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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.”

■ Com­mu­nity News has 12 dou­ble passes to give away to Def Lep­pard at RAC Arena on Novem­ber

2. En­ter at­mu­ni­ by 10am on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 19.

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