Earlier this month, there were rumors of an old man feud on the set of Homeland between F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin. There must be something in the Ensure, because now here’s another story about two old legends fighting. But this one isn’t a rumor. Phil Collins has made it clear that he hates Paul McCartney.
Phil spoke to the UK’s Sunday Times (via NY Daily News) about his soon-to-be released autobiography, Not Dead Yet. One of the stories inside is about the time Phil met Sir Paul in 2002 at Buckingham Palace. Phil had a first edition of The Beatles biography by Hunter Davies, so he brought it with him in hopes that Paul, one of his “heroes,” would sign it. Phil learned first-hand what people mean when they say “Never meet your heroes” that day.
Phil claims Paul and his then-wife Heather Mills approached him and that’s when he decided to ask for an autograph. Paul replied:
“Oh Heather, our little Phil’s a bit of a Beatles fan.“
Calling Phil “little” could have been a subtle crack about Phil’s height (he’s 5’5), or age (he’s 9 years younger than Paul), or Paul was just being a shady-ass bitch. Whichever the reason, Phil wasn’t having it.
“I thought, ‘You fuck, you fuck.’ Never forgot it. 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.”
Many people would probably brush off Paul’s behavior as a side-effect of exposure to Heather Mills, but Phil appears to take his grudges very seriously. I think I’m on Team Phil. Paul McCartney may have been a member of the biggest band of all time, but he was also in one of the corniest too. And that’s coming from someone who actually owns Wings at the Speed of Sound. Paul needs to have some respect and stop acting like he’s better than the former drummer from Genesis. I dare Sir Paul to put on Two Hearts at a karaoke bar and not feel the urge to sing and dance like the rent on Abbey Road is due.
Here’s Phil at a signing for Not Dead Yet in London earlier today, as well as Paul at Dessert Trip in CA last weekend.