Not one more night: Phil Collins calls it a day

8th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Grammy-winning British pop star Phil Collins called it a day Tuesday, but denied reports he was quitting because he no longer "fitted in" to the modern music scene.

Collins, 60, said he was retiring because he wanted to spend more time with his family, but he complained on his official website that reports about his intentions in recent days had been "more than a little distorted."

The Genesis drummer-turned-frontman who went on to sell more than 100 million albums as a solo artist said: "I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."

He rejected suggestions he was quitting because of "dodgy reviews or bad treatment in the press" or because "I don't feel loved", adding: "I know I still have a very large fanbase that loves what I do. Thank you."

Collins said suggestions in the press that he was stopping "because I don't fit in" were disproved by his album "Going Back" reaching number one in the British charts last year.

He said reports about his state of mind had made him sound "like a tormented weirdo", but he reassured his fans: "There's no need for the straitjacket."

London-born Collins is one of just just three recording artists, along with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and separately as principal members of a band.

He has been married three times.

© 2011 AFP

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