WORDS BY DAVID TAYLOR AND PHOTOS BY ROBERT A CHADWICK | Go Venue Magazine
It’s not every day that you get to see an inducted member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that is what happened on October 11 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, as Phil Collins, known for his work in the band, Genesis, as well as having a prolific solo career, performed a career-spanning set as part of his Still Not Dead Yet Tour.
The way the concert started isn’t how most concerts usually started. If you did not know, Phil Collins has been dealing with some physical health issues, which has prevented him from playing drums since the last Genesis tour in 2007. So, with the way the concert started, you see him walk to the stage with his cane to the chair, which he spent most of the concert sitting in, and belt out “Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)”, a message saying that he is here to stay to perform for everyone, no matter what. It was amazing to see him overcome these weaknesses to continue to sing, as he still has that soulful voice of his. I was also really impressed by his baking band. He had four talented backup singers and a horn quartet, the Vine Street Horns. His backing band also consisted musicians such as session musician legend and beard extraordinaire Leland Sklar on bass and guitarists Daryl Stuermer and Ronnie Caryl, both of whom have been playing with Collins for many years. Lastly, he was backed behind his own son on drums, Nicholas Collins, which makes sense because of course you have to have a Collins behind a kit to make the experience authentic. Can’t wait to see how his music career will go into the future as he is only 18 years old and an amazing drummer like his father! The energy was quite electric between Collins and his band. So much fun was had between every member. I understand why so many people enjoy his music, as it’s catchy, emotional, and soulful, from the anthemic “Invisible Touch” to the tear-jerking “Separate Lives”. I hope Phil Collins continues making more music into his seventies and beyond, as he is defiantly still not dead, yet.