Phil Collins Explains His Bad Blood With Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin

by Jeremy Spirogis

To some, Phil Collins and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page are on the other aspect of the musical spectrum. Collins has a large number of followers, however some music critics regard him as a hack. Page, nonetheless, is an undisputed rock god. It seems the 2 haven’t at all times gotten alongside. Here’s what occurred after they carried out collectively at Live Aid.

John Paul Jones, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page performing at Live Aid | Ebet Roberts/Redferns

Phil Collins meets Led Zeppelin

Live Aid was a pair of fundraising concert events held in 1985 to learn the victims of an African famine, studies History.com. One of the concert events was in Philadelphia, the opposite in London. Collins performed each by touring on a Concorde airliner. He advised The Telegraph “It looks like I’m showing off: he does Live Aid not once but twice, just to make sure! I do come across a bit smug sometimes.”

According to MetalHeadvert Zone, Collins discussed working with Led Zeppelin for Live Aid. “I’d played on Robert Plant’s solo records and he said: ‘Are you doing this Live Aid thing?’ And I said: ‘Yeah.’ And he said: ‘Can you get me on it? [US promoter] Bill Graham doesn’t like me and he doesn’t like Zeppelin. Maybe you, me and Jimmy can do something?’”

Rehearsals acquired tense

Jimmy Page performing with Led Zeppelin | Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Collins added “So I didn’t rehearse after I acquired there, however I listened to ‘Stairway to Heaven’…I arrived and went to the caravans, and Robert stated: ‘Jimmy Page is belligerent.’ Page says: ‘We’ve been rehearsing!’ And I stated: ‘I saw your first gig in London, I know the stuff!’ He says: ‘Alright, how does it go, then?’

Next, Collins performed the drum fills from “Stairway to Heaven.” Collins recollects Page saying “‘No, it doesn’t! It doesn’t go like that!’ So I had a word with [drummer] Tony Thompson – ’cause I’ve played as two drummers a lot and it can be a train wreck – and I say: ‘Let’s stay out of each other’s way and play simple.’”

Although issues weren’t going easily, Collin’s revered Thompson’s work ethic. “Thompson, rest his soul, had rehearsed for a week, and I’m about to steal his thunder – the famous drummer’s arrived! – and he kind of did what he wanted to do. Robert wasn’t match-fit. And if I could have walked off, I would have done, ’cause I wasn’t needed and I felt like a spare part.”

What saved Phil Collins from strolling offstage

Phil Collins in 1987 | LGI Stock/Corbis/VCG through Getty Images

According to Guitar World, Collins added “Onstage I don’t take my eyes off Tony Thompson. I’m glued to him. I’m having to follow—he’s taking the heavy-handed lead and has opted to ignore all my advice. Putting myself in his shoes, he’s probably thinking, ‘This is the beginning of a new career…They’re gonna want someone. This could be the start of a Led Zeppelin reunion. And I don’t need this English f*ck in my way.’”

Collins didn’t benefit from the expertise. His efficiency with Led Zeppelin was not well-received. However, it will definitely went down as one of many nice weird moments in rock historical past.

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