Phil Collins, Alamo History Buff

Phil Collins, Alamo History Buff
Photo illustration by John Seaborn Gray

English musician, former member of Genesis and victor over the South Park movie at the 2000 Academy Awards Phil Collins is, sometime soon, probably going to stop in to take a look at a historic area in Corpus Christi where 35 Texans were killed or captured by Mexican forces.

Fine with us, Phil. As long as you promise not to si...

Oh, who are we kidding? Rocks Off tries to be cool, but we just can't live the lie anymore. Frankly, we'd love a little "Take Me Home." And maybe a lot of "Against All Odds." Yes, our secret affinity for Collins' music is what has kept us from freelancing for Pitchfork. They just aren't having it - like those pseudo-Flaming Lips noise-tweakers Animal Collective are so much better, you snooty bastards!

Anyway, according to this report from, Phil has been a maniac for all things Alamo-related since seeing Fess Parker's The Adventures of Davy Crockett TV series as a child. Over the years, Collins' hobby has grown into an obsession, reaching the point where the singer has amassed a collection of hundreds of cannonballs, miscellaneous documents and artifacts, and even a receipt for 32 head of cattle signed by William B. Travis himself, Wonder if he keeps it in his stu-stu-studio?

Phil's kids even know the big-name players in the Alamo saga, which makes Rocks Off wonder if they absorbed it just by being around him, or if he actually drills them on Texas history. For those wondering when the worlds of Alamo and Collins - who is in San Antonio this week helping celebrate the anniversary of the Alamo siege - will finally collide, wait no more: he's just finished narrating the introduction of a 13-minute "Alamo diorama light and sound show," which plays at the History Shop near the former mission at 713 E. Houston St. As proud Texans and no-longer-closeted Collins fans, Rocks Off is only slightly ashamed to admit that we've been waiting for this moment for all our lives.

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