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Phil Collins: Led Zeppelin Live Aid 'reunion' a 'disaster'

Phil Collins wanted to storm off the stage in the middle of his Live AID performance with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, insisting: "It was a mistake - I was not welcome."

The ex-Genesis drummer was invited to pick up the sticks and join the former Led Zeppelin stars during their set at the U.S. leg of the historic charity concert in 1985.

However, in the run-up to the event fans began eagerly anticipating a Led Zeppelin 'reunion' and by the time the big moment came, Collins was convinced Page didn't want him on the stage and fellow percussionist Tony Thompson was hampering the drummer's efforts to keep time.

Collins has branded the performance a "disaster" and insists he wanted to walk off the stage but knew it would be the main talking point of the whole day.

He tells Q magazine, "I thought it was just going to be low-key and we'd all get together and have a blow, have a play. But something happened between that conversation and the day, and it became a Led Zeppelin reunion. I turned up and I was a square peg in a round hole. I was not welcome. Robert was happy to see me, but Jimmy wasn't.

"I went out there and as soon as we started I thought, 'This is a mistake.' You could sense that I wasn't welcome and Tony was not making life easy and if I could have walked off, I would have done. But then we'd all be talking about why Phil Collins walked off of Live Aid. So I just stuck it out. It was a disaster, really. Robert was not match-fit with his voice and Jimmy was out of it, dribbling. It wasn't my fault it was crap."

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MTV Interview - Led Zeppelin & Phil Collins (Live Aid 7/13/1985) LiveAidWizard

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