Published Nov 11, 2016Phil Collins recently came out of retirement, delivering his memoir Not Dead Yet just last month. Now, the Genesis-drummer-turned-solo-star has revealed that he may be open to a Genesis reunion.
In an interview with Prog, he said that writing his autobiography caused him to reflect on the friendships and special creative process that were forged during his time in Genesis.
"Doing the book, I was reminded just what good friends we are," Collins said. "What I will say is that I consider what we had was pretty special. That the three of us would come in with nothing — there wasn't just one or two writers — we'd all three come in with nothing and we'd start playing until something happened. We'd record it and come back to it a few weeks later and from there the songs would develop."
He went on to say that he was even open to the idea of getting the old band back together.
"That is pretty special, to have a relationship with guys that can do that," he said. "So I wouldn't rule it out."
Don't expect anything to be hastily thrown together, though. "I just don't want to suddenly take the brake off, start flying off and doing things," he added. "I want to do things carefully and think about the consequences."
Collins initially joined Genesis in 1970, and took over as lead singer and drummer when Peter Gabriel left the band in 1975. Collins himself quit the group to pursue a solo career in 1996, later reuniting with guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks for a tour in 2007, and then officially retiring from music in 2011. Back in 2014, Genesis did get back together in some respects for the BBC documentary Genesis: Together and Part.
Collins is currently easing his way back into music and is set to play a series of live dates across Europe next year. He recently appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he performed "In the Air Tonight" backed by the Roots. Revisit that performance in the player below.