OTM: It is an honor to be able to interview today's guest Mr. Phil Collen Guitarist for the legendary rock band Def Leppard.
Phil: Thank you for having me on here!
OTM: Well the reason you are here is to talk about all the big things going on with Def Leppard. Let's talk about February 10th. The fans are going to love this date!
Phil: We will be releasing our "Live In Detroit" DVD/2CD album. We are very happy with this project. This is our first live project since "Viva! Hysteria" in 2013. This DVD/CD captures one of our shows from last year in one of the best Rock towns in America.
OTM: Def Leppard has a new tour kicking off April 8th in Manchester, N.H. with some old friends Poison & Tesla.
Phil: Yeah! we are excited for this tour with our old tour mates Poison who have finally reunited. We also have our great friends Tesla back on the road with us again as they were last year. This tour will hit 38 cities, and will be cities we didn't get a chance to hit in 2016.
OTM: Of those 38 cities 5 of them are major U.S. Festivals that Def Leppard is headlining, and never played before. What are your thoughts about playing these festivals in front of a new generation of people that may have never seen or heard of your work?
Phil: We love playing festivals, it will be fun to play to the new crowds, and win them over as new fans of us.
OTM: How have you guys been able to sustain excellence over such a long period of time?
Phil: We have a great chemistry as a band. We have fun doing what we do, and are like brothers. It is just something that comes natural to us. We all have a drive of being the best that we can be.
OTM: Is there a favorite venue out there that you love to play?
Phil: Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. just outside of Denver It is one of the coolest venues that I have ever played. While playing our set under the moonlight and stars is breathtaking. Another favorite area of mine is playing in New Mexico.
OTM: When your not touring or recording a new Def Leppard album what are some things you enjoy to do?
Phil: I really don't have an off time. I am always busy doing something with music. I am on the East Coast right now in the studio Producing the new Tesla album.
OTM: Phil I want to thank you again for taking time out of your very busy schedule. I know everyone can't wait to get their hands on the new Live DVD/2CD out on February 10th. Also, can't wait to see the new tour that kicks off April 8th, and ends on June 25th.
Phil: The pleasure is all mine, and can't wait to see all our fans on the road!
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