Music legend Phil Collins isn’t just a maestro of revolutionary sounds. He’s also a guy who is really obsessed with the Alamo.
The British-born crooner’s collection of original artifacts from the 1836 battle between Mexican forces and Texas revolutionaries is known to be one of the biggest in the world. In 2014, Collins moved a substantial number of his pieces from his home in Switzerland back to downtown San Antonio, where they now reside in a multi-million dollar museum adjacent to the Alamo.
Collins grew up across the pond in London. He first became acquainted with the Alamo via the popular television series Davy Crockett. It was love at first sight.
“When I got older and became successful, I decided to spend my money on original items from the Alamo rather than on Ferraris,” Collins told a crowd during a 2014 press conference across the street from the Alamo.
The joy of driving expensive Italian sports cars may not be the only thing Collins sacrificed to keep the memory of the Alamo alive. Apparently it also cost him several years of his marriage.
You did good, Phil. You did good.