He’s a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer who’s had his own hits and worked with such artists as Cheap Trick, Sean Cassidy and Meat Loaf, but what Guitar World readers really want to know is…
Though Phil Collen has found phenomenal success ith Def Leppard, he'll quickly remind you that he's more than just a simple rock guitarist. Collen's recently formed side project, Delta Deep, will release their debut album on June 23. Guitar World caught up with Collen prior to the album's release to find out why he felt it was important to form this band and how it compares to his rock life in Def Leppard.
Traditionally, the rock guitar hero is a lone gunslinger who swaggers onstage, commandeers the spotlight, and out-sols the competition with a blazing display of showmanship. Don't tell Mr. Shred, but he's playing in the Masturbatoryian mode. Perhaps that's why some of rock's most enduring acts feature two guitarists.
Sugarcane Jane have amassed an extremely loyal following by performing what they like to call, “organic music at its finest." Anthony Crawford and his wife, Savana Lee, are both virtuosos. Crawford is a songwriter who plays guitar and mandolin while Lee alternates between rhythm guitar, tambourine and snare drum.
As a musician, Paul McCartney is probably best known for his creative, melodic Beatles and Wings bass lines. But he's always been a guitarist at heart. The guitar was, after all, his first instrument (if you ignore the trumpet his father gave him for his 14th birthday), and it's always been his main songwriting tool.
Giants never grow old and die, at least in fables. But B.B. King, a giant of the electric guitar and the leading figure in blues, who surely had a fabled life, died on May 14 at age 89 from a series of strokes stemming from the type 2 diabetes that he’d battled for decades.