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21 January 2019, 14:31
"It's not because he's the boss's son that he's playing the drums, it's because he's good enough."
Phil Collins's teenage son Nicholas has joined his dad on his world tour in 2019.
The former Genesis drummer has defended the decision to hire the 17-year-old to perform as part of his band.
Speaking on Australian show The Project ahead of his Australian dates, Phil said: "It's not because he's the boss' son that he's playing the drums, it's because he's good enough."
Nicholas has played the drums since he was two years old, and first surprised the band at a recent charity gala.
Phil continued: "The band fell in love with him... suddenly it was like he knew what he was doing and wasn't in awe of the situation.
"I'm very pleased for him, and for me, that we get to go through this together."
Phil recently said that he would be up for a Genesis reunion, but only if Nicholas could play the drums instead of him.