling that my sexual performance is possibly being judged by some bloke from Wales !!

LOUIS SATTERFIELD.....I learned via the site that Lui Lui had died, very sad. He was a dear friend for many years, in spite of trying to sue me later in our relationship. ( another time for that story ) he was a founding member of Earth Wind and Fire and will be sadly missed.

ADMIRATION....to WhipsandChains for holding out against adversity in liking my music....thanks.

CLEAR CHANNEL..... I have to say that I mourn Local Promoters who have had to sell out to Clear Channel. In certain cities we stood by our old Promoters....Chicago, New York, Cleveland and a few others, but like the passing of the small record stores, it seems the way of progress. I don't
know whether my tour in the US and Canada was promoted competently, I leave that to my manager, but the gigs sold very very well, except the Nose Bleed tickets in most places, and I can understand this. An evening out for a family or a couple, including baby sitters, gas, food, a T shirt...is staggering, and to sit up top with a lousy view is too much.
At some shows I had Danny go out into the car park and give tickets away to people who looked like real fans but had lousy seats..... Plus so many key seats are now "luxury boxes" in these new venues, which I don't like as you can see some people come to the window to hear the songs they like then disappear !!!....it's their choice, but it's a bit disconcerting.

THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT....now this SHOULD be the version from Montreux in 1998, but you've seen my track record is not 100% with this stuff so....!!!! Also Daryl just emailed me 'cos his Production credit was left off....so
more people to shoot I guess, though inevitably the buck stops here.

IRELAND AND SCOTLAND.....it has bothered me that we didn't play any shows there. I don't know if this can be rectified this time round. Perhaps if I do something special in the future, we can include something. Sorry guys.

PITTSBURG...have to answer you on this too, though I know it doesn't do you any good now. This show was cancelled, basically due to lack of interest. Strange because we/I always did pretty good there from the Alpine Arena days onwards. Some tickets had been sold but I was just told that it was off for those reasons and that was that. I felt very bad for those who did have them, and reading the post from the lady with her South African husband, only made me feel worse. Can't change the past, all I can say is a big Sorry.

REST OF THE WORLD....this has been covered in my last post, and it will happen if all things go well domestically !!!

PARADISE PORN...know nothing about this.....or the other Advert in Italy using the same song.

SWEDE......only caught some of this lengthy back and forth.
However it seems that Swede is under the impression that Anthony Phillips was involved in the writing of "The Musical Box" and "Fountain of Salmacis". Not so. The "Box" was written at the Maltings in Farnham when I joined the band, and the only layover from previous writing was the rhythm under the keyboard solo, which I believe was influenced by "The Weaver" by Family. "Salmacis" was entirely conceived at Tony Stratton-Smiths house in Crowborough at the sessions of writing for Nursery Cryme that had started at
the Maltings.

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OCTOBER 2004

Hi People....I've had a look at the Q and A category, and with a little time on my hands, have answered most of your questions. I can't promise that I'll be so efficient in future, but I will be trying my best to be. I haven't listed who asked what, just written my answers or thoughts. Obviously, if this starts a Tidal Wave I will not be able to answer everything and am assuming you'll understand this when you see how dense the pages of questions are !!

Onwards.....

Can't say when the next solo album will be. Too early to say, though I hope to get writing as soon as we get out from under "builder hell" and "baby bliss" at the house.

Didn't ever consider including Genesis love songs on my CD, even if I were at the wheel for a few of them. Hard enough choosing mine !!

Rarities and B sides is a possibility, but I don't like to keep recycling old stuff. You all have them somewhere and to put out another CD of existing material seems a bit cold blooded..... Though having them on the site to listen to along with the background music idea mentioned before, is an idea worth pursuing, and have asked the webmaster his thoughts on this.

In Too Deep was written for the film Mona Lisa. Ray Cooper, the percussionist, who was in charge of Handmade Films, asked me if I could write a song for his movie which starred Bob Hoskins. I knew Bob and Ray so I said yes. However I was on my NJR tour (I think) in Australia, but I started working on the chorus in my Hotel room. The next album to do was a Genesis one. This was to become "Invisible Touch". So when we started writing that, I mentioned the movie idea and everyone seemed to like the concept of it. I played the guys the chorus I had and we wrote the rest together during those sessions.

I won't be IN Tarzan, but I will be in command of the music as much as is allowed on Broadway. I have to let go at some point and let the songs be sung by Actors....we're really trying to find "rock" people whenever possible....

Roberta Flack was responsible for the wonderful arrangement of "Always". Not me. She sang it at a tribute to Neshui Ertegun when he died, I was performing too, and my jaw dropped when I heard it. I had a cassette of the concert (I'd played In the Air on piano) and kept listening to her arrangement. When we were rehearsing for the Serious Tour one day, I asked Brad if we could do it. Thinking it was too complicated, I expected a negative response...but he said yes, and the next day we had it. It's always been my Mums favourite song from way back.,,,,but Roberta deserves the praise.

Only heard Calling All Stations once. I liked it though. I thought Nir played great on it. I heard the darker side of Tony's and Mike's material, and I knew it would take a few listens from the public. Unfortunately, Radio in the USA was going through major changes and that hurt it, and people generally don't have the time or commitment like they used to have. It has to be more immediate now it seems. I stress that Mike, Tony and myself just amble along and remain oblivious to this...but it ends up hurting record sales.

Stefan, I'm on my way with the piano now.....

I think the whole Michael Jackson story is so sad. I can't tell whether it really is true or not. I assume the authorities have evidence, otherwise it would not have gone this far....but I have to say that when I went to Neverland to give him an Award for Billboard magazine (when I hosted their show a few years ago) he was great, and he was surrounded by kids then. Coming and going, having fun. Nothing looked sinister to me, but no smoke without fire I guess. He has to see this through now. It will either be his rebirth as an artist and human being or it will be the end. No half ways on this one, this time.

I may do more acting, no plans at present though.

I've always wanted to do a Beatles Covers Album, rare songs that usually get forgotten about.

My position on Bootlegs is that if it's a Pirate version of a real CD, then I'm totally opposed to it as it's deception, and obviously illegal. However if it's a concert bootleg, then the buyer knows what they're buying, something potentially a little sub standard from a sound point of view at least, and anyway will presumably still buy the legitimate article as well, being a real fan

Jack has 7 puppies, though they're grown now. All have great homes with our friends, so we and he, sees them regularly.

I used to go to Cornwall EVERY year with my family when we were growing up.

Favourite Authors....Stephan Fry, Bill Bryson and Alan Bennett.

I occasionally sew, repair and iron.....shocking for you I know, but there it is.

I'm 5' 8" I think... no ones measured me for a long time !!

The 60's were my favourite decade. So much great music, growing up with that stuff was incredible.

I'd do another Disney film if they asked, and if I felt I wasn't repeating myself.

I'd work with Eric C at the drop of a hat. He's my favourite guitar player and I love him dearly, being in his band was an honour. Sting and I are pals. We seem to follow each other round Europe doing TV shows and he's always very affectionate.

Whipsandchains....I'll play at your wedding soon as I've done Stefan's living room...

Australia, everything will be available and I will be there to play on the R. of the W. tour assuming all is well. I realise Aussie fans have not seen much of me, and therefore the profile is low for me there...I'll fix it if I can...

The small jazz group idea is something I thought of after I played with George Duke and James Carter at Montreux 98....maybe one day...good names though Philly Jo..

Helpless Heart remains one of my favourite songs. I sang it with Paul Brady in Dublin on the Both Sides tour. He is wonderful and so is the song.

Swing Lo was one big reason I thought Testify would do well....the bomb was James Sanger's idea (the programmer) ...the loop was something I found on a CD ROM "Liquid Grooves". I love the song.

Xmas CD is a dangerous thing for someone with my reputation....ask Phildas, who is more concerned than me with me crooning !!!! Although Ahmet Ertegun suggested it to me only the other day.

BBQ....I'll be there after Stefan's living room, and whipsandchains wedding.

Matterhorn.....skied it many times, big time favourite.....

Ah...sooooo, it was Livier who started that....anyway, I don't regret leaving at all, sometimes I miss my pals that's all.

American Radio has changed beyond recognition. Ask anyone who remembers the 70's and 80's......FM was where you could hear ANYTHING that wasn't 3minutes long. XFM are trying to bring that back. Good luck to them.

Lastly, Least You Can Do definitely should be....Linn Perc on the Love Songs version....and real perc on the Testify version.....but at this stage who
knows !!!

There you go...love and see you.....Phil (the singer)
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« Reply #5 on: Jul 4th, 2011, 07:12am »

OCTOBER 2004

Hi guys....the questions keep coming in and already I'm finding it hard to keep up !! I try to make notes as I go through them, then write full replies afterwards but there are SO many I end up reading the new ones and getting lost. The result of this is that I'll end up way, way behind you....so I guess I'll have to start cutting the fat, and getting to the meat first....hope that no vegetarian guys are being sick now....

Random answers to various questions Pt.2...

Frida....lovely, lovely lady. She now spends a lot of time in Zermatt, so we see each other a bit. She is also a Godmother of Little Dreams. On her 1st album, we chose the songs together. My guideline as a "producer" is to help the person make the record THEY want to make, not what the Record Company want them to make. This has resulted in lots of unhappy Record Companies, and a few happy Artists !!! With Frida, in retrospect we chose some iffy material. However she was fragile, going through a divorce, which was why she asked me in the first place having heard Face Value, and I was her comfort blanket. There are a few great tracks though, including the title track by Russ Ballard, who was with Argent, though I grew up with him as a Roulette backing Adam Faith !!! Anyway, I have many happy memories of that album, and so does she. In the end, that's all that counts.

John Martyn.....I would do anything for this man. He is one of the totally original writers and singers on the planet. I've paid out of my own pocket to enable him to record his music, and I'd do it again tomorrow if he asked. I recommend No Little Boy as an introduction to anybody unfamiliar to his music, and take anything from there..... I met him as a session drummer on Grace and Danger, we became great friends as we were both going through painful divorces. We got drunk together, everything really except sex !!! I produced his next album Glorious Fool, and then did some gigs with him as a trio, Him, me and John Giblin on bass, and also as a quartet. Him, me, Giblin and Tommy Eyre on electric piano. Colleges, Universities etc..... I sang on No Little Boy, and added various things at a distance on "And"... I love him dearly.

Some asked about the drum sound on Duke....actually I can't recall whether we recorded that before or after FV, but at Polar Studios, Stockholm (ABBA) there was a lovely live room like the Townhouse where I'd done PG3 with Hugh Padgham. ( something tells me this WAS before FV ) Anyway the recording of Duke was great fun. Dave Hentschel, who I'd known for ages, was getting very comfortable with the guys, and we really got quite adventurous with some tracks like Duchess, one of my constant favourites from this album. The drums were recorded with close as well as distant mics, and were put through a severe limiter. Not unlike the Beatles drum sound....and close to the ITAT sound.

Autobiography.....I've said it before but, one day I'll write mine. No ghost writer, just me. Until I stop doing things though I feel it'll always be out of date....so it might be a while yet !!

Phildas, you'll have to take it up with the webmaster regarding your kind offers.....

George Harrison......after reading the post describing his comment on the Anthology, I rushed to the DVD's and found the spot. God, I was shocked. Thanks to whoever wrote that post, otherwise I'd NEVER would have seen it. GH saying my name !!! Actually, we have had many interesting moments together, which would take up many pages and perhaps one day I'll write them down. Or I could leave it for the book !!!!

Like China FYI is about teenage sex on the sofa before the parents come back from shopping....fact of life. It happened to me, and it'll happen to you...both as kid and as parent !!!

OK....I'm leaving it there for the moment. Be economical with the questions, otherwise I'll panic and go back down my hole !!!

Love you all madly...PC
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OCTOBER 2004

Hi to you all out there....here are my humble offerings to some of your questions in the Re Questions to Phil category....I'll get to Pt 2 at a later date....

There was one post regarding ITAT (see I'm getting the hang of it now eh ??) And its non appearance on DUKE. When we started writing DUKE, I had already written FACE VALUE, but had not yet taken my demos into the studio to expand them with Hugh. When we convened at my house, where we had decided to write DUKE, we all played each other a few things that we'd written ourselves. note: this was just before we decided to keep Genesis as a JOINT writing venture, therefore not going through this process. Anyway I played the guys what I had. Tony Banks, to this day, says that I didn't play ITAT, but I did. I played it because a/ I was proud of it and b/ because I felt it only right to play them everything I thought they'd like....remember I didn't know that I had a solo album IN me yet. Though I knew the songs were going to be out in some shape or form.... Tony and Mike chose Misunderstanding and Please Don't Ask. Misunderstanding had a Beach Boys flavour (!)...mainly due to Sail On Sailor from Holland, a great B.B. Album...and Please Don't Ask ( one of my most personal songs EVER ) as it had an ELO feel that Tony liked !!! I DID feel that the simplicity of some songs like If Leaving Me Is Easy would be lost if I handed it over, but we'll never know now....

High Flying Angel is about gang warfare in the big cities in the States. The Angel is the lady spirit who takes pity on the innocent victims that get in the way. It's my West Side Story thing......

Who Dunnit.....this song provoked Booos when we performed it in Europe when Abacab came out. It was built on a thing of Tony's when he had a new keyboard and went quickly round the presets in rhythm. I started improvising lyrics and we did it in an hour. If I can remind you that we were songwriters dipping into anything and everything, with punk happening and us agreeing that there WAS some deadwood needing to come off ( though not including OURSELVES in this !! ) we went for it.

Regarding signed articles being sold on eBay etc.......I don't want to sign things for people who are in the business of selling autographs. An Industry. I'll stand there and sign for fans. Sometimes with 30 people, 28 of whom are "dealers" there will be the 2 who are left pissed off....I'm sorry about that. I usually get a feel for the genuine....take the stories of the fans who chased the car on the last tour. I have a big heart, but I won't knowingly be taken.

Bone Thugs 'n' Harmony....great lads, and they came to Geneva to film their video....I kept saying I was too busy, but they kept getting closer !!! Phil Bone....I like it !!!

Again I say, IF we do the Rest of the World tour, Australia will certainly be part of it....

The question about being able to get the emotion every night for the same old songs.....well some of it depends on you guys. Sometimes Against All Odds is just a "performance", other times you guys will lift it to a level higher than that. You must always remember that half the "vibe" is you. When I do a song like Come With Me, I look around at those I can see, and sometimes I get very moved. It's not a "stand up and whoop" song, so when I see a smile and hands chest height clapping, that is all I need to know that you've "got it". When you start a song that's been written as a result of sadness ( or whatever ) you kind of dip into those feelings if you have to.

Fan Worship....I get uneasy if I think that people are living their lives THROUGH me. Fans that like/love what I do, well....I wouldn't be here without them....but there are a few I've heard from who have a slightly twisted way of looking at it, and I even see some of you responding to them as I would..... Believe me over the years I've had people write to me saying that they wrote the songs and that I should give them the money, or that I wrote this song for her and she's going to kill anyone who gets in her way....I tell you being a musician is a DANGEROUS business !!!

Over the Rainbow... I sang it on Face Value because on that record I fulfilled many of my dreams, and to sing that song was a kind of dream. I rang up the man that wrote the words and got all the correct lyrics....and that was special !!! The room I was singing in had a great natural reverb....all these reasons..

A few people have mentioned Take Me With You as a favourite song. This one is another of the John Martyn influenced things. I'd just got No Little Boy by him and Solid Air had this groove....I just did my version of that groove. I still love the song.

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Rodney Dangerfield.....a big comic hero of mine. We did a Rockline with Genesis, and they arranged a call to him, knowing that I was a fan. I did the "nice to see you in mens clothes" joke, which was his anyway, and he was tired and not very interested at having his own jokes being thrown back at him...quite understandable especially as his major grumble throughout his life was that people ripped off his jokes for themselves !!! I was excited but immature.......he WAS funny though on a good night.

Regarding the songs from Both Sides that have been played live on stage.....I tried most of them at rehearsals for that tour. We did play Can't turn back the Years, I've forgotten everything, Survivors, Please come out tonight, We wait and we wonder, Can't find my way home, We fly so close, Both Sides of the story....at shows during the European part for sure, maybe during the US and Rest of the World too, I can't remember now without digging out the videos and tapes. Certainly some of them were regulars and some we tried but they didn't make it for a variety of reasons. We fly so Close, for example, didn't get to the same build as it did on the record for some reason. I would certainly consider revisiting some at some point at one of the "showcase" gigs I keep threatening !! Sons of our Fathers is one of my favourites too. We fly so Close incidentally was written for the film "The Client". The lyrics mirror that story. However having written that and more score ideas, I was then told by Joel Schumacher that he'd given the job to James Newton Howard !!!.....the film business is funny, the Producer asked me to do it, without knowing the Director had asked someone else.....mind you at this point I was a complete unknown quantity as a Film writer. Most Film people don't dare leave the fate of their film with a first timer....

Regarding the French questions....what is DVD-A and SACD ??....can't answer the questions cos I don't understand it....

The Both Sides tour was filmed nearly every night on the Far Side tour after Europe and the USA. We were playing huge stadiums and had video screens, so I have the live switch videos of some of them. Likewise the FFFT, I have videos from those too...... And the answer is probably "no" !!!

In answer to someone's question about Ray Wilson not being on Carpet Crawlers....don't ask me !!! Trevor Horn produced it and it was hard enough to get it done with 5 of us..... Whenever there are remixes done of the PG era stuff, understandably Peter wants to be involved, however that slows the process down somewhat, as he works at his own speed which sometimes isn't the same as everyone else's. One reason why you have to wait quite a few years between albums !!! Still it's always worth the wait.....

As far as I know there no video in existence of Who Dunnit....

Eric from New Zealand...what is "A in 9/8 section" huh I refer to the "A".

Follow you Follow me....this was written at Shepperton Studios (we wrote there for the ...And Then There Were Three album) if I remember rightly. We had been to Brazil by then, so the Latin flavour may have come from that, certainly the Guica I used was bought by me in Brazil,,,,but the song was based on the guitar riff of Mikes. He also wrote the lyrics, not me. One of his first obvious Love songs.... Joe Zawinul, my hero of Weather Report fame, loved it apparently according to Chester who was in W.R. at that time. They played it on their bus all the time. He loved the drums....To think I was hip then and I didn't know it !!!

I'd like to point out that anyone who is under the impression that the number of concerts in the UK on this last tour were decided by somehow relating them to UK Record Sales would be mighty wrong. I gave my manager a month only, as I didn't want to open the door to supplying the demand, making the tour a long one. He then routed the tour in an economically efficient way. Expensive band remember.....and true we did do more shows in France or Germany say, but then they are bigger countries..... I have already mentioned in previous posts that I was sorry not to go to Ireland, and that I didn't play a gig in Scotland.....but above you have the only lame excuse I have.

Someone said that I was "the best talent the UK had produced"....and I have to say that I agree with you....so does my Mum, and so does Jack the dog...and possibly my little boy Nicholas....and apart from whoever said it in their post, I think that just about covers it....oh I forgot my wife, she thinks that too. Now if we could only convince a few critics !!!! Thanks anyway....

It is, I have to say, a great feeling knowing that so many R&B acts like what I do. I grew up listening to that stuff and to hear people like Jimmy Jam and many, many others stick by me, is very rewarding. The Urban Renewal CD bears witness to that and like it or not, the versions were all interesting. It's interesting too that REAL musicians and writers don't have the =prejudices that so many reviewers and critics do. Their "nets" are wider, and they're not concerned with what's HIP, just what's good.

Someone mentioned the Brits....I think my sell by date prevents me from getting on that stage again.

The DITL cover is me I promise....most of the time the ideas for covers, videos etc are mine, but I've worked with some wonderful photographers who bring things to the table as well. The Douglas Brothers, Trevor Key who did all the covers up till and including Both Sides, then unfortunately he died. Norman Watson, Lorenzo many of them, and they all add to your idea, and make it a team effort.

The choice of Misunderstanding in the last tour was the idea of my production manger Steve Jones (Pud)....he said HE liked it, so we had a go at it.....quite simple really !!! Mind you it was the first big hit in the USA for Genesis, so I have a soft spot for it. Also when we moved to the US from Europe, all the dynamics of the set changed. Songs that were Anthems in Europe like Can't Stop Loving You, didn't have the same popularity there, so Misunderstanding gave the show a lift in the right place. It wasn't fuelled by a desire to put a Genesis song in the set. I always considered it my song anyway as it had been written for FV.

San Antonio....who knows why we've never played there.....I'd love to...it would save me the trouble of having to visit the Alamo some other way. I went there after the Houston show...I got a little plane and took the family there and had a tour, something I hadn't done for 30 years. I'm much more knowledgeable now and an avid collector of documents from that whole story....the Birth of Texas.....I'm an Honourable Texas Citizen, I don't know if you were aware of that !!!...and an Honourable US Marshall....in theory I can give out tickets and make citizens arrests......so watch out !!

The Light....this became Lillywhite Lilleth on the Lamb. I wrote it way before that, but it hung on in there...

The remark on the old band intros, when I ask Chester "what...WHAT....is the most complicated drum pattern you know"...he'd scratch his head for a while and then start playing You Can't Hurry Love...it was meant as a joke !!! Someone out there thought I was serious I think....it was a way of getting us back into the music after the interminable intros that we loved but I guess the audience could have lived without.....sorry about that.

Athens....this along with many other exotic places will be on our list if we do the Rest of the World tour....possibly even Poland, but please don't hold your breath yet !!!

Guys I gotta go, dinner on the table....I'll be back to you when I can and please remember that the more questions there are, the more scared I'll feel about diving in.....

Lots of love from the singer....xxx
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OCTOBER 2004

Hi out there, I've found a few minutes to reply to some of your questions about this and that. Hope you find the answers useful.

TOUR INTRO MUSIC...I came across this music (SALIF KEITA) while I was doing some shopping in Japan on tour years ago. I can't recall whether it was the Genesis tour prior to the Serious Tour or whether it was during the Serious Tour itself. Being a fan of Senegalese Music (YOUSOU etc.) my ears pricked up when I heard the beautiful melody and choir. Though I later discovered when I bought the CD that Salif was from Mali not Senegal. I decided to use it as the "Anthem" to open the show on the during the Serious Tour, it was uplifting and the band liked it. Having the same piece of music every night just before you go on does a couple of things....it lets the crew and band know it's time for the last pee for two and a half hours (!) plus it creates a focus for everybody, like Bagpipes into battle !!! When it came to the FFFT, I thought of using it again as it was a bit of a nod to the past and we all still liked the piece. Likewise the importance of music to leave by....something some of you never hear if you leave before the end !!! On my First Tour for example, I used Groucho Marx singing the song Hello I Must Be Going, which was from one of the Marx Bros films (can't remember which one off hand....I have them all). That song was the reason I called the album that, and I thought it would be nice to have something completely different and humorous to send everyone home with. FFFT had Cole Porter songs for the same reason. I mention this as to show the amount of detail that gets paid attention to.

NOT RETIRING.....I made a note of this while scanning the questions and can't remember why !! Someone must have gotten the impression that I was stopping everything for good !! Not so, and although I will be more selective in what I do, I'll still be working on various things.

LYRICS.....this is an interesting one and I hope I can do the question justice replying in this way.... My lyric writing method was born while writing the songs that became Face Value. I basically improvised most of the lyrics on that album, while recording the voice. On Genesis albums, with and without Peter, so often the voice would be added last, and by that time all the available frequencies were used up by giant keyboard sounds, big drums (if I was lucky !!), layers of guitar etc. So left to my own devices, having gotten a sketch of the song down, which itself was improvised most of the time (HAND IN HAND, IN THE AIR etc.) I'd then sing so as to make sure the space was left for it. It was while singing like this, that most of the lyrics "arrived". The entire lyric of ITAT was improvised....many other lyrics on that album were too....obviously there would be holes left occasionally where I sang rubbish, but enough would be there to know what to put in the holes. Having STARTED my solo career like this, it led me to carry on in this fashion....which I did and still do. Pretty much ALL of Face Value and Both Sides was improvised.....most of But Seriously....All of Testify.... many, many songs born like that. This is not the way a lot of writers work of course. Some get a pen and paper and write their words in a different way, and this works for them. With special projects like Disney stuff, where there is a story to follow and enhance, it can work differently, but I still start with the improvised
runs on a song, and I usually get the main parts. It's a form of Jazz really !!

JET LAG....and the coping with it. Even t hough I've been travelling the globe for 34 years, there really is no efficient way to crack jet lag. Going East is even weirder...the first time in Japan was so strange. Instead of being behind home time wise, you're in front.....you can't understand ANYTHING on the street, shop signs, nothing. Very disorienting. Of course that was in 1978, it's a little more Westernised now....but the time hasn't changed, it's still weird. With Nicholas it's an adventure !!! If we go to LA for 10 days, which is 9 hours different from Switzerland, he'll gain an hour a night. So just as he adjusts to local time, we hop on the plane and come home where he has to do the same thing in reverse !!! Not easy for him or us...... Another bi-product of jet lag is playing a show where it's actually 5 am for you, and the voice is "asleep". This leads to straining and over use, and the inevitable problems. Anyway, some would say "that's why I get the big bucks !!!" Tough luck and get on with it !!!

BOTH SIDES VIDEOS... I was disappointed too that there was no visual record of the Both Sides tour. The stage was great. It was an interesting world trip, that would have made an interesting DVD. On the last part we chartered an Antanov plane to get the gear around, a different country each day, and there were many interesting incidents that would have been neat to have had a record of. An Around the World Tour kind of thing. When I have the time (!) I may check out the video tapes that I have for quality, and see if there's something to be put together from them.

RAY COKES....always had a great time with Ray. He had a Producer called Mike Kaufman, who filmed the FFFT Documentary, and we've done many humorous bits together over the years, some sketches involving getting to VH1 studios and the accidents that can happen en route.....Ray was always fun to work with. Incidentally, Neptune was a song I sang on the Flaming Youth Ark 2 album.

NPL.....too many questions....but a couple of answers here. I always forget Lyrics on stage.....especially near the beginning of a tour. I start to think of something, did I turn the oven off, put the cat out....that kind of stuff, and my concentration goes and that's it....gone !!! Sometimes with Genesis and the story songs it was lethal if that happened. If I lost the place on Home By The Sea for example, I sometimes might never come back. I'd be singing jibberish the rest of the song !!! I don't tend to listen to my old stuff unless I'm preparing for a tour or for a specific reason like that. Sometimes the touring version has gotten so far away from the original idea, that you need to listen to it to bring it back a little. Things can get too slow or too fast. There was one thread about Separate Lives that mentioned that it was far too slow now...I listened, agreed and sped it up....

LIONEL....was the working title for Do You Remember, and it was because it had an easy feel that reminded me, at least at the demo stage, of a Lionel Richie thing.

JAZZ...I like jazz but not unconditionally. Joe Zawinul I adore. Some of the Big Bands of the past, James Carter, Miles, Wayne Shorter, Charlie Watt's CD's......many artists in fact, but not all aspects of Jazz.

ON MY WAY.....I dropped this song in the set as we were a song too long. I know it was a favourite for some people, but overall it wasn't that well known, and a song like that can slow the momentum of a show.

LOOK THROUGH MY EYES....I sang this song in French as it was the single from the film. However it proved a very long process in French, and I couldn't face the idea of doing it in German, Italian, and Spanish !!! It's quite high and there are loads of harmonies, all of which would have to be done.....couldn't face it !!!

PETER GABRIEL.....always been a fan of Pete's music. In Genesis we were very close. Tony was actually his best friend at school, but we bonded due to our mutual love of Soul music and both being drummers. In 1979/80 (I think) I volunteered my services to him when he couldn't afford his mainly American band all the time to rehearse and write. I lived at Ashcombe House for 2 or 3 months while he wrote what was to become his 3rd CD. John Giblin was on bass, Joe Partridge was on guitar, and we had a keyboard player called Geoff......we played most days and routined songs...Biko, Wallflower, No Self Control....quite a few from his soon to be made CD. We also learned some of his older songs, and he and I duetted some nights on the Lamb as a finale. At Crystal Palace I stood in the wings in case Jerry Morotta fell over with food poisoning !!! It went like this.... I had received a call Saturday morning, the day of the show, from Gail Colson, his manager at the time. She asked me if I could come and play as Jerry was very sick and unable to. I got out all my PG discs and brushed up on all the songs. Drove to Crystal Palace only to find a much improved Jerry getting dressed for the gig !!! As I was there and there was still a chance he would keel over at any time, I set my drums up behind his on stage and played along in case he fell over !!! He didn't, and it must've looked very strange to people who saw me at the back of the stage, hiding yet playing along......and people ask if we like each other !!! I love Pete and would play with him in a second if he asked.

People, I gotta go now, I'll get to the next batch when I can, but I have some promotion coming up, things that your webmaster has posted elsewhere on the site.

Till the next time...I remain your obedient servant...love PC
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NOVEMBER 2004

Hi everybody out there, I've been on the Genesis site sniffing around, as well as the PC site, and here are a few answers to some of the issues raised....

SECONDS OUT....there seems to be an almost unanimous feeling that there was a lot of tarting up done on this album. I have no recall at all on re-doing stuff. Particularly the Carpet Crawlers backing vocals. Entangled...almost certainly didn't.... As a rule we tried very hard not to fix anything....but your posts are so convincing that it's hard not to just cave in and own up anyway!!! However, I'm pretty sure we didn't. Perhaps the way it was mixed made it sound more "studiofied".... However I must admit that unlike a lot of you, I haven't heard it for ages.

STEVE LEAVING... I for one am not avoiding any "Steve" questions....you ask, I tell....regarding his leaving.....I was driving to Trident Studios one morning, and saw him on the Bayswater Road. I stopped and said "jump in" and he strangely said "no, I'll call you later”. When I arrived at the studio both Mike and Tony said..."have you heard about Steve ??"...I said “No”. Seems he'd left. It is well documented that he felt he wasn't getting enough material through the "audition" process, but I've always maintained that his material was weaker than the others. Same goes for me. I wouldn't have expected an equal share of space with material that was not as strong as others on offer.

MATCH OF THE DAY....no video was done for this as far as I can recall....but I am weak and my limbs are frail.....etc. Etc. It was also not our finest hour looking back at it now !!! I wrote the embarrassing lyrics and the track featured an attempt to bring some of the hipper grooves of the day into Genesis, with very suspect results.

REHEARSAL STUFF...ERIC R....what was the question again huh!

PATPUR....have fond memories of the Chicago and Miami Atlantic jams. All I possess though are some old photos from Chicago. Did I really play with Wilson Pickett huh

FADING LIGHTS....there was no hint of prediction as far as I'm aware of. Tony wrote these lyrics, but I think the idea is more global than specific.

GABRIEL 3RD.....I played a fair bit on this album. Intruder, Biko, No Self Control and the snare drum on Family Snapshot. Again, this ran on from being around Pete during his writing sessions and the shows following them. Apart from the drum part for Intruder and the rolling toms of No Self Control, I had no influence on the material.

BRAND X.....regarding this whole period, I feel as if it's a suit I once wore that doesn't fit anymore. It certainly was great fun at the time. The very early days of BX were quite different from the latter day BX. Originally it was more of an Average White Band groove band that I sat in with weekly.....then a couple of guys left and the direction changed to what most people remember now. Both Robin Lumley and Peter Robinson lived at my house during my "great sorrow" (!) period, and despite the divorce we had a LOT of fun !!! Listening back to it now, it's over complex and, and as I said, it's not a suit I feel comfortable in anymore. Though I have fond memories of all the team. Percy Jones is a unique bass player, John Goodsall was stunning, everyone that passed through the ranks while I was there were great players.

FAMILY ON TOUR....there was a question about whether it would have been Orianne at the mixing desk on the FFFT. Most certainly yes. When she was there, that's where she sat. Occasionally towards the end of the US leg, she sat in the audience at the side of the stage near my drums to get a different perspective....also Nic could see me drumming better from there !!! She only missed one or two nights of the entire tour, and that was only because Nicholas needed an early night when we did lots of runs of 4/5/6 shows. She's quite a woman....being pregnant and all that goes with it, she kept up without complaint throughout Europe and the US. It was with her blessing that I did the tours in the first place. If she had not been keen on the idea I may not have done it at all. Extraordinary Woman.

BLUES BROTHERS MEDLEY.... I saw a question about the medley at the end of the Genesis shows. Basically it was a Blues Brothers medley. I don't remember how it started....I think probably one night during the vamp at the end of Turn it on Again, I started to sing something as a joke....if Tony or Mike laughed then that was all the encouragement I needed !!! So it grew from there, and all of us being fans of soul music from the 60's, we just kept adding to it nightly. The Blues Bros hat and shades were the next obvious addition. I can understand some people shaking their heads in bewilderment and dismay at hearing their favourite "thinking" band doing this, and it's an odd idea looking back now I have to agree.....my only excuse is that it seemed a good idea at the time !!! At that point in the show...i.e. the end, I think we felt we'd done everything we wanted, so we'd have a bit of a laugh. It's that "we're only entertainers after all" thing again....

INVISIBLE TOUCH TOUR PHOTOS FROM STAGE....this is an interesting one. As some of you may remember, I used to come out at the beginning of the show with a camera and take pictures of the audience. There was a reason for this. That tour around the US and Europe, was the first time we'd ever played the big stadiums. I used to go to the sound check and take a panorama shot of the place empty, and then get the same shot of the place full. I still have the photo albums I put them in, and when this question was raised from someone regarding the Roundhay Park show, it occurred to me that there might be a "coffee table" book in there somewhere !!! I'll have to dig them out and think about it. Ringo just did a book on Postcards he collected.....something along those lines maybe....for Charity.

CAMEL....I'm sorry I can't remember ANYTHING about this relationship. Did I play on their album huh I have a vague memory of Andy Ward playing percussion with Brand X, after that it's all a blur I'm afraid.

BURN DOWN THE MISSION....originally chosen and recorded for the Two Rooms tribute album, we did rehearse it on the Both Sides tour, and as someone pointed out, we played it on the odd occasion. I think we would have dropped it as an encore because it was tough on the voice. The last time I sang it was with his band at an Elton John Grammy tribute in LA around 2000.

LOVE SONGS CHOICE....the choices for this CD were made by choosing the songs I felt were the best of those I'd written or not, and those that needed to be there due to popularity. I could have put more "dark horses" on there, but I was under pressure to include certain songs that I personally could have done without. Everyone knows Against All Odds for example, so I would have replaced it with a lesser known love song, but I was under a little pressure to put it in. There are some fans I would imagine, that want the "best" love songs in one place, in spite of having them on different CD's. I have said before that I monitor the "re-cycling" of existing material as much as possible.

DRUM DUETS.....I thought it might be of interest to you to know how the infamous drum duets were born. Originally Los Endos was the reason for the duets being there at all. As the record version started with a short percussion break into the tune proper, we automatically extended that break during the rehearsals with Bill Bruford for its first tour outing in 76. When Chester joined in 77, we extended it some more and eventually over the years it became the monster we know and love today !!! It was never wildly popular with Tony or Mike, in fact I had to insist that it be included on the "The Way We Walk the Longs"....!!! It has always been a highlight of any tour purely because nearly everybody (except maybe Tony and Mike !!) loves seeing 2 drummers going for it. During one of the later tours the road crew started holding up signs after Chester and I finished with score cards, like they do at Ice Skating Competitions, giving the length of that nights duet !! However it is the way the duets were "scripted" that's interesting. In the days when we used to rehearse in Dallas, the home of Showco, the sound and light company we used, we were staying in hotels for maybe ¾ weeks prior to going out on long tours. Chester and I would get together in his room or mine, and sit on chairs facing each other with a chair in between us. We would play on the middle chair with sticks and record hours of improvisation on a cassette player. When we finished, we'd listen back to what we'd played and stop the tape when anything good happened. Sometimes it would be something that we'd played together, or sometimes it would be him playing and me complementing him with my part.....whatever sounded good. We'd start stringing these parts together until we had a piece that built to a climax. The more we did this process, the less we had to talk about it, as it became like one person playing. Playing with 2 drummers is not as easy as we sometimes make it look !! There are certain things you try to avoid as it will be messy. Triplets over a 4/4 pattern can get messy....different things you learn over time....what to do and what not to do. My less than enjoyable experience at Live Aid with Zeppelin was mainly due to me and Tony Thompson not being on the same page. The best examples of 2 drummers playing as one are Jim Keltner and Jim Gordon on Joe Cockers Mad Dogs and Englishmen live album, Keltner and Ringo at the Bangla Desh concert and Chester playing with Ralph Humphrey on Zappa's live Roxy and Elsewhere album. This incidentally is where I got the idea that Chester would be good in Genesis, not from his playing with Weather Report.....I'd also put in the list the Live albums that Chester and I have played on, with Genesis or my solo thing. Done well, it's a beautiful thing.

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Before I leave this topic, I have to mention the Lord Of The Dance show....if anybody reading this saw that show, then the line up of 30 or so Irish Tap Dancers dancing as one at the front of the stage is as close as you'll get to non drummers drumming....tremendously exciting. Everybody doing the SAME thing, which is why our drum duets have never been "battles"....we play together, even if we're playing different parts. They make up the whole. This whole part started from a question about whether a "mistake" had been made by me or Chester during one of the opening salvos on the FFFT. There were a couple of times when one of us, including Luis, missed a cue, but....mistake ?? I wouldn't call it a mistake, more interpretation on the night !!!

DUKE ELLINGTON...someone rather rashly compared me to this man, and I think we should be very careful about such things. He was a genius. Leave it there. Something that did come out of the same question was me composing for a Big Band. This seems to me such a complicated thing that I have stayed away from it....my response could be "when I grow up". I was quite surprised by some of the arrangements of my tunes and Genesis tunes....they lent themselves to a Big Band nicely.

PHOTO BROCHURE....in the programme there was an invite to buy tour photos from Guido Karp. Someone said that they had waited but not received anything yet. Sorry to hear about that. Guido works independently, and probably is dealing with a backlog. I suggest getting in touch and stamping your foot hard.

FAVOURITE SINGERS...Paul Brady, Bruce Hornsby, John Martyn, Bonnie Raitt, Stephen Bishop, Yousou....enough for the time being.

PLATINUM COLLECTION....someone asked if I listen to my stuff at all for pleasure. No, although Nicholas insists on listening to it in the car, so I'm a bit stuck with it !!! Just recently I had to listen to the Genesis Collection to give my thoughts on the new mixes and it was like listening to some songs for the first time. I had not heard a lot of them for years, and it scared me 'cos I didn't know what was coming next....some pieces of a song I'd completely forgotten about. It was like the nightmare when you have to do something but you can't remember how to do it, and everyone's watching and waiting.

SIMONS CD...his new CD will be available soon via the websites (his, mine via a link and possibly the Genesis site too) I did NOT come up with the chant idea on "Pride". That was his idea, I just sang along with him on it.

ONE WATCH....on tour I only ever wore one watch, and never on stage. What you saw from a distance was a bracelet on my right wrist given to me by my Wife. I call it my "homing" bracelet as that way she always knows where I am !!! On the other wrist were 2 leather straps given to me by my Wife so she can string me up IF she can't find me !!

PRODUCTION...no more plans for producing other artists. I enjoyed it, but from the beginning of the process to the end of it, it takes a LONG time...and I don't want to spend my time doing that anymore....at least not in the foreseeable future.

SMOKING WITH STING....are you sure huh It certainly wasn't anything illegal. We would have done that somewhere else !!! No, I don't even know if he smokes......I'll have to check a tape of it, but 99.9% sure it isn't a cigarette or a joint.

People that's all for now.....the plane is landing and I've got to go home and have my dinner !!! I'll be back to you with more when I can....try to be selective in the questions you choose, otherwise I won't be able answer everybody. It has been suggested that perhaps the questions may frighten me away, but it keeps me on my toes, and in a way is preparing me for the inevitable Book one day.....but till then I remain The Singer xx
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Hi people, some more replies for you. I haven't answered every question posted, only those that captured my imagination at that second....if I've missed something that you REALLY must have an answer to, re-post it and I'll try to find something to say. Don't be offended if your question has been "ignored", it's just for the above reasons if I've missed them. Nothing personal !!


JOSH....saw somewhere that he was back on board, but haven't found anything....

TEARING AND BREAKING.....this song's history goes back to around 95. John called me to ask me if I would produce another album for him, and though I love him dearly, I said I really couldn't commit that much time to something at that stage in my life. Having not long moved to Switzerland and being in the process of setting up house.....buying Knives and Forks, that kind of thing !!! We said we'd try to do something by sending tapes to each other and each adding stuff to them. We agreed that he would send me whatever he had and I'd book a studio and record some drums....do some singing in my garden shed recording studio, for that's what it was at that time.....and send them back for him to use or not. Most of this work became his CD "AND".....for some reason though he felt that "T and B" had become mine, and gave it to me to do whatever I wanted with it. On the version that I returned to him, I'd put down a vocal of me "doing a John Martyn" kind of low growl !!! Just so he could see how it might turn out. That basically is the version that's on Love Songs. He wrote the chords, and had some mumbled lyrics that I made sense out of. I invented the chorus harmony parts, and did the entire track at home on my own playing everything, except the flugel solo by Harry Kim, which I recorded during the FFFT rehearsals. Allen Sides mixed the track in LA. He came to see the Dance tour at Earls Court and fell in love with "Can't Turn Back The Years".....I'm still waiting for him to release his version....!!!! I have a copy of his demo and it's wonderful.

MAMA....the origin of this song came from a drum machine rhythm on a Linn that Mike had. It was put through an AMS effects unit, which had been designed to replicate my Non Linear Gated drum sound from ITAT and Intruder etc. We started jamming along on this rhythm, and Tony plugged into an early midi connection at the back of the machine and that gave him the triggered organ rhythm....hope I've not lost anyone yet !!!.... With all that going on, I started singing along with a Lennon delay on my voice.....and it took off from there. Hugh Padgham had brought in a copy of Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" and we were loving it.....and I ripped off the laugh from that. The lyrics were mine, and they were as someone already said, about an elderly prostitute whom our hero has an infatuation with. I have to add that all the references to "getting so hard" etc are not meant to be sexual !!! I say that before someone starts THAT story off !!!

DVD'S ON COMPUTERS....someone said that their DVD didn't sound good on their computer ?? I mention this, as the other day I was watching a test DVD of the Genesis compilation and it sounded terrible. I sent the word out, and Nick Davis called and said that was normal on a laptop....the compression is so severe. It basically can't handle it. Of course you may have a different set up which normally works with DVD's with no side effects....in which case I can't help you !!!

LOVE SONGS VERSIONS.....someone sounded upset that a few songs had changed on this CD from their original state. I've dealt with this before, and don't really want to waste time again with it, however I changed things as I had the opportunity to fix a few things that had grown to bug me about certain songs. The only one even I was surprised about was "Somewhere" which I had intended to be the original longer version, but I found out too late. Too busy with rehearsals to notice.....as I said on an earlier post, those concerned have been shot and quietly buried in a field near Dorset !!!

PRESENTS.... When in Holland recently, a lady gave me a cuddly toy for our soon to be born baby. She asked on the site if I got annoyed with people giving me/us gifts......Now why would I get annoyed ?? It's a lovely gesture and I am touched by the care and attention. I will say though that with the new baby, even WE are strapped for space....so don't feel obliged to send things.....posting your best wishes would be easier for us !!! Incidentally, the little Monkey I was given in Holland is in the baby's room already !!! Thanks

ALBUM 5.1 REMIXES....3 albums have been already remixed, Face Value, NJR, and But Seriously. Allen Sides did them a couple of years back. I have put them on hold because to my mind the only reason to put these CD's out AGAIN, would be as part of a COMPLETE set of PC CD's. It seems though that the Record Company jury is out as to whether a box set that includes less "popular" CD's like Both Sides and DITL is worth it...my feeling is that any kind of box set is not complete unless it IS complete.

BAGPIPES....I've always loved the sound of bagpipes and I eventually got given a set of pipes and a chanter as a Xmas gift in 93/94. I found a teacher who visited my house and gave me lessons a couple of times a week, and went off on the road with Both Sides and practised hard every day. It is true that it takes ages to play them properly and fluently, but I managed to be able to play Amazing Grace quite well and reasonably quickly. I also bought myself a set of Irish pipes, but they're very difficult to make sense of. I also, incidentally, bought tap shoes after seeing Lord of the Dance in New York with Flatley....he gave me a pair of his too....I was so taken with the idea of learning how to.....drummers have always historically been good tap dancers and likewise dancers good drummers. Buddy Rich was a great tapper, Fred Astaire, a great drummer.

FOLLOW YOU....I guess South America had something to do with Follow You Follow Me in some way...I bought a lot of percussion when I was there, and the Guica can be heard on that song, as well as the basic groove. I bought lots of records there and did a lot of listening. In fact the biggest drum, the Surdo, that I bought has often been borrowed by Peter G for various things. I used it on Biko.

THRU THESE WALLS....this song is in fact about a pervert who gets off listening to others next door. I used to portray this character during the first tour. I got the idea from a line a heard in a song on the radio....somehow the line "I can hear through these walls" jumped out on the fade of a song, and I picked it up and ran with it.

SOUTH PARK....I think they've "mocked" me a few times, though I've only seen the Oscar episode myself. In some respects I'm flattered that they'd take the time to lampoon me, but as a show I'm not that impressed to be honest. They certainly made a habit of taking the mickey during the Oscar "race". ..and of course it's their style to have a go at someone like me, in the same way as a Jonathan Ross might do.....

PERSONAL LIFE IN PUBLIC.....someone mentioned how difficult it must be to have everyone know your private life. Well, honestly, they don't know really. A lot of the time what you read is made up from semi truths. Of course something like my "Tabloid Hell" was highly unpleasant to live through, but it's one of the inevitabilities of being in "show business", a business that is moving slowly more towards a tabloid style of existence.

CHARLIE DRAKE....the post about Robert Fripp mentioning Charlie Drake and his recording session brought back many memories. It did indeed feature Fripp, Percy Jones, Keith Tippett, Me and Peter G. A friend of Pete's, Martin Hall wrote the song, or possibly co-wrote it with Peter, called "You Never Know". Apparently Charlie Drake who was a huge comedy star of the 50's and 60's wanted to make a record. How he ended up with this line up I have no idea !!! It seems the most obscure set of people to make a comedy record. On the day Charlie, who was quite small, turned up with a brand new denim outfit for his rock debut....it was quite touching to see him at it. Percy Jones and I were already in Brand X by then and had probably recently played on Robert Fripps solo album "Exposure". The whole session was one of life's interesting snapshots !!!!

FRIPP....I don't remember him being asked to join when Steve left, "I am old my eyes are weak etc...." but it is entirely possible and appropriate.

FOOTBALL.... I used to support Brentford when I was a small boy as I lived not far away. I moved closer to London and lived close to Queens Park Rangers, and had a season ticket for a few years during the great Stan Bowles, Phil Parkes years. I have to say though that I always had a soft spot for the Spurs team of the 60's with Greaves (a real hero of mine) and Mackay etc....(I could name the whole team but I won't !!! ) However I lived in West London and Spurs over in North London was too far to go as a lad. More recently (70's!!) I've kept a close eye on Liverpool and befriended Kenny Dalglish, David Johnson and Ray Clemence. In fact one year they one the championship, we played in Liverpool the same day as the deciding game, and we all got together after the show and had a few drinks. So as you see I've spread my affection around a bit !!! Quite honestly I now watch any game if it looks like it'll be a good game.

VOCAL WARMING UP....never have done this....should do, but never have. Not being a trained singer, I've always felt that while I was warming up I'd be using up my ammunition !!! Not a good example to set I know......

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MANCHESTER...I do have a video from the gig there, which featured a cameo performance by Silent Bob apparently on Sussudio !!! The tapes are safe with me, and at some point I could let him have a copy of it....but I know where THAT would lead, with EVERYONE asking for a bit !!!! Sooooo...... SHEFFIELD.....played the City hall loads of times, but I can't remember what dressing room we had...."I am old my eyes are weak etc..."

ME AND CELINE.....no the idea of a duet hasn't really ever crossed my mind. Although, someone did have an idea that her and I doing "This Love This Heart" would be a killer. The idea is a little MOR really, and I don't need any more of that than I've already got !!!

SITE LOOK....I like the way the site is, but I'm not the best judge !!! I have asked webmaster bill about the background music idea and we've yet to get into the details and possibilities of it due to my workload, but we will. Also stuff being made available for downloading. The thing that holds this up is me finding what to put on, and the best version of it.

SAN ANTONIO....is my favourite Texas City, mainly because of my fascination with the Alamo and what led to and from it. I visited the city after we played in Houston and paid homage, and as you may know, I'm an avid collector of all things Alamo. I have lots of Historical documents signed by Crockett, Bowie, Travis, Houston and many others....big fascination with it since I was a boy....

HELPLESS HEART....this is a Paul Brady song, it sounded like the poster thought it was a John Martyn song. I'll do it one day.

This brings about the close to the remaining pages so far, and I believe Bill is going to open up shop again soon for more. I'm returning now from a trip to Germany where amongst other things I spent a day or so with "the lads" doing interviews for the Genesis new offerings. We discussed the inevitable questions of reunions and such, and we came to no conclusions at all I'm afraid. In fact if I was a betting man I'd put money against the possibility. We all have an affection for each other, that's not an issue. It just seems a little unlikely for some reason. I think talking all day about the possibility of it almost burnt the idea out. Anyway, never say never..... I'll get back to you soon, and of course I'll let you know of the arrival of "son of Collins" !!!

Till then I remain...the singer.
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NOVEMBER 2004

Hi people, more words of wisdom and answers.....for your reading pleasure.

QUESTIONS.... I only go forward not back, so as I said last post, if there's anything I missed that you REALLY need answering, repost it.

SILENT BOB CLIP....if I do it for you Bob, everyone will be asking for their moment too.....have to think about it.

QUEEN... I have a big soft spot for Brian and Roger. Met Freddie many times and always was a good laugh. He was a fantastic showman. In the early days of their 1st album they were managed by Trident Studios, and we saw each other a lot back then. The Jubilee concert was great fun in general and there were hundreds of highlights, the rehearsals for 2 weeks where we just played all day with all these great people coming in to do their tunes.....so, so many moments. Queen asked me if I'd like to sing We Are The Champions in their set. I was flattered so I went down to rehearse with them....when they started playing, my ear went crazy....they were the LOUDEST THING I've ever heard....in fact it was just as the Doctors had told me it would be in that situation. At that moment, I not only said I couldn't do the song, but I put a big ? On touring again. I still love Brian and Roger though.

UNPLUGGED....this show was taped at a very low point in my life. Although I'd met Orianne which was life changing, the press were giving me absolute Hell. In amongst all this I'd been rehearsing songs at sound checks for the show. Suddenly we were in London where the most "heat" was and I was in front of an audience where I felt most of the people had "judged" and "sentenced" me. I'm sure the show was better than I remembered but I'd have to listen to it and be quite sure it was worth it to release it. Storytellers, a similar show that was, on the other hand, quite inspired....check it out if you can.

TARZAN MUSICAL....Originally I was expecting to do my versions of the Musical songs, but as there'll be an Original Cast CD, I won't, at least at first. Perhaps I'll record a few of the songs at some point anyway for a project of some sort as I'm very pleased with the new ones.

LIVE AND LOOSE....the concert was edited down as you know, though why I can't remember right now. Maybe a technical issue ?? Anyway, there certainly is no reason why the extra cuts couldn't be issued at some point. They were mixed and edited as far as I can recall.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE....this was the subject matter of No Son Of Mine for sure. The title came out of my improvising with the guys when we wrote the various things that became WCD....no reason at all for it, just popped out. It certainly had nothing to do with MY family background nor MY relationship with MY kids !!! Also on Both Sides of the Story, there is a verse relating to a scenario like that. It is a very deep and dark subject. Abuse in the home, Child or Adult, Mental or Physical scars for life, although I'm sure I don't need to tell you that.

HEY NOW SUNSHINE....for some reason I listen to other peoples advice and sometimes I shouldn't do !!! Basically I had loads of songs for Testify, and they couldn't all go on. So you end up taking other peoples suggestions on board....management, engineers, producers, musicians..... I've always loved that song. It was written about my youngest daughter Lily, who then about 11, was visiting with us and on a trip to Zermatt. She "fell" for a young lad while she was there, and it was a very sweet story....which ended up being the subject of the song...a "holiday romance" kind of thing....

GABRIEL... I went to see PG in Lyon in France with Tony Banks. The show was great and we were made to feel very welcome backstage. I love so much of Pete's shows that it's difficult to pick a couple of moments. However the vocal accapella intro to Mercy Street is one.... On the US tour, I loved Come Talk To Me with the phone box....the very end of the show with everyone disappearing into the suitcase....brilliant way to end a show.

FEEDING THE FIRE...sometimes songs just don't feel complete or strong enough even when they are. They naturally fall by the wayside. Of course unlike the HEY NOW SUNSHINE story, WE (Genesis) are the ones that sometimes make the wrong decisions as to what goes on or not.

5.1....answered this before, check previous posts.

DVD IN NORTH AMERICA....well, I'm just as pissed off as you guys !!! We edited, approved, rushed in some cases to be ready for a release in November, and then I discover by accident, which makes me even madder, that it's been delayed because of greedy publishers basically. It seems that as there was so much material used more than once (live and video clips) a deal had to be struck because of the legal side, to keep the price down. I'M OVER SIMPLIFYING THIS I'M AFRAID.....anyway, the deal was easily resolved in Europe, but some American publishers are dragging their heals over agreeing to compromise. In the States, every time the track is used it has to be paid for....we are trying to simplify that to keep it at a sensible price. This kind of thing is why I have a manager, and he's been battling for months......sorry, is all I can say.....although in the end it's me that suffers too from losing sales at a "good" time.

WELCOME...we rehearsed a great new version of this for the FFFT, but decided to drop it due to the amount of material and the fact that it was not that well known a song. Gerald did rehearse It's Not Too Late with us, but it was a little out of the Soprano sax range. It's easy on a keyboard to do it, but when you get the real instrument there, it's a different story.

HOTEL WRECKING...never got into that, even when tired and frustrated. We did, with Brand X, have a few moments, but I was always the one who apologised for it !!! The guys did super glue a few phones to their cradles, and glued TV's on full volume !!! Nothing life threatening, but mild mannered fun !!! I usually put the wrapping back ON the soap !!! Not Rock'n'Roll at all !!!

SINGLES....there is a rumour in various places that I have a formula for making "hits"....oh I wish there was one and that I had it...... When I start writing for my "collection" of songs, all I want to do is write something that takes me to a new place. Never ever have I considered ANYONE else other than me at that stage. Only when it's all finished and the dust is settling do I wonder if I have anything suitable as "a single" to represent the body of work. I normally opt for something that suggests something new for me like on Seriously, I chose "Hang in", something quite aggressive. Not "Paradise", that was someone else's idea. I was urged to release "Everyday" as the first single from Both Sides, I chose and got the title track. Mainly as it was a guitar driven song, different for me. I was wrong. I have NO IDEA what makes a good single.

THE MUSICAL BOX.... I have never been that keen on "tribute" bands, although I had the Counterfeit Stones at an end of tour party in 97, and the Bootleg Beatles (as a surprise) at my 50th. They are magnificent by the way. I still haven't seen the Musical Box, but I have the inclination that they are well above the normal. I therefore have written the programme notes for their Lamb tour. I hope to see them when they play Geneva next year, and I wish them all the best of luck.

GETTING IT RIGHT....I'm rarely satisfied with anything I've recorded (except most of Both Sides and Testify), so that's where the "haven't got it right" quote comes from. I once heard a Film Director say that no matter how high his hopes were, on the first day of shooting when the leading lady comes in to work with a huge spot on her face so that he has to light her differently to cover it up, that from that moment on, it all seems a compromise. I thought this really nailed how I felt. I'm a great believer in "the glass being half full, not half empty", but the principle that it'll hardly ever live up to expectations seems usually to be the case.....

DEEP GREEN/ DARK GREEN.....the latter was "Man of our Times" on Duke if I remember well. Deep Green was what ?? A Jack Lancaster thing ?? No idea, but I don't think it was a duet with a woman.

BRICK...never heard of them. Chinese Wall though is a wonderful track, captured at exactly the right moment in time performance wise. George Massenberg.....wonderful brain and engineer.

FAMOUS PEOPLE IN SWITZERLAND... Never see anyone here !!! I bumped into Shania Twain here at the airport once....and I saw Michael Schumacher's car in the car park......no we all keep ourselves to ourselves. Bryan Adams doesn't live here.......

FAVOURITE SET LIST... A good example of a question that IF it were the ONLY question, I might have had a crack at answering, but under these circumstances.....impossible and you are obviously far better equipped with a memory than me....

MARTIN PAGE.... Interesting question. I met him in LA, and I knew his name as a writer from the Earth Wind And Fire albums. I had assumed he was black as the band were a major R&B act. Wrong. He was a very ambitious young white guy. Very nice in fact. He invited me to play on his album, which I did. Along the way I got to play with the members of Blue Nile (itself a coup !! ) and generally had a good time. I haven't seen him for a long time, I hope he's well as he was a genuine "good bloke".

PETER V PHIL...absolutely no point in this. In fact we will only waste valuable breath on any comparison. As far as I'm concerned he is a far more intellectual writer and person than me, and I have a directness that maybe he hasn't. I love this man and his music very much. Comparisons don't do either of us any favours, and in fact if we hadn't been in the same band for 4 years 30 years ago, no one would even think of making a comparison.

SILVER SONG...sang it at Ants house many years ago, and haven't heard it since......like Ant a lot.

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ACTING....the Parking Problem part of the DVD is one of my favourite bits. It makes me want to do more acting, and in time I may well do that. I hope that you guys are enjoying the depth of the DVD. It's something I'm very proud of as a retrospective.

SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE VERY OFTEN... I've used this in many intros, and it comes from a Steve Martin sketch when he says that and does something outrageous. His stand up comedy was a huge influence on me in the early days. I considered him to be my "private find"...I didn't realise he was so huge in America !!! A lot of the Genesis intros, and my own solo tour intros were steals from him. I feel both guilty and embarrassed by it now....but hey !! I was young.....

I think I've reached the end of my tether tonight. I'll get to more when I can. As I've said before, this all makes a book more the likely....I quite enjoy racking the brain and my typing has gone from non-existent to pretty fast....only hope you'll all buy it, even if you've read it here before !!!

See you soon...till then I remain....the singer.
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