If Pete Townshend had called him, Phil Collins would have quit Genesis to replace Keith Moon in The Who.
Collins joined Genesis in 1970, and became the lead singer after Peter Gabriel’s departure in 1975. Despite elevating the band to superstardom by the early 80s, Collins admitted he would have dropped everything following Moon’s death in 1978.
“Absolutely would have joined The Who,” he wrote in an online webchat with readers of British newspaper The Guardian. “I would have left Genesis to join The Who.”
Following Keith’s death, The Who added Kenney Jones, formerly from The Small Faces, until the band initially split in 1983. The Who are currently touring with drummer Zak Starkey (Ringo Starr’s son).
Phil Collins added in the chat that he has no aspirations to join The Who now, in part due to Starkey.
“They’ve got a great drummer now in Zak Starkey, he’s fantastic. Someone with the balls that Keith Moon had.”
Collins recently announced he will be performing a number of comeback shows next year, following a five-year retirement from music.