“The 30-year anniversary of Hysteria, is going crazy. The response on that has been incredible. It was really cool to document everything, especially looking back on it,” he said. “I got to play ‘Hysteria’ last week with Joe Satriani, and it was really cool. That show was a lot of fun,” he added.
On his plans for the future, Collen said, “We are going to be busy. We have new Def Leppard material that we are starting to write, which is really exciting. We’ve got new Delta Deep material as well, and a live Delta Deep album coming out soon.”
Soon after PHIL COLLEN was invited to join the annual G4 Experience, led by guitar great JOE SATRIANI, he was moved to write an instrumental in homage to the guitar master.
“I was honored when Joe invited me to join the G4 experience and I decided to write and record an instrumental track called “Yo 2 Joe” as a tribute to him. I was further honored when he played on the track with me because he is such an amazing artist. I wanted the track to reflect the vibe of his influential Surfing with the Alien album. Thirty years later, he continues to wow generations of guitar players and music fans alike.“
The track will be released as a single on July 21 and will be given free to those attending the camp.
Also joining SATRIANI and COLLEN at this year’s G4 Experience: Surfing with the Alien 30th Anniversary are Warren DeMartini [Ratt], and Paul Gilbert. The event takes place on July 24-28 at Asilomar Center in Carmel, CA.
For its fourth installment, the G4 Experience enjoys a game-changing and historic first. The camp will celebrate the writing, recording, and performance of SATRIANI’s seminal GRAMMY Award-nominated, platinum-selling 1987 epic, Surfing with the Alien—one of the most successful instrumental guitar albums ever made. Recognizing the record’s 30th anniversary, campers will enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pull back the curtain on the album with the visionaries behind the music.
SATRIANI will be joined by his original live band during the record’s tour cycle, Stu Hamm and Jonathan Mover, return for the first time since 1995 for the evening’s performances.
During a day off on the Def Leppard tour Phil performed as a special guest at ‘Birmingham’s dirty little secret’ The Nick Rocks, a rock club in Alabama with Alice Cooper’s Band.
Joining the troupe’s last three songs Phil sang lead on ’20th Century Boy’ and ‘Suffragette City’. They all closed out with a rousing version of Alice Cooper’s ‘School’s Out’ complete with fiery guitar solos.
Tune in to Comedy Central’s new show Comedy Jam tomorrow, April 19 at 10p ET! Phil will be making a special appearance on the episode along with Taryn Manning, Sebastian Bach and more. Check out a clip of the show on Entertainment Tonight HERE. For more info on the show and episodes visit Comedy Central.
Phil also appeared on Fox News last night before the show in Grand Rapids! Check out the full interview HERE