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PHIL COLLEN Says DEF LEPPARD To Play Full Hysteria Album In 2018

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was interviewed by Californian radio last week for the new Hysteria reissue and the full audio is available.

Phil spoke to Steve Jones on his Jonesy's Jukebox show on 95.5 KLOS radio.

Phil talked about the weather, the Hysteria 30th anniversary, being sober, Joe's birthday, 2018 tour, 2017 US tour, guesting on Paul Cook's new album, G4 Experience, guitar playing, Steve Jones/Steve Stevens live sound, his first live show/Deep Purple, Hysteria album/Mutt Lange, Phil Collins story and sake hotel names.

Phil also performed an acoustic version of Stay With Me by The Faces and did some acoustic guitar improv.

Listen to the full 20 minute interview below along with some extra videos of his acoustic performance. Phil's part starts at 4:33mins in and ends at 23 mins with a live cover version.

'PSSOM Live 1988' was also played.

Phil echoed Joe and Sav's recent tour news about the 2018 tour celebrating the Hysteria album by being played in full.

Visit the Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

Jonesy's Jukebox - Phil Collen Interview Quotes

30th Anniversary Of Hysteria/South American Shows

"We are, I know it'll be next year we're gonna go on tour. But we're actually doing Rock In Rio in September. So we got that out in Brazil. So that'll be fun. But yeah this will go into next year. So I think we're gonna be doing. We're getting some offers to play the whole album all the way through. So yeah we'll be doing that."

2017 US Tour/Like being on the road?

"I do you know it's great, the audiences are getting bigger. And I think it's more or less bands. Like everyone's not knocking it on the head. AC/DC, Motley Crue and all the peers and that are disappearing so it's actually better for us. Partly that and it's the same guys. It's not like it's karaoke and it's got a bunch of strangers in there. It's the real band."

"We just done arenas actually and what was great. We went out with Tesla. I just produced their album. Next year it'll be out. And Poison and what was really interesting. It was great and everyone got on well but because all three bands were from the same era. The audiences went bonkers. It was like Oh I've seen this lot on MTV all at the same time. So there's a different kind of energy about it for some reason. It was great."

Hysteria 30th Anniversary Release/Mutt Lange

"But only because he makes you wanna work. That's the difference. He weren't like a, you know, a bit of an arsehole, he was actually like really. He would inspire you. So everyone goes Oh, he's a taskmaster. He wasn't that, he would actually inspire you to wanna do something. He'd go like that's not strong enough. Or we could get a way better chorus. Or save that for your solo album."

Do you give him a lot of credit?

"I do all the time 'cause we wouldn't even be here if it wasn't for him. He came up with a lot of the songs and the concept of it. You know he said you can be like everyone else. Everyone's trying to copy your last album. Or we can do something a bit more serious and you can bring in different influences. You know Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Duran Duran. Prince you know there was a lot of stuff happening around then and we embraced that instead of just being like a rock band."

The 'Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition' was released around the world on 4th August.

Hysteria 2017.

Buy 'Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition' Online

  • Amazon - (5CD/2DVD Super Deluxe Edition)
  • Amazon - (2CD Deluxe Edition)
  • Amazon - (1CD Edition)
  • Amazon - (2LP Vinyl-Black)

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