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Phil Collins Slaps Down Live Aid Cocaine Rumour

Phil Collins at Live Aid Phil Collins at Live Aid

Phil Collins has slammed rumours he was high on cocaine at Live Aid, insisting he could never perform if he was on drugs.

The former Genesis star took to the stage at the London leg of the historic 1985 charity concert before crossing the Atlantic by Concorde to perform with Eric Clapton and Led Zeppelin rockers Jimmy Page and Robert Plant at the U.S. show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In a 1998 memoir, Status Quo star Rick Parfitt's wife Patty alleged she heard a rumour backstage that Collins was high on cocaine during the event, but he is adamant it is not true.

The Against All Odds hitmaker tells Q magazine, "Rick Parfitt's wife? I've never met her. Apart from smoking a spliff before I went on with Genesis a few times when I was playing the drums, I can't do that and perform. It's a very strange thing (for her) to say... I got on the plane and I knew I had a job to do. I had Eric Clapton to play with, and Robert and Jimmy. I couldn't function like that, so that's not true at all."

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