It’s easy for a group of people to form a band, decide to play some songs by one artist and instantly call themselves a tribute band. That is not what you have here. No Jacket Required are, first and foremost, a close group of friends who share a love of creating music and a genuine and warm appreciation of the work of Phil Collins. They have seen him perform over 30 times between them, over a period of almost 40 years. They have all the albums, the live recordings and the DVDs. In short, they know their stuff – and it shows.
The band formed back in 2002 and since then have performed all over the UK and overseas to large and appreciative audiences. While other tributes have come and gone, No Jacket Required have built themselves a reputation as the best and most established Phil Collins tribute in the country. Many who have attended their shows have given higher praise than that. “If you close your eyes, you can’t tell the difference between No Jacket Required and Phil Collins himself” – it sounds like an invented promotional sound bite but that’s exactly how many have described their show over the years.
No Jacket Required really are the next best thing.