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News - Def Leppard Phil Collen Guitar World Hysteria Album Interview

Monday, 1st October 2012

Phil Collen Sheffield 2008.
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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has been interviewed by Guitar World magazine about the making of the 1987 Hysteria album.

Phil talks about recording the album with producer Mutt Lange, having to sell millions of copies to break even, the aborted Jim Steinman sessions, his and Steve Clark's guitar techniques during recording, how Rick recorded his drum parts, vocal stacking, Pour Some Sugar On Me, playing In The Round and the legacy of the album.

Guitar World Magazine - Phil Collen Interview Quote

Playing In The Round

"Our manager at the time, Peter Mensch, had seen Frank Sinatra do it at Madison Square Garden. So he came back and said, "You should do a rock version of that." I believe Yes had done it too, but they weren't really animated about it. We were kind of this youngish, MTV-generation band-we always said we looked more like Duran Duran than Iron Maiden-so the in-the-round thing was perfect for us, because we'd just be running around and having fun. And it was fun. But initially it was pretty scary, because you couldn't hear your guitar all the time. This was before we had in-ear monitors, so you'd have your monitors under the stage and spread out everywhere. You just had to keep moving."

Read the full interview at -

Def Leppard - Interviews 2012

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