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Phil Collen Goldmine Magazine Hysteria Album Interview

Wednesday, 11th December 2013

Phil Collen Sheffield 2008.
Pic By DefDazz/Darren

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was recently interviewed by Goldmine Magazine about the recording of the Hysteria album.

Phil talked about writing in Ireland, working with Mutt Lange, Jim Steinman, recording the album, the cover art, Rick's accident/recovery and hearing the album for the first time.

Phil also reviewed the album track by track going through all 12 songs and sharing his thoughts on them.

Goldmine Magazine - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

Hearing Hysteria For The First Time

"This was that moment that you've always dreamed of where you want to be part of something that is so special. We actually really thought that. Initially, when the album came out and didn't do well, we were surprised, but then it picked up and went through the roof. We didn't get egoed out or big-headed about it, because it cost so much money that it was kind of an embarrassment. It wasn't a good business move. There was nothing to be egoed out about it. We spent $5 million, or whatever it was, on a record. When it came out, we were pleased. It was really fulfilling. Steve and I sat there when we first listened to it and we just knew it was great."