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Phil Collen Says New Album Is Absolutely The Best Since Hysteria

Friday, 31st July 2015

Phil Collen 2013.
Phil Collen April 2013

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has been interviewed by Missouri radio and talked about the new studio album.

Phil talked about the 2015 tour, Vivian's health/being able to tour, the new self-titled studio album, the changes in touring from the 80s to now, his autobiography, his health/being a vegetarian, the 2016 Hysteria On The High Seas Cruise and the Delta Deep album and tour dates.

Phil was asked about his statement from a few months ago that the album is the best the band have recorded since Hysteria and was happy to back it up.

Listen to the full 9 minute interview below.

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Kaleb - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

2015 US Tour w/ Styx/Tesla/How's the tour been going?

"Probably one of the best tours we've done in 20 years I think. Attendance wise and the way that people are reacting to us. It's pretty crazy out there. It's just amazing. Great audiences and the attendances have been amazing. So yeah just unreal."

2015 Self-Titled Studio Album/Best since Hysteria - quite a statement?

"Yeah I know. I back it up entirely. You know absolutely. We really think that. It's - you know we done it in a different way. The motivation for doing it was very different. It was the motivation for making music and you know we didn't have a corporation or a record executive or even fans telling us you know they wanted us to do this and that. We done it for us purely and because we were inspired and it really shows on the record I think."

What makes it so diverse/different genres?

"No. We didn't stick to one. I think when you're an artist and you know you write a song. You can't restrict yourself. Otherwise it kind of - you're not being an artist. You're not being true to it. You're actually just you know doing that thing where you're copying something else but when you just follow a muse and inspiration and that. It comes out different. It comes out in an entirely different way and that's what happened here. It goes back to the old days when likes the Stones. They went into Muscle Shoals studio for two days and recorded Wild Horses and Brown Sugar because they were inspired and I think this album was very much like that."

"We done in in three segments and then Joe Elliott came back and filled in bits. We was all doing different stuff. I was doing things at home and sending it in as well. So it was - you know we was following the inspiration thing and that's an entirely different way of doing it. You know because that's not been the norm in the music industry in the last few years."