When ’80’s chart-topper Phil Collins said last week that he was coming out of retirement, his fans were thrilled. Now, a petition is making the rounds that wants to deliver a different message from his haters: We don’t care anymore.
In what might be the most caustic attack on a modern rock pioneer since Mojo Nixon’s “Don Henley Must Die,” Pee comes down hard on Collins. “Phil Collins has announced he is ‘no longer in retirement’,” the petition says. “There is far too much suffering in the world as it is. This must be stopped.”
Laugh if you will, but the petition is currently only 50 votes short of being sent to the United Nations. According to the change.org website, once the votes are achieved “Decision makers have the opportunity to respond to the petition.” While it seems likely that the UN will stop short of charging the “Sussudio” singer with any sort of international war crime, at the very least the petition could create a land of confusion.
“I’m easily flattered,” he told Rolling Stone last week, saying that the recent re-issues of his classic albums have him planning his first proper album since 2002. “If people rediscover the old stuff and show interest, it would be silly to not make more music.”