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Phil Collins: 'I've Just Started to Work With Adele'

He's only recently become aware of the pop star

January 24, 2014 2:55 PM ET
Phil Collins
Phil Collins
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In a recent interview with Inside South Florida, Phil Collins revealed he's writing new songs with Adele. "I've just started to work with Adele," he said. "I wasn't actually too aware…I live in a cave, but she's achieved an incredible amount. I really love her voice. I love some of this stuff she's done, too."

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It's unclear if these new songs are intended for Adele's long-awaited follow-up to 2011's 21. Collins' statement begs all sorts of follow-up questions, but the interviewer moved directly onto Miley Cyrus and twerking. It turns out Collins hasn't heard of twerking, but he does think that Miley Cyrus is "great."

Phil Collins hasn't released an album of original material since 2002's Testify. Outside of a handful of shows promoting his 2010 Motown covers album Going Back, he hasn't toured since the 2007 Genesis reunion. Soon after the tour ended he sustained nerve damage that made it practically impossible for him to play drums, which weighed heavily on his decision to essentially retire.  "I don't want to get caught up in that rock & roll promotion thing," he told Rolling Stone in 2012. "And I have young children, so I don't feel the drive to go out there and compete." 

Late last year, Collins announced a change of heart while promoting the Tarzan musical in Germany. "I have started thinking about doing new stuff," he said. "[Maybe playing] some shows again, even with Genesis. Everything is possible. We could tour in Australia and South America. We haven't been there yet."

There's been no further word on Phil Collins' future touring or recording plans, but a collaboration with Adele would be the perfect way for him to re-enter the public consciousness. The move also makes a lot of sense since they are both masters when it comes to writing super personals songs about messy break-ups. 

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