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Phil Collen Says DEF LEPPARD Wouldn't Be Here Without MTV

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was recently interviewed by Wisconsin press ahead of a return to Green Bay on the current tour.

Phil spoke to Kendra Meinert of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Phil talked about playing in Green Bay, the 2017 North American tour, touring with Poison, continuing to tour, differences between now and the 80s, how MTV helped the band, changes in the music industry and keeping fit.

Phil was promoting the show in Green Bay, WI which takes place on 19th April.

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Green Bay Press-Gazette - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

MTV In The 1980s

"We wouldn’t have been here if it hadn’t been for MTV. We were a young band that didn’t look like other rock bands. We had more in common with the look of say Duran Duran and pop bands, but we actually were a rock band. ... Even the music was a hybrid. Robert ‘Mutt’ Lange, our producer, wrote all the songs with us and he had an idea, a concept. All these things happened in the ’80s that certainly wouldn’t have happened in the ’90s or the 2000s."

"It’s purely a business now,” he said. "The fact that we’re still allowed to create and still be artistic I find amazing. I think that’s the reason, because (of) all that hard work in the ’80s. But it was a fascinating time. It was the end of an era. That was kind of like the golden age of excess and everything.”."

Playing In Green Bay

"We haven’t done Green Bay ... for 11 years, so that’s going to be smokin’ hot."

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