Joe Satriani: Phil Collen is a “Total Virtuoso”

When Joe Satriani—in addition to announcing his 16th solo album—What Happens Next—announced a G3 Tour featuring John Petrucci and Phil Collen, many (including many a Guitar World reader) scratched their heads at the choice of Collen, best known as the six-string ace for Def Leppard. Satriani recently—when speaking to Eddie Trunk—defended his choice of Collen, calling him a “total virtuoso.”

Read the full scoop on Guitar World

Tickets for the Joe Satriani G3 tour with Phil & John Petrucci are on sale now HERE

Phil Collen on My Favorite Riff with Nikki Sixx

Phil Collen takes apart some of the band’s most iconic songs on Nikki Sixx’ show My Favorite Riff, a video series where some of the world’s greatest guitar and bass players, along with future stars, talk about music, gear, and most importantly, riffs. Read more HERE.

“The Hysteria Files with Phil Collen” Premiere

Introducing the new series: “The Hysteria Files with Phil Collen”

Via Ultimate Classic Rock: Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen takes fans on a trip back in time to the genesis of some of the biggest hits from the group’s Hysteria album in a new video interview conducted to commemorate the recent deluxe edition reissue of the classic LP.

Shot at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, California, Phil Collen takes a walk down memory lane as he re-visits the making of Hysteria 30 years later. Stay tuned for more videos coming soon!

In this clip, which is making its exclusive premiere above, Collen — toting a guitar outfitted with a GoPro camera so you can see exactly what he’s doing — looks back on a handful of the songs Def Leppard slaved over during the years it took to finish Hysteria. His comments shed a light on everything from the influences they absorbed while writing the songs — like “Armageddon It,” which Collen says was inspired by T. Rex, and “Love Bites,” which he recalls initially sounding like an Eagles song — to the incredible lengths they pursued to achieve sonic perfection.
Read More: Phil Collen Looks Back on Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’: Exclusive Video Premiere

Def Leppard Rock In Rio 32 Years Later

32 years after the originally scheduled Rock In Rio performance, Def Leppard’s triumphant return last night was one for the books! Fans tuned in worldwide to watch the guys deliver an epic performance with hits including the #1 single “Love Bites” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” in addition to songs from their 2015 self-titled release “Let’s Go” and “Man Enough”

Check out all of the awesome photos on our Instagram page HERE

Phil Collen – G3 Tour with Joe Satriani

Just anncounced, Phil has been added as a special guest to Joe Satriani’s G3 Tour in 2018!

The G3 tour—featuring Petrucci and Collen—launches on January 11 in Seattle, WA and continues across the U.S. before winding up on February 25 in Milwaukee, WI.

There is a special tour pre-sale promotion giving fans the opportunity to buy concert tickets with the new album as well as VIP packages.

Click here for more information, pre-sale opportunities and specific market pre-sale and on-sale dates.

2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11 –  The Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA

January 12 – Historic Elsinore Theatre – Salem, OR

January 13 – Grand Sierra Theatre – Reno, NV

January 14 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA

January 16 – Delta Hall at Eccles Theater – Salt Lake City, UT *

January 17 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV

January 18 – Mesa Arts Center – Mesa, AZ *

January 19 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

January 20 – Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA

January 21 – Fox Tucson Theatre – Tucson, AZ *

January 24 – Historic Paramount Theatre – Denver, CO

January 26 – The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory – Irving, TX *

January 27 – Austin City Limits – Moody Theater – Austin, TX

January 28 – Hobby Center for the Performing Arts – Houston, TX *

January 30 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL *

January 31 – Florida Theatre – Jacksonville, FL *

February 1 – Pompano Beach Amphitheatre – Pompano Beach, FL*

February 2 – Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall – Fort Myers, FL *

February 3 – Mahaffey Theater – St. Petersberg, FL *

February 6 – Raleigh Memorial Auditorium – Raleigh, NC

February 8 – Toyota Presents Oakdale – Wallingford, CT *

February 9 – Landmark Theatre – Syracuse, NY *

February 10 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY *

February 11 – The Palace Theatre – Greensburg, PA *

February 14 – Warner Theatre – Washington, DC *

February 15 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA

February 16 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY *

February 17 – Merriam Theater – Philadelphia, PA

February 18 – New Jersey Performing Arts Center – Newark, NJ *

February 20 – Auditorium Theatre – Rochester, NY *

February 21 – Massey Hall – Toronto, ONT

February 22 – Hard Rock Live – Northfield, OH

February 23 – Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL *

February 24 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN

February 25 – Riverside Theater – Milwaukee, WI

(All dates on sale September 22nd except * on-sale October 6)


Phil Collen Electric Splatter Shoes (30 Pairs)

Phil Collen X Six Hundred Four

30 limited edition, custom shoes featuring his iconic Jackson Pollock-style splatter paint.

Pre-order now at

Combining his interest in distinct footwear with his passion for art, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has teamed up with the Vancouver-based Six Hundred Four shoe company to produce a limited run of “Electric Splatter” sneakers.

Only 30 pairs of the shoes were produced — each of them custom hand-painted, numbered and signed by Collen, who can be seen working on them in the video above. As pointed out in a press release, his design was inspired by his “other artistic love,” namely Jackson Pollock’s style of painting; it’s a fondness that will be familiar to fans who’ve seen or purchased Collen’s limited-edition Jackson Splatter Guitar, which boasts a similar design.

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Phil Collen talks 30th anniversary of ‘Hysteria’

“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.”

Read more HERE

New #Hysteria30 Spotify Playlist

Crank up the brand new #Hysteria30 Spotify playlist with us and celebrate the weekend.

Listen and follow below!

Def Leppard Featured in Forbes

Def Leppard Celebrate Thirty Years Of ‘Hysteria’

Def Leppard are in select company, alongside such acts as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Beatles,  as one of the few rock bands to have multiple diamond record certifications, for 10 million albums sold. The British hard rock band scored back to back smashes in the ‘80s with 1983’s Pyromania and 1987’s Hysteria.

Ask frontman Joe Elliott and it is the latter that defined the band’s first decade unquestionably. To commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Hysteria, the band is releasing multiple deluxe editions of the set, including a five-CD box set.

I spoke with Elliott about the new edition of Hysteria, revisiting the album after three decades, why it’s endured as long as it has and why he doesn’t offer advice to other artists after four decades in rock…..

Read the full interview with Joe Elliott on Forbes HERE