Your analysis of Phil Collins' drumming couldn't be further from the truth. The truth is, Bonham couldn't hold a candle to the drumming that Phil Collins did back in the 70's with Genesis. Back then, Genesis was a prominent progressive rock band, and progressive music is known for being quite complicated, especially on the drumming front. Jimmy Page should know better than to infer that Phil Collins is only a pop drummer and can't handle such complicated music that Led Zeppelin produces. Not to say Led Zeppelin is simple, but compared to early Genesis music when Phil Collins was drumming AND singing backup, Zeppelin sounds like music written by children. That may sound a little harsh and I do like Led Zeppelin, but they've always sounded like shit live - due in large part to Jimmy Page's awful overly extended feedback-filled guitar solos that sound more like irritating noise than music. He sounds great on record, but induces headaches in live performances.<quoted text>
Look, all the Phil freaks get lost. I never the Gen.. was all that good anyway. I'm telling right now to a none drummer/musician I'm sure it does sound good. The fact of the matter is it might "sound" good to "you" but that doesn't mean it's right. Drummer have to keep the "beat" in "time" and play a crucial "roll" in doing so. Phil Collins is the Ringo Star of the 80s and as such nothing but a "snare/bassdrum/123/123 " drummer and there's no way in hell he even belongs on the same stage with Jimmy and Plant. His only talent is as a somewhat unique vocalist/singer for sound tracks from bad movies and in that capacity he does quite well. Jimmy was off that day, but he's Jimmy and it's his gig, and he's got the right to be "off" and mad when his drummers make things worse and did it ever occur to you that Jimmy didn't want Phil because he knows Phil sucks on the drums and so Phil screwed it up on purpose and blamed it on the other drummer??? Anyway, nobody care!!! Ancient history. Hey, maybe Plant will get back together if Jimmy will let him put Phil on drums!!! NOT!!! What a nightmare that would be...
So before you insult my man Phil Collins' ability to play the drums, I think you should do your homework to find out how good of a drummer he really was in the 70s with Genesis. Sure, he simplified things a bit as he got older in the 80s but that doesn't diminish the fact that he was a freak behind the kit in the 70s. Don't believe me? I suggest you search on youtube for Genesis "Fountain of Salmacis" live and you might get an idea of what I'm talking about (real complicated music that miraculously finds a way to groove. I wonder why that is?).
Final Note: Phil Collins in his prime (which was NOT 1985) vs. John Bonham in his prime.......Phil Collins wins in a landslide. Listen to live Genesis in the 70s before replying please.