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Def Leppard Band Member - Phil Collen

guitars since 1982

A section for Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen with details of all releases and tours played on and personal information.


Def Leppard Phil Collen.

phil collen 1982 to Present

  • Instrument - Guitars/Backing Vocals.
  • Joined Band - 12th July 1982.
Main Information
  • Full Name - Phillip Kenneth Collen.
  • Birth Date - 12:02am on Sunday, 8th December 1957.
  • Birth Location - Mothers' Hospital of the Salvation Army, 153 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, England.
  • Nicknames - Phil/Phillis
  • Previous Bands - Lucy.
  • Previous Bands - Tush.
  • Previous Bands - Dumb Blondes.
  • Previous Bands - Girl.
  • Lives In - Laguna Hills, California.
  • Father - Kenneth Frank Collen (Died 2004).
  • Mother - 'Connie'/Constance April Collen (formerly Wheeler) - (Died 1998).
  • Wife - Helen Lucille Collen (formerly Simmons/Married 16th July 2010).
  • Ex-Wife - Jacqueline Collen-Tarrolly 1990-1995 (born Jacqueline Marie Long).
  • Ex-Wife - Anita Thomas Collen 1999-2010.
  • Children - Rory James Collen (Son - born 4th January 1990).
  • Children - Samantha Collen (Daughter - born 2004).
  • Children - Savannah Collen (Daughter - born 2009).
  • Children - Charlotte Collen (Daughter - born 2014).
  • Children - Jaxson Collen (Son - born May 2018).
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band member - information

Phil was born in Hackney in the East End of London, England.
He started playing guitar in 1972 after attending a Deep Purple concert in Brixton.
Playing with various bands in venues like the famous Marquee Club by 1976 and joining Girl in 1979.
He joined Def Leppard in July 1982 after the departure of original guitarist Pete Willis during the making of Pyromania.
Forming a unique guitar partnership with Steve Clark and contributing to songwriting on the Hysteria album.

Phil Collen (2016)

"All the songs were written for 'Pyromania' when I joined. I came on to play guitar initially. It turned into something."
"The sound changed. It got a little more aggressive. All of a sudden we went on tour and it exploded."

Phil Collen (2016)

"For me to just come in as a solo lead guitar player. It was great and again I had a different feel and a different style to both those guys."
"It was a little more aggressive. And even my voice is more aggressive than what they had been used to."
"And then he got me singing with Joe and doing all these two part harmonies and stuff. And it really."
"It kind of started changing the sound of the band. In a good way I think. So it was a different thing."

Steve Clark (1983)

"We expect better things for the future now that Phil's in the group because he's going to contribute a lot more."
"Playing with him on stage every night is a pleasure."




releases featured on


tours played on

  • All tours since February 1983.

releases featured on

  • All since Pyromania (1983)

instruments played

  • Electric Guitar.
  • Acoustic Guitar.
  • Backing Vocals.
  • Lead Vocals (2015).

other bands/projects



phil collen - latest news

Def Leppard News
17th july 2018

PHIL COLLEN Says DEF LEPPARD Have A Bunch Of New Songs To Record

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has been interviewed by the Alabama press and mentioned the next studio album.

Def Leppard News
12th july 2018

36 Years Ago Guitarist PHIL COLLEN Joined DEF LEPPARD In London

Phil Collen joined Def Leppard as their co-lead guitar player in London 36 years ago on this day in 1982.

Def Leppard News
10th july 2018

DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN Recording His First Solo Album

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has been interviewed for a new podcast and revealed plans for his first solo album.





tours played on

Summer Tour 2017
Def Leppard Tour - 2018

World Tour 2018

84 Shows played from March to December.

Summer Tour 2017
Def Leppard Tour - 2017

Summer Tour 2017

46 Shows played from April to October.

Summer Tour 2016
Def Leppard Tour - 2016

Summer Tour 2016

59 Shows played from January to October.







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