This year Phil Collins announced his first concert since 2010, sang “In The Air Tonight” for the first time since 2005, reunited with Genesis’ classic lineup (in person, not on stage). But the most fascinating bit of Collins news in 2014 might have been the revelation that he donated a massive collection of Alamo memorabilia to the state of Texas. Apparently the man spends a lot of time remembering the Alamo! Now Reuters reports that San Antonio will build a $100 million museum named after Collins, which will include his memorabilia plus other Alamo artifacts.
Collins’ Alamo fixation dates back to his childhood in London, when he saw Fess Parker star as “Davy Crockett, King Of The Wild Frontier” on TV. Among the items he donated were the fringed leather pouch that Davy Crockett carried from Tennessee to Texas and an original Bowie knife that once belonged to Jim Bowie. Here’s an entertaining excerpt from Reuters’ report:
“When I got older and became successful, I decided to spend my money on original items from the Alamo rather than on Ferraris,” Collins told a news conference in San Antonio.
He said a handful of items will be kept in his home in Switzerland because his 9-year-old son has also become fascinated with the Alamo.
Collins said he was in San Antonio two years ago looking for a museum to house his collection when the Texas General Land Office, which had just taken over management of the Alamo, suggested he donate them directly to the Alamo.
“God bless you, Phil Collins,” Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said as he accepted the donation.
God bless Phil Collins, indeed.
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