See Nic on Saturday at 12:45 on the Main Stage
Nic Collins picked up the sticks at the age of 3 and never looked back. Being the son of legendary drummer Phil Collins, Nic gravitated towards the instrument immediately. His first vivid memories come from his father’s “Final Farewell Tour” in 2004, where Nic was able to watch his dad play drums and sing every night, igniting his passion for music.
Growing up in Switzerland, Nic played drums as often as he could. However, it wasn’t until he moved to Miami, FL, and began playing in different local bands where his passion for drums amplified. In addition to his father, Nic cites John Bonham, Danny Carey, Taylor Hawkins, Gavin Harrison, Stewart Copeland, Abe Cunningham, Chad Smith, and Dave Grohl as his main drumming influences.
Nic began playing drums for his father’s solo band at the age of 14 for various charity events. Those charity events turned into more serious performances, such as the 2016 US Open opening ceremony, until he was finally asked to fill in full time in his father’s band for the “Not Dead Yet” world tour from 2017-2019. By the age of 18, Nic had already played at venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Madison Square Garden, and various other arenas and stadiums around the world. Shortly afterwards, Nic was announced as the drummer for Genesis’ first reunion in 14 years for “The Last Domino?” tour in 2021-2022. Following that, Nic took up drumming duties for Mike & The Mechanics on their 2023 “Refuelled” Tour.
Most recently, Nic announced the launch of a new band along with Trev Lukather, Emmett Stang, and Steve Maggiora called The Effect with their debut album scheduled for release in 2024. In addition to that, Nic is working on new material in his own band with longtime friends Yang Waingarten and Joey Rodriguez. Nic is dead set on making a global impact as a drummer and songwriter and hopes to inspire the next generation of drummers along the way.
Photo: David Phillips
Nic is appearing in association with Gretsch, Sabian, Remo, DW Pedals & Hardware, Promark Sticks and Roland Electronics.