Historical past will let you know that Phil Collen has been taking part in with Def Leppard since 1982, however throughout a current chat with SiriusXM, the guitarist revealed that he was by no means formally requested to affix the band.
Recounting how his arrival occurred, the guitarist recalled, “Pete Willis wasn’t doing nice. And um, Joe says to me, ‘Do you wanna come down, play some solo, some lead guitar on the brand new album?’ I am like, ‘Yeah.’ I knew the fellows, so I used to be simply serving to a buddy out.”
He continues, “However what was actually attention-grabbing, my first gig with the band was the Marquee Membership in London, which is about the identical dimension as this, really when Pyromania exploded, it was undoubtedly a pinch your self second. We nonetheless had that mindset, that mentality. We have been simply taking part in right here, nevertheless it was like throughout MTV. We’re taking part in, you already know, arenas promoting them out. And we really by no means stopped from that second on.”
However he reiterates, “I wasn’t requested to affix the band. We have been simply out and on tour.”
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Singer Joe Elliott says that invite did ultimately come, although a lot later than you may assume. “I believe we requested him 10 years in the past, ‘Okay, do you wanna be a part of the band?’ Thank God he mentioned, ‘Sure.'”
That is labored out properly for Collen, because the band is a part of the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame. Additionally they stay a scorching ticket on the street, at present paired up with Motley Crue for “The World Tour” following final yr’s “Stadium Tour” of the U.S. Get tickets right here.
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