“The first show we played with Pyromania was at the Marquee Club in London,” says Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. “We started that tour at a 500-seat place, and we finished up at the Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego – 55,000 seats. Pretty incredible.”
What’s also incredible is the fact that it’s been 30 years since Collen joined Def Leppard and played a vital role in turning the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal upstarts into a global behemoth, one which has sold over 100 million records.
This June, the music of Def Leppard will rock multiplexes when the big-screen treatment of the hit Broadway musical Rock Of Ages opens. The all-star cast includes Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti and Mary J Blige – and for a little added wattage, there’s Tom Cruise, belting out Pour Some Sugar On Me, no less. “It’s going to be something else,” Collen says of the Adam (Hairspray) Shankman-directed spooler.
To mark his 30th anniversary as a member of Def Leppard, MusicRadar caught up with Phil Collen to share some memories. In addition, we talked about his home recording setup, what the summer holds for the Leps and, most important of all, we asked that burning questing: What’s it like seeing the world’s biggest movie star singing your song? [read]