When, in March 2011, Phil Collins announced his retirement, it led many to re-evaluate his considerable musical legacy. So much so that it brought him out of retirement last year, to perform a short series of shows across Europe to his fans, both old and new. It’s unlikely to be a permanent return to the stage for Phil, but, fortunately, No Jacket Required, the UK’s leading Phil Collins tribute, is continuing to perform his music in their faithful recreation of his live shows – and this April, they return to The Hawth as part of their 15th Anniversary Tour.
No Jacket Required frontman, Dave Whitehouse, said: “It’s a real pleasure and privilege to perform such great music. There’s so much to choose from, it’s hard to decide what to leave out of our shows!”
Formed in 2002, the band has performed all over the country as well as overseas, to appreciative full houses. Prior to that, Dave spent five years in a Genesis tribute, making him the UK’s most established Phil Collins tribute artist.
The band clearly takes its work seriously and has seen Collins perform on over 30 occasions in order to hone their take on the superstar singing drummer. Whitehouse even met Phil Collins prior to one of his arena shows in Germany in preparation for a show he performed later in Luxembourg: “He was extremely generous with his time and wished me well for my show. It was a special moment and great to be able to thank him for the pleasure his music has given me and so many others”.
Performance: Saturday 7 April 7.30pm, The Hawth Crawley. Tickets: £21.50, available from The Hawth Box Office: 01293 553636 or online: www.hawth.co.uk