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Phil Collen Says Vivian's Health Issues Gave Band New Perspective

Thursday, 16th April 2015

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was recently interviewed by the Vancouver Sun and he reflected on Vivian's health issues.

Phil talked about the 2015 studio album and how the experience of watching Vivian fight cancer gave the band a new outlook on things.

Read some extracts from the interview below.

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Vancouver Sun - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

2015 Studio Album

"Within a month we had 12 songs. Literally, the very last day as we were about to leave I told Joe (Elliott, Def Leppard's singer), 'I've got this idea.' And he said, 'I've got this chorus.' And we wrote a song in 10 minutes. It shocked me, the fact that we had the flow. What was going to be an EP ended up being a whole album."

Vivian's Health

"After we learned he got the upper hand on his cancer, it was such a relief," guitarist Phil Collen said in a phone interview. "It also made you stop worrying about stuff so much. It just made it seem very trivial. We should've known that when Rick had his accident."