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The London-born Phil Collins got his start in a band called Flaming Youth in 1969, when he was just 18 years old. By the following year, he was drumming for Genesis. When singer Peter Gabriel left in 1975, Collins stepped up to the mic for another role. (He also played in the jazz-rock group Brand X.) In 1981, he released his debut solo album, ‘Face Value,’ which centered on his divorce. For the next decade or so, he split his time between Genesis — who got bigger than ever — and his successful solo career, which yielded the No. 1 albums ‘No Jacket required’ and ‘ … But Seriously’ in the ’80s. He left Genesis for good in 1996 and has since released more solo records. But after news of nerve damage surfaced, Collins has more or less retired from performing, claiming that he can’t play drums anymore. Still, fans hold out for a Genesis reunion featuring the core lineup from the ’70s.

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Francis Tsang / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Phil Collins Vs. Bill Ward: March Drum Madness

In 1970, Phil Collins and Bill Ward were at the beginning of their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame careers, but they took far different paths to get there.

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Phil Collins Is Working on Adele’s New Album After All

Last January, Phil Collins revealed he was working with Adele on a song for her next album.

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Phil Collins’ ‘In the Air Tonight’ Cover Featured in Ad for ‘A.D.: The Bible Continues’

A new version of Phil Collins' 'In the Air Tonight' provided the soundtrack in a Super Bowl ad for the upcoming NBC miniseries 'A.D.: The Bible Continues.'

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30 Years Ago: Phil Collins’ Solo Career Goes Supernova With ‘No Jacket Required’

By the mid-'80s, Phil Collins already had a pair of Top 10 solo albums to his credit, plus his day job in a little band called Genesis.

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Phil Collins Unable to Sing, Cancels First Concert Appearance In Four Years

A neurological condition prevented Phil Collins from performing at a charity concert.

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Phil Collins Considered Walking Out of Led Zeppelin’s Live Aid Reunion

Phil Collins says he considered quitting mid-performance during Led Zeppelin's underwhelming reunion show at Live Aid on July 13, 1985.

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The Alamo Will Never Forget Phil Collins

Phil Collins' lifelong fascination with the Alamo has just paid huge dividends for the state of Texas -- and he's being repaid with a $100 million museum named in his honor.

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Phil Collins vs. Robert Plant – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

Their solo careers followed successful runs in celebrated classic rock bands.

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Phil Collins Reveals Recent Alcohol Abuse Battle: ‘I Nearly Died’

Phil Collins' unhappy retirement from music found him spiraling helplessly into alcohol abuse.

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Phil Collins: ‘I Am Not Ready to Return to the Full Concert Stage’

After Phil Collins announced last month that he would be participating in a charity concert, speculation started to spread that he was testing the waters for a fulls-scale comeback tour.

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