PHIL COLLINS has a memoir coming out called “Not Dead Yet“ next week, and in it, he mentions a 14-year-old beef with PAUL MCCARTNEY.
He was asked about it in an interview with the “Sunday Times”, and he said that while Paul is still one of his “heroes,” he did have a nasty experience with him back in 2002 . . . and he doesn’t think he just caught Paul on a bad day.
He said, quote, “I met him when I was working at the Buckingham Palace party . . . McCartney came up with Heather Mills and I had a first edition of ‘The Beatles’ by Hunter Davies.
“I said, ‘Hey Paul, do you mind signing this for me?’ And he said, ‘Oh Heather, our little Phil’s a bit of a Beatles fan.’ And I thought, ‘You [eff], you [eff]!’ Never forgot it.”
And Phil says Paul does this a lot. Quote, “He has this thing when he’s talking to you, where he makes you feel [like] ‘I know this must be hard for you, because I’m a Beatle. I’m Paul McCartney and it must be very hard for you to actually be holding a conversation with me.'” (Funny story: Phil was actually an extra in “A Hard Day’s Night” . . . but he was cut because he didn’t act excited enough.)
By the way, Phil’s un-retirement continues. He’s announced tour dates for next summer. He’s calling it his ‘Not Dead Yet Tour,’ but unfortunately there aren’t any U.S. dates yet. He’s just singing these days . . . with his 15-year-old son Nic Collins taking over on drums.