Phil Collins Quits Music — Will He Marry Billy Joel?

If you read my Billy Joel post, you might predict my reaction to Phil Collins’ recent announcement that he’s quit the music business.  In a statement, Collins said, “I’m sorry that it was all so successful. I honestly didn’t mean it to happen like that. It’s hardly surprising that people grew to hate me.”  He also said that he “doesn’t think anyone is going to miss [him].”  Can someone please explain to me when musicians become such emotional cowards?  I’d use the “P” word, but my father told me to stop cursing on my blog, and despite my suspicion that he actually doesn’t read The Dishmaster, I’ll err on the side of caution.  Anyways, there’s something about massive success that breeds complacence, and I wonder if Phil Collins will live happily ever after with Billy Joel, who hasn’t written a new song in over a decade.  For goodness sakes, Phil Collins sold over 150 million records, and the guy just quits?  I’m aware that the today’s music industry is horrific, but that’s all the more reason to release new material.  So Phil  if you’re reading this — grow a pair — and write some music.