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Phil Collen On Joining Def Leppard And The Pyromania Album

Wednesday, 29th June 2016

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has been interviewed by Jessi Virtusio and talked about joining the band in 1982.

Phil talked about the first Diamond award for Hysteria in 1999, joining the band in 1982, the Pyromania album/tour, producing the new Tesla album and the current US summer tour.

Phil was promoting the show in Tinley Park/Chicago, IL which takes place on 2nd July.

This summer will mark 34 years since Phil joined the band.

Visit the Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

Chicago Tribune - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

Joining Def Leppard

"All the songs were written for 'Pyromania' when I joined. I came on to play guitar initially. It turned into something. The sound changed. It got a little more aggressive. All of a sudden we went on tour and it exploded," said Collen, now a main songwriter for the band."

Pyromania Success

"I was living with my mom in London. We were all broke. All of a sudden we were on tour for a year and our album was No. 2 for months behind Michael Jackson's 'Thriller.' That was crazy."

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