Lily Collins Celebrates Phil Collins’ Final Genesis Concert
Proud of his family! Lily Collins gushes on daddy Phil Collins after playing his last gig with the band Genesis and Lily’s little brother, Nic Collins.
“Tonite marks the end of an era. Witnessing that last show was truly a lifetime memory and an event that I will forever hold in my heart,” said the Emily in Paris star, 33, wrote via instagram on Saturday March 26 alongside photos from the London performance.
She added, “Infinitely grateful doesn’t begin to do him justice. So much love was left on that O2 stage and an even greater amount shared among an audience that didn’t want it to end. Thanks @genesis_band for the memories, thanks dad for being such an inspiration, and thanks @nic_collins for making me the proudest sister ever. 50 years of songs later and still generations more to celebrate you long after this tour is over…”
The ‘In the Air Tonight’ singer, 71, performed with bandmates Genesis Mike Rutherford and Tony Bank. That of the group The Last Domino? To visit was their first series of concerts as a group in 14 years and should be their last live performances together.
Phil’s declining health prevented him from playing the drums. A spinal injury and diabetes forced him to change his shows. The legendary drummer sings seated for most of his performances.
“Of course my health changes things, doing the show sitting changes things,” Phil said. The Guardian in september before The Last Domino? To visit. “But I’ve found on my recent solo tours that it doesn’t bother; the audience always listens and responds. It’s not how I would have written it, but it is how it is.”
He had his 20-year-old son Nic handle the drums, and Phil said it was the easiest change to make. “Playing with Nic, though?” It was easy,” the proud dad added at the time. “He started playing with me when he was 16. If I feel he should focus on something to improve it, I will mention it and he will come back the next day and he will have done it. He doesn’t need constant nudging; he puts it together with remarkable ease.
Phil shares Nic and son Matthew, 17, with his ex-wife Orianne Ceveywho he was married to from 1999 to 2008. The Netflix star is the Grammy winner’s only child with Jill Tavelmanwho he was married to from 1984 to 1996. The musician also shares son Simon, 45, and adopted daughter Joely, 49, with his first wife, Andrea Bertorelliwhom he divorced after five years of marriage in 1980.
Lily attended the show with her husband Charlie McDowell, who praised Nic on his Instagram story. “My brother-in-law @nic_collins is truly one of the most talented musicians on the planet. My mind is blown,” the 38-year-old Windfall director wrote.
McDowell, who married the to the bone star in September 2021, also referred to his stepfather with a goat emoji, meaning he considers the leader to be the greatest of all time.
“One of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen,” McDowell wrote with a jaw-dropping emoji.
He also included a clip of the thunderous applause in the 20,000-seat arena. “Basically the audience can’t stop clapping for a very long time because they know they’re witnessing greatness,” he captioned the clip.