DEF LEPPARD's Phil Collen was at NAMM 2011, unveiling his latest guitar, the Jackson PC Supreme, and Guitar International's Rob Cavuoto had a chance to catch up with him at the Agile Partners booth, where he was demoing the very cool Lick of the Day and Ampkit apps for iPhone and iPad.
Cavuoto talked to Phil about what’s coming down the pipe for the Leppard boys, his switch from Ibanez to Jackson guitars in the 80’s and to set the record straight about some comments made by the band’s other guitarist, Vivian Campbell.
The following is an excerpt:
Q: There was a recent interview with 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?
A: "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 created. We got together with Mutt Lang, and there was already a sound in place. Also, we play all the hits live, which were written before Viv was in the band."
Q: Are there hard feelings when he says something like that?
A: "No not at all. It’s just the ways it falls. I can’t help it that all my shit sounds great!"
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