Saturday, 26th May 2018
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Def Leppard played another 2018 tour show in Hershey, PA last night and Joe made a pre-show announcement.

The show took place at the 11,901 capacity HersheyPark Stadium.

Unfortunately Phil Collen had to leave the current tour to be back in California for a "family emergency".

Joe made the announcement to the crowd at HersheyPark Stadium 30 minutes before show time.

Steve Brown of Trixter was given just 24 hours notice to stand in for Phil and played the full show. He will be with the band for the immediate future until Phil returns.

In a new update Joe talked about the situation briefly at the start and end of his weekly Planet Rock radio show.

During the show outro he said Phil will be back very soon.

Watch the full pre-show announcement via the YouTube playlist linked below as filmed by Chele Drappel.

Read the full Show Report for Hershey, PA which was the third date of the tour.

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

The Joe Elliott Show - 26th May 2018 Quotes

Show intro

"Evening all and welcome once again to the Joe Elliott show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. Which this week comes to you from Upstate New York. Yes, we are in Buffalo. However Phil Collen is not and neither was he in Hershey, Pennsylvania last night because he's had to rush home to California for a family emergency. Proving that the road to rock and roll stardom is often littered with obstacles. Something that Def Leppard knows all about. However, and as Queen so valiantly put it, the show must go on. So with Phil's blessing we have once again recruited our very good friend Mr. Steve Brown from Trixter who ironically also stood in for Vivian Campbell about four years or so ago."

Show Outro

"And that my friends is about it for this week on what I would call a most reflective of shows. Happy to have been with you for the sixty minutes as always. Sad that Phil Collen is not currently with the band, but I do know that he will be back pretty soon. And I will make sure that all you Def Leppard fans out there know through our website and through Planet Rock's website when that exactly is."

Def Leppard 2018. Screenshot

Joe Elliott - Phil Collen Announcement

"Good evening Hershey. I am Joe Elliott. Welcome to what should be a great night. I have an announcement to make. And I'd like you to spread the word as people come in. But very sadly Phil Collen cannot be with us this evening."

"He has a family emergency back in California. So we are very blessed that our very good friend Steve Brown who some of you may remember stood in for Vivian about four years ago when Vivian couldn't make a couple of shows, has learned the bits very, very rapidly and with Phil's blessing will join us on stage tonight. And for the immediate future."

"So just be prepared OK. We're here for ya and we're glad that you're here for us thank you. See you in 30 minutes."

Official Band Statement

"Our brother and bandmate Phil has unexpectedly returned home for a family emergency. With Phil’s blessing our friend, Steve Brown, will be joining us on stage until Phil is able to return. On with the show!"

Watch some Fan Videos from the show here.

Def Leppard 2018 Fan Videos.

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