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Phil Collins hints at Trust gigs return

Prince's TrustPhil Collins has hinted that the Prince's Trust all-star rock concert series could be resurrected.

The Prince's Trust Rock Gala was held for the first time in 1983 at London's Dominion Theatre, while the June 1988 concert at the capital's Royal Albert Hall has recently been released on DVD and featured an all-star cast including Eric Clapton, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, The Bee Gees, Ultravox's Midge Ure and Phil Collins.

At a celebrity reception hosted on Monday by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at their Highgrove home, Collins said: "It's fantastic to see Bryan Adams here, he performed too, but there was a core group, the houseband, which was me, Eric, Elton, Sting, Midge and Mark Knopfler - I think there is talk of trying to do another one."

But he added: "We built up a live reputation, but people don't wait to see people live now like they used to.

"There is music on tonnes of television channels and that means that we hear a record constantly for a month and then don't hear from the act again."

He said he has just started watching the Prince's Trust concerts - held in the 1980s and 1990s - on DVD with his children.

Collins was instrumental in bringing on board other ambassadors by writing letters informing them of the charity's mission to help Britain's youth.

He spoke of the music workshops he held where he would teach teenagers how to drum and perform for the prince during the 1980s.

"They were lacking in confidence and it was fantastic to see the change after they went through a week of courses," he said.

© AP

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