Last week, Phil Collins started the unlikeliest of beefs when he revealed his disdain for Paul McCartney in a lengthy interview with the UK’s Sunday Times. Apparently McCartney gave him a hard time over his request to sign a first-edition copy of The Beatles, and Collins never quite got over it. Here’s what the blue-eyed soul singer had to say about his arch nemesis Macca: “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.’”
In the days since Collins threw down that doozy of a gauntlet, McCartney caught wind of some hot, fresh beef and took issue with Collins’ portrayal of him. “He’s been in touch about it because he was upset,” Collins revealed to Billboard today. “I certainly didn’t get any flowers from him; I got more of a ‘Let’s just get on with our lives.’ And I’m sorry he’s upset that I kinda said something nasty about him — well, it wasn’t really nasty. If people don’t tell people that sometimes their attitude could be a bit better then you’re not gonna get any better, y’know?”
Starting a verbal spat with the most famous living musician sure is one way to promote an upcoming tour.