Not all rock stars get along, and that's definitely the case with Phils Collins and Paul McCartney. The Genesis frontman never forgot how the Beatle treated him when they first met and has often talked about it publicly. But what does Paul think of his fellow musician's comments toward him?
Phil Collins met Paul McCartney in 2002 and it ended badly
In 2016, Collins told the Sunday Times that he met Paul when the pair performed at Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. Paul came to the event with his then-wife, Heather Mills.
Collins had a first edition of The Beatles by Hunter Davis, an authorized biography, and asked Paul to autograph it. The "Band on the Run" singer replied, "Oh, Heather, our little Phil's a bit of a Beatles fan." Hearing that, Collins said he thought, "You f**k, you f**k." He never forgot it.
Paul might not have meant to sting or act condescendingly toward Collins with his quip. Maybe he meant to poke fun at the drummer harmlessly. However, Paul was one of Collins' heroes. So, the encounter hurt.
Collins added, "McCartney was one of my heroes. But he has this thing when he's talking to you, where he makes you feel [like], 'I know this must be hard for you because I'm a Beatle. I'm Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'"
Things didn't change between the pair, even after Paul reached out.
Phil Collins said Paul McCartney was upset about what he said
Later, Collins confirmed his encounter with the Beatle to Billboard. He said he was afraid it happened and that it affected him the way it did. The drummer also feared that he wrote about it in his memoir, Not Dead Yet: The Memoir.
He said, "I think maybe I should just brush it under the carpet and forget about it and move on, but it did happen.”
Collins revealed that he received an email from Paul. Though he kept the contents private, Collins explained it wasn't the best apology he's ever gotten. He said Paul wanted to make himself feel better, not him, by sending the email.
“He’s been in touch about it because he was upset,” Collins said. “I certainly didn’t get any flowers from him; I got more of a ‘Let’s just get on with our lives.’ And I’m sorry he’s upset that I kinda said something nasty about him — well, it wasn’t really nasty."
Collins added, "If people don’t tell people that sometimes their attitude could be a bit better, then you’re not gonna get any better, y’know?”
Wherever the pair of musicians stand with each other now, it's safe to say that they won't collaborate any time soon.
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