Our lead singer, Chris O’Connell, came up with the idea of basing this year’s stage setting on the ‘Hello I Must Be Going’ Tour and the iconic ‘Live at Perkins Palace, Pasadena’ recording.
It was 1982, and Phil’s first solo tour, apt we thought, as this is Chris’ first tour with us.
At the start of the video of the show, Phil says in an interview, ‘Humour plays an important part in my music and it’s also an important part of back stage band life. I don’t want to be around 8 miserable people, I want to be around people who laugh, and we do a lot of laughing.’ We are a 9-piece band like they were, and it reminded us what this is all about. Friends hanging out together, laughing and then creating some great on-stage music for our extended AFPC family. We’ve been going for 11 years, but this year feels fresh and a new start, much like Phil must have felt on that first solo tour.
Chris O’Connell as Phil Collins
Chris’ stage presence as Phil is perfectly set within the Perkins Palace gig. Fun, energetic and vocally on form. Chris was keen to recreate the Phil look of that gig, and we hope that you agree that he certainly pulls the look together!
For our leading lady, the look is 80’s glamour! Classy like Dynasty, that’s our Eddie!
The And Finally Horns
Phil’s horn section at Perkins Palace were the ‘Phenix Horns’. At the time, they pulled off a classic 80s look of big suit with bigger shoulder pads. Our And Finally Horns are much too energetic to be weighed down in suits, but wanted to look equally as ‘sharp’ as Phil’s horns did, so we updated the look to waistcoat, and paid homage to the pink suits with pink shirts. Still with the same iconic tie, we think they look the part!
The rest of Phil’s band at Perkins Palace, ‘The Jacuzzis’, sported the same iconic ties as Phil, but with black ‘school blazer’ looks, until the heat got too much and the jackets were ditched! Our boys liked the look of our horn section, so we adopted the waistcoats for the rest of the band too, but still with the ties and white shirts as Phil’s band wore. Our main drummer, Tim, has chosen to go with the look that Chester Thompson took at the gig, being a white shirt with cut off sleeves. When you see Tim drum, you will understand why he was happy with the look. Staying cool is very important behind the kit!
So, there you have it. The inspiration behind our look for 2018…..
It was a great time for Phil, and we sincerely hope you enjoy the evening and the vibe we have created with our look for the ‘Collections 2018 Tour’.
2018 And Finally Photography by Helen Edwards