Rob Cavuoto of Guitar International conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen at this past weekend's NAMM international music industry trade show in Anaheim, California. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Guitar International: There was a recent interview with [fellow DEF LEPPARD guitarist] Vivian Campbell where he said he isn't challenged guitar-wise in DEF LEPPARD, and that you get all the good guitar parts. How do you respond to that statement?
Phil: Because it's all my shit. Vivian joined a band that I helped create. He's coming into my house! It's not all the good parts, it's the DEF LEPPARD sound that me and Steve [Clark; late DEF LEPPARD guitarist] created. We got together with [producer Robert] "Mutt" Lange, and there was already a sound in place. Also, we play all the hits live, which were written before Viv was in the band.
Guitar International: Are there hard feelings when he says something like that?
Phil: No not at all. It’s just the ways it falls. I can't help it that all my shit sounds great!
Guitar International: I understand that you're working on a new DEF LEPPARD live CD with some studio tracks.
Phil: Yeah, it's got three new studio tracks, we wanted five but we couldn't finish them in time.
Guitar International: When will the new record be out in stores?
Read the entire interview from Guitar International.