THEY may be 41 years into Def Leppard but the
British rock icons say they are playing better than ever; and they still love it.
Calling from a tour bus in the US in the middle of a 60-plus-show tour where they are playing “either sports arenas or stadiums” almost every night, guitarist Phil Collen told Community News he was still “in heaven”.
“The reason we got into a band in the first place was to play live, so it’s like a dream come true,” he said.
“I get on stage with my favourite band – my brothers – and it’s really cool. So this 60-year-old is really enjoying it.”
The touring does not stop, with the lads preparing to run riot Down Under to play their 1987 landmark album Hysteria in full.
Four years in the making, it was the 12-track recording that saw Def Leppard overcome the ad- versity of drummer Rick Allen losing his arm in a car crash and go on to conquer the world.
Collen admitted it “tanked initially”.
“We were so far in debt and it came out and we did not make our money back… until the fourth single Pour Some Sugar On Me was released and it just blew up,” he said. “It actually started getting popular in strip clubs in Florida.”
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