Phil Collins and The Roots perform In The Air Tonight on The Tonight Show

Phil Collins and The Roots perform In The Air Tonight on The Tonight Show

If you grew up in the 1980s, you know Phil Collins was a staple of the generation of excess and synth pop music. The drummer/singer has been a solo artist, as well as a successful member of Genesis, jazz fusion band Brand X, Flaming Youth and his own Phil Collins Big Band.

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He’s even had his run of successful appearances on TV and through historic appearances, most notably the time he appeared at Band Aid in both, London’s Wembley Stadium and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. On the same day!

For some of us, though, his most important accomplishment¬†was his appearance and music on the NBC series¬†Miami Vice. The skullet (a vanishing-hairline mullet) for his character “Phil the Shill,” a longtime con-man known to the Miami Vice squad, along with his songs “Life is a Rat Race” and “In the Air Tonight,” featured on the series, gave us one of many memorable guest appearances that we won’t soon forget.

"Phil the Shill" conning his way into trouble on Miami Vice.

“Phil the Shill” conning his way into trouble on Miami Vice.

Thanks to the genius booking of Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show, Collins is joined by The Roots in an incredible television performance of his hit song, In the Air Tonight! Fallon never fails to bring us the nostalgia we crave and Collins new 3-disc collection, entitled “The Singles” is now available.

Take note, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: It’s insane that Collins has not been inducted as a solo performer.

See the full appearance below and catch The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon weeknights on NBC after your late local news.

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