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Phil Collen

Phil Collen live in 2007
Background information
Birth name Philip Kenneth Collen
Born December 8, 1957 (1957-12-08) (age 49)
Flag of England Hackney, East London, England
Genre(s) NWOBHM
Heavy metal
Hard rock
Occupation(s) Guitarist
Songwriter
Instrument(s) Guitar
Acoustic guitar
Sound effects
Vocals
Years active 1978 - present
Label(s) Mercury Records
Associated
acts
Def Leppard
Tush
Dumb Blondes
Girl
Man-Raze
Cybernauts
Website http://www.defleppard.com
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Notable instrument(s)
Jackson Phil Collen Signature Model
Ibanez DT155BK & DT650BK

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Biography

Collen was born in Hackney, East London, England. Because of this region, he speaks with a Cockney accent. At the age of 16, Phil got his first guitar (a red Gibson SG), taught himself how to play, and left school to pursue a career in music. He then joined a line-up of early bands including Lucy, Tush, Dumb Blondes, and Girl. The Hackney Empire is one of the oldest surviving music halls in Britain. ... East London area East London is the name commonly given to the north eastern part of London, England on the north side of the River Thames. ... Lucy were a band featuring Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. ... Tush were a band that once featured current Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. ... Dumb Blondes were a band featuring current Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen. ... Girl was an English glam rock band, whose lead vocalist was Phil Lewis, who later sang for L.A. Guns, Torme, Filthy Lucre, The Liberators, New Torpedos and several other bands. ...


Def Leppard

Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as "The Terror Twins".

Collen had already known Joe Elliott and Steve Clark since 1981 from the London music scene and had been asked to consider joining then. However, there was no need to replace Pete Willis at the time. Image File history File links Terror-twins. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Pete Willis was one of the original guitarists for the rock band Def Leppard. ...


But when Willis was dismissed from Def Leppard, Collen wasn't formally asked to join the band. Elliott evaluated Collen's ability to play the guitar so well after he handed out a demo recording of "Stagefright," during the band's Pyromania sessions, in hopes of performing a solo that fits in with the bands' style of music. Soon after, Collen officially joined, and his ability on the guitar impressed producer Mutt Lange and the rest of the band. He quickly bonded with fellow guitarist Steve Clark, with whom he created Def Leppard's trademark dual guitar sound. He and Steve were even known as "The Terror Twins" due to their enthusiasm in hard rock music and because both musicians had a close bond in personality. Def Leppard are an English hard rock band from Sheffield who formed in 1977 as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. ... Robert John Mutt Lange, born November 16, 1948 in Mufilira, in southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), is an extremely successful record producer of popular music. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. The Terror Twins is a phrase used to describe two of the guitarists who were in Def Leppard together - Phil Collen and Steve Clark. ...


Over the years, Collen quit drinking, stopped eating meat, and adopted a healthy lifestyle (He became a vegetarian); Clark did no such thing and ended up losing his life to alcohol and prescription drugs in early 1991. For animals adapted to eat primarily plants, sometimes referred to as vegetarian animals, see Herbivore. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...


After Clark's death in 1991, Collen faced the challege of not only dealing with the loss of a friend he has bonded for so many years, but also with the burden and responsibility of reproducing Clark's style while creating and recording all the guitar parts for their next album, Adrenalize. At this time he considered quitting the band, but remained steadfast. Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


It was until April of 1992 that Phil Collen and the rest of the band got their break when Vivian Campbell joined the band as co-lead guitarist to help the rest of the band move forward into recording more albums together without having too much problem. Although Campbell joined, both guitarists have had gotten along well, but not so much as he did with Steve Clark. Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ... Vivian Patrick Campbell (born in August 25, 1962 in Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland) is an Irish rock guitarist, currently playing for Def Leppard. ... Phil Collen and Steve Clark, dubbed as The Terror Twins. Steve Clark playing live with Def Leppard. ...


Equipment

In 1989, Collen teamed up with Grover Jackson of Jackson Guitars to develop an ergonomically correct electric guitar called the PC Archtop. He has since designed three more Jackson electric guitar models (PC 1, 2 & 3). The PC1 is currently produced and sold through Jackson. Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Jackson logo Jackson is a guitar manufacturer originally owned and operated by Grover Jackson, a partner of Wayne Charvel of Charvel Guitar Repair. ... The Jackson logo Jackson is the one of the worlds best selling metal guitars. ...


Phil uses steel guitar picks made by Dunlop. He plays GHS 12-52 strings tuned to E'flat.


In November 1992 he was quoted in Guitar School as using the following equipment.


Guitars: Jackson/Charvel custom Pickups: DiMarzio Super 3 (bridge), Fast Track ( neck ) Amplification: Randall RRM2-200 Cabinets: Randall custom 4 X 12s/Celestion Vintage 30s Effects: Digitech GSP 21s, Rockman XPR, TC Electronic 1128 EQ, Scholz stereo choruses, BBE 442 Sonic Maximizers, Rane MPE 28, Palmer Speaker Simulator


Side Projects

In 1990 Phil co-produced the "On the Edge" album of the Australian band "BB Steal" Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...


Collen has worked in numerous side projects, some of them together with Joe Elliott. One of his recent side projects was a tribute to David Bowie and Mick Ronson. He and Elliott also got together with the Trevor Bolder and Mick "Woody" Woodmansey from Spiders from Mars and keyboardist Dick Decent to form Cybernauts. In 2001 they released a great live album of classic Bowie hits. In addition, Collen has also appeared on a number of other music projects. Joe Elliott in the music video for Def Leppards Bringin on the Heartbreak (1981). ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on January 8, 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Trevor Bolder (born June 9, 1950) is an English rock bass guitarist. ... Mick Woody Woodmansey (born c. ... The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars is a 1972 concept album by David Bowie, praised as the definitive album of the 1970s by Melody Maker magazine. ... Cybernauts were a David Bowie cover band featuring Def Leppard members Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, former Spiders From Mars members Trevor Bolder and Mick Woody Woodmansey, and keyboardist Dick Decent, who had previously recorded with 7 other bands. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


Recently, Phil organized a band of his own called Man-Raze, comprised of former Girl bandmate, Simon Laffy, and the drummer from the Sex Pistols, Paul Cook. He also made a guest appearance with the band Sheer Greed on the song "Eveybody Wants" on their album Sublime To The Ridiculous. Man Raze are a 3-piece alternative rock band comprising Phil Collen, Simon Laffy and Paul Cook Before joining Def Leppard, London born Phil Collen played in Girl, who were one of the great unsung UK rock acts of the early 80’s (singer Phil Lewis would later front LA... Simon Laffy, born on October 11, 1958, is an English bassist, a member of Man-Raze and former member of Girl. ... The Sex Pistols were an iconic and highly influential English punk rock band, formed in London in 1975. ... Paul Cook, born on July 20, 1956, is an English drummer and former member of the Sex Pistols. ... Sheer Greed were a band featuring former Girl members Gerry Laffy, Simon Laffy, and Pete Barnacle. ... Sublime To The Ridiculous is an album by the band Sheer Greed. ...


Personal life

Collen currently resides in Southern California with his wife, Anita Thomas. Collen has a son, Rory James Collen, and a daughter, Samantha Collen. For the urban complex straddling the United States-Mexico border, see Bajalta California. ...


Trivia

  • In October 1980, Adrian Smith joined Iron Maiden. However, had Adrian refused, Phil would've been their next choice.
  • He practices kickboxing.
  • He has been dubbed by some as "The Shirtless One", because he typically performs shirtless.
  • Collen's name is similar to that of Phil Collins, and bears a slight resembelance to him as well.
  • On "Yeah!" the 2006 covers album by Def Leppard, Phil performed the lead vocal on "Stay With Me" (originally recorded by Faces) and sang lead vocal on Search and Destroy originally done by The Stooges on the bonus tracks EP.

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Phil Collen Information (510 words)
Philip Kenneth Collen (born December 8, 1957 in Hackney, East London, England) is one of the guitarists for British rock band Def Leppard.
Collen was born in Hackney, East London, England.
Collen is a vegan, although he occasionally eats chocolate and takes milk with his coffee/tea.
((( Def Leppard UK.com ))) :: Phil Collen Interview 1984: (885 words)
Phil toured the United Kingdom, Europe and Japan with them, and learned to tame his enthusiastic playing to fit a more disciplined group.
Phil was welcomed warmly into the rock 'n roll family of Def Leppard, and it's acknowledged too that he brought with him a fresh supply of musicianship, complementing Steve in a new, exciting way.
Phil's secret weapon has always been to carefully work out a solo into a song - he feels it should be a natural part of the song and, "not stick out like a sore thumb." Together, Phil and Steve are quite a team, bringing you those trademark solos.
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