Three decades into a remarkably successful career, guitarist Phil Collen looks at each day as a new beginning. Best known for his work with rock band Def Leppard, Collen is also involved with a gritty blues-rock trio, Manraze, where he is joined by Paul Cook and Simon Laffy. Their latest EP, I Surrender, was released late last year. His newest project is a blues duo, Delta Deep, with vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook. They’re at work on an album. He is also writing his autobiography.
Def Leppard have just released a seven-and-a-half minute acoustic medley as an exclusive iTunes download. Fans who caught the band on their recent Rock of Ages tour will be familiar with the track, which contains sections of "Where Does Love Go When It Dies," "Where Does Love Go When It Dies" and "Two Steps Behind."
If you're into autographed guitars and helping to fight hunger, you're in luck. The 27th Annual Hungerthon by WhyHunger is now underway, and up for auction this year are guitars signed by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora, Maroon 5, David Byrne, and Mumford & Sons, just to name a few.
"You know,” Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says, “we weren’t doing what we were doing to be different. We were a bit different.” What they did was create one of the more forward-thinking, over-the-top and ultimately successful albums in rock history: Hysteria. Released 25 years ago this summer, the record spawned an astonishing seven hit singles, including “Animal,” “Love Bites” and the monster smash “Pour Some Sugar on Me.” It also hit Number One on the U.S. album chart—three times, no less—and went on to sell more than 20 million copies worldwide.
Even before Tom Cruise was set to star in the motion picture adaption of Rock of Ages, the Broadway musical has been generating serious buzz for it's fun and often hilarious take on the rock music of the 1980s.
It's hard to believe it has been 30 years since Phil Collen joined Def Leppard. Since that time, the band has pretty much done it all. They've put out some of the biggest-selling albums of all time. They've sold out countless shows. And at a time when many artists can make a living as a nostalgia act, Collen continues to explore creative new endeavors.
To celebrate the upcoming release of Meshuggah's new album, Koloss, which is due March 26 via Nuclear Blast Records, some of my Boston-based friends made a video that is getting a lot of reaction out of people. It's called "Pour Some Meshuggah On Me." The video is a musical mash-up combining Meshuggah-style riffing with Def Leppard's hit "Pour Some Sugar On Me."
Last week, Poison drummer Rikki Rockett spilled the beans that Poison would be hitting the road with Def Leppard this summer. Now, the tour has been confirmed, and will also include Lita Ford. Check out the dates for the first leg of the tour below.