Phil Collen recently spoke with Music Enthusiast Magazine about the upcoming Def Leppard album and his work with his band DELTA DEEP.
Phil had this to say about the upcoming Def Leppard album:
"More or less. Actually we were doing some the other day in Montreal, just some finishing touches and stuff. It’s got to be mixed and mastered and all that stuff, so it’ll probably come out when we finish the U.S. tour. It’s such a long tour anyway, so it’ll come out while we’re on tour somewhere."
Phil on his DELTA DEEP project:
"I’ve always wanted to do stuff like that. It wasn’t really blues per say, it was more of an expression, you know? Like an artistic expression. There’s something that really irks me about blues. You’ve got these musicians and artists that play a style and blues wasn’t a style. It was born out of agony and pain and slavery. It came from people being stolen from Africa, put into a country, beaten, whipped, whopped any which way, killed or their family being killed, pain and just real heartbreak.
Read the entire interview HERE
Not only will Vivian Campbell be rocking out with Def Leppard on the highly anticipated Hysteria On The High Seas! Cruise, but his side band LAST IN LINE will also be performing. We’re just over 250 days away from this epic experience, are you ready to rock on the high seas? More info HERE.
While out on their current tour, Def Leppard's own Vivian Campbell spoke with Gibson about the tour life, his favorite Les Pauls, new music and more! Here's one question in the interview:
Gibson: Let’s talk guitars. What’s in your Def Leppard rig?
Vivian Campbell: I have a few of my trusty Les Pauls I always use for recording and touring. My main Les Paul for both touring and recording is a 1978 Les Paul custom. I bought it in a pawn shop in Nashville in 1992, and it got damaged in transit flying to Europe. The only part of the guitar that was salvaged was the neck, but that was the most important part of the guitar, because I like the feel of the neck. So, I had it re-bodied with a standard Les Paul body, not a custom, and it’s basically a mutt guitar! That’s my main stage guitar and my main one in the studio, too. My second go-to Les Paul is my ‘56 Goldtop reissue.
Read the full interview HERE
DEF LEPPARD have added the following two additional shows on their upcoming U.S. tour run!
September 20th - Los Angeles, CA (The Forum)
October 14th – Columbus, OH (Schottenstein Center)
Rock Brigade Concert Club Pre-Sale: April 28th 10am (PDT) - April 30th at 10pm (PDT)
VIP Public On Sale: April 29th at 10am (PDT)
General Public Ticket On sale: Friday May 1st at 10am PDT
Collen recorded the mix of original and hand-picked cover tracks with fellow DELTA DEEP bandmates Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Luther Vandross), Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), and drummer Forrest Robinson (drummer for India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC).
Their self-titled debut album features special guest appearances by Def Leppard vocalists Joe Elliott, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale, Sex Pistols/MANRAZE drummer Paul Cook, and GIRL/MANRAZE bassist, Simon Laffy.
Listen to a sample of their first single “Bang the Lid” HERE
Collen initially started DELTA DEEP in 2012 after jamming at home over the course of a year with friend and relative, Debbi Blackwell-Cook (Blackwell-Cook is the Godmother of Collen’s wife, Helen). What started as a casual pairing singing Motown and classic blues staples while Debbi frequently visited Collen’s home quickly turned into much more. Collen, Helen, and Debbi began writing original music which Collen and Debbi recorded in Collen’s home studio. Later that year, a chance meeting re-acquainted Collen with Memphis native and enigmatic heavy metal, jazz, & r-n-b drummer Forrest Robinson. A friend suggested giving STP bassist Robert DeLeo a call. Sharing a...
On this day 23 April in 1960, Def Leppard co-founding guitarist Steve Clark was born in Sheffield (UK). Steve would have been 55 today. Never forgotten!
This weekend be sure to catch VH1’s Rock Icons show this Saturday (April 18th) at 10 pm (EST) on VH! Classic!
This weeks episode of Rock Icons features a revealing portrait of Joe in his early days as a music fanatic. In addition to showing off the first albums he ever bought, he reflects on how the experience of being an only child affected his musical career.
Celebrating the UK’s independent record shop’s Joe Elliott's Down ‘n’ Outz are pleased to announce a special limited edition vinyl release for UK’s Record Store Day on 18th April. For more information on n Record Store Day in the UK, go HERE!
The 12” vinyl only EP will feature the following tracks:
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding