Rocker Phil Collins is an Alamo Fan

By David Chiu
|  Sunday, Nov 14, 2010  |  Updated 9:16 AM CDT
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Phil Collins, best known as the drummer for Genesis and a successful solo artist, is a huge fan of the Alamo

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What does a famous 19th-century battle in Texas and a British musician have in common? A lot more than you may realize.

Phil Collins, best known as the drummer for Genesis and a successful solo artist, is a huge fan of the Alamo. In a recent Rolling Stone story, the 59-year-old musician has amassed an impressive collection of Alamo souvenirs  in the basement of his Swiss home. Among them are a Bowie knife, swords, maps, flasks and an autographed copy of Davy Crockett’s autobiography. He named Travis, his Jack Russell terrier, after the Alamo commander.

The Alamo thing has been all consuming,” he told Rolling Stone. “I mean, I don’t come down here and gloat at all. I come down and look at it all in amazement.”

Collins has been admired by his fellow Alamo aficionados. “They said, ‘We’re such big fans!’ And it’s like, ‘Wow, they know I exist! I can’t believe this is happening. I’m just a (expletive) pop star.’”

On Mar. 5 of next year, he will take part in a symphony concert with Ricky Skaggs and the San Antonio Symphony at Alamo Plaza to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the historic battle.

Collins recently released his latest album, "Going Back," a collection of classic soul tunes, which according to Rolling Stone, could be his last record. His health has been affected by loss of hearing in his left ear and a neck injury that has stopped him from drumming. He has also been tired of being criticized by some, according to the interview.

“I’m going to write this Phil Collins character out of the story,” he told Rolling Stone. “Phil Collins will just disappear or be murdered in some hotel bedroom, and people will say ‘What happened to Phil?’ And the answer will be, ‘He got murdered, but yeah, anyway, let’s carry on.’ That kind of thing.”

Selected Readings: Rolling Stone, San Antonio Express-News (via WorldofGenesis.com), The Alamo official Web site

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