Last week, Phil Collen hosted a Twitter Fan Q&A on our Twitter page. Phil answered over 35 questions from fans and the Q&A (#AskPhil) was one of the top trends in the U.S. while it was going on. See the full Q&A below!
@PattyLebed: "What was/is the best advice anyone has given to you?"
Phil's Answer: Discovery. Trying things out and stumbling upon things yourself.
@patmest: "If you could only listen to 5 albums for the rest of your life, which 5 would you choose?"
Phil's Answer: Aladdin Sane by David Bowie. Led Zeppelin 2. Ghost In The Machine. James Brown Live. And finally, Never Mind The Bollocks.
@jodster112: "what do u think of the "edm" movement?"
Phil's Answer: I absolutely love it. I listen to EDM pretty much every day when I work out.
@bettyleegreen: "if you could time travel, where would you like to go the most?"
Phil's Answer: I'd have to check out the dinosaurs, wouldn't ya?
@gnarlynick19: "Phil, which artist from a different musical genre would you most like to work with?"
Phil's Answer: Skrillex and Erykah Badu.
@paradise_city97: "why did you decided to play the guitar? Why not another instrument?"
Phil's Answer: It always spoke to me. I've been singing since I was a little kid, but the guitar is special. The electric rock guitar.
@mrsantor: "Are there any modern bands that you wish you could play a show with?"
Phil's Answer: Nah I can't think of any..
@jordan_woodhead: "What's your favourite English county?"
Phil's Answer: I assume jordan meant city, and that would be London where I was born!
@dazgjones: "what's your favourite holiday destination?"
Phil's Answer: Maui is pretty cool any time of year. And the south island of New Zealand.
@mnagz5: "What drew you to becoming vegan?"
Phil's Answer: Well I've been a vegetarian for 30 years. What pushed me to become vegan was this book called "The China Study".
@Ian1ynn: "Toughest Leppard track to nail live together on stage?"
Phil's Answer: It used to be Love Bites when it became a single and we started playing it live.
@defleppardbritt: "How does it make you feel to know that this generation is STILL rocking out to your music?"
Phil's Answer: Its wonderful considering the industry is kinda disappearing & lots of classic bands are no longer around. A huge compliment.
@BrianJLangford: "What do you think of Steel Panther's latest album?"
Phil's Answer: They're great. I haven't heard their new album, but I love them and they're so much fun.
@bobbidalton454: "How hot was the ghost pepper that you ate?"
Phil's Answer: Yeah it blew my head off...
@blakewatt5150: "Hi Phil, I was wondering how often you practice guitar now? And for how long?"
Phil's Answer: I don't practice, but I'm rehearsing & playing every single day. The only time I practiced was after my operation last year.
@gabaaii_woood: "what is your favorite music video that Leppard has shot?"
Phil's Answer: I'd say the live version of "Pour Some Sugar On Me".
@amandaleake1: "Hi Phil, do you plan on releasing a fitness DVD eventually since you are in great shape."
Phil's Answer: Yeah if someone could put it all together for me, don't have the time at the moment.
Phil's Answer: I like "Let It Go" actually.
@ClarkDax: "Will your new Jackson Ibanez-Style Explorer ever become any type of production model for Jackson guitars?"
Phil's Answer: You'll have to ask Jackson about that, but I'll certainly be using it.
@BrandyHitchens: "favorite thing to eat in the world?"
Phil's Answer: Well I'm a vegan so that kinda narrows it down. There's a great restaurant in NYC called Red Bamboo that I love.
@pyrosteria: "What do you miss most about playing in the round? Will you ever use it again?"
Phil's Answer: It was the ultimate show. It was spectacular to be a part of and almost like going to show there was so much happening.
@Juliorios__x: "What's your favorite album post-Adrenalize?"
Phil's Answer: It would be Slang, and have been listening to Euphoria lately, but...our new album we're finishing is my favorite.
@andrewjburgess: "What is the most sentimental guitar you own today? :)"
Phil's Answer: My favorite is my Strat nicknamed Felix, which I got from my mum for my 21st birthday and played on Hysteria.
@jodster112: "what do u think of kettlebell training?"
Phil's Answer: I don't like it because you can injure yourself very easily. Unless you know exactly what you're doing, it's dangerous.
@leedavison123: "are you guys coming back to England any time soon???"
Phil's Answer: YES WE ARE!! Sometime soon...
@bringer_of_heat: "any songs unfinished co-written by Steve that you guys are planning to release?"
Phil's Answer: There is one...and we have to finish it off because it was never quite completed.
@MF_rmc18: "Your best favorite guitar solo?"
Phil's Answer: There's a couple. I like the solo on "Paper Sun". I also love the solo on "White Lightening".
@KattooBoom: "how much weight can you lift?"
Phil's Answer: I maxed out on bench press at 380lbs and leg press maxed at 1150lbs. I weighed 157lbs. This was about 2 years ago.
@maddied17: "can we expect any new albums from Man Raze down the road?"
@livia_hg: "What is the song that most reminds you of Steve?"
Phil's Answer: All the ones we did together. Usually songs off Pyromania though.
@brittanycrue22: "what's your favorite venue in the US?"
Phil's Answer: Red Rocks in Colorado.
@MetalChick130: "what is one of your favorite things to do besides play guitar?"
Phil's Answer: Eat Food!
@KeyanaKobra: "Any advice to a young guitarist? "
Phil's Answer: Don't expect a reward when doing it. The reward comes from the enjoyment of doing it.
@Lucy_sport: "Which guitar player had the most influence on you?"
Phil's Answer: The reason I started playing guitar was Ritchie Blackmore
@AlexisLexiebug: "What was your favorite part of work with KISS on tour?"
Phil's Answer: They were very professional, fun, and easily one of the best tours we've ever had.
@G0DS0FWAR: "hey there, what is your favorite 70s band ??"
Phil's Answer: Has to be the Sex Pistols!
@Rosegirl_17: "What's your favorite song to perform?"
Phil's Answer: ROCKET!!!
@katross_22: "do you still have those union jack shorts from your Pyromania days? :) "
Phil's Answer: Funny you should say that, yes I actually just found them in my laundry hamper in London last month!
DEF LEPPARD have added another date to their U.S. summer tour w/ STYX & TESLA at the Rock USA Festival on July 18th in Oshkosh, WI. Tickets go on sale March 9th at 8pm. All details go HERE
This weeks program will feature choons by Supertramp, CCS, Gary Brooker, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Down 'n' Outz, amongst others, as well as some inside stories from Joe.
Radio show time is Saturdays at 6pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST) and repeated on Tuesday nights @ 9pm (GMT) / 4pm (EST).
Yesterday, our own Vivian Campbell spoke with Terrie Carr of WDHA 105.5 about the upcoming summer tour with Styx and Tesla, which hits Holmdel, NJ on July 25th. The two discussed the tour set list, tour life and more.
Listen to the full interview HERE
Last week, our very own Joe Elliott spoke with KGON 92.3's Gloria Johnson. They discussed the upcoming tour with Styx and Tesla that stops in Ridgefield, WA on September 17th.
Listen to the interview HERE
Attention #DefLeppard fans!! This Thursday, February 26th at 6pm EST, our very own Phil Collen will be hosting a Live Twitter Q&A with our fans on our Twitter account!
You don't want to miss the chance to ask Phil about the upcoming 2015 tour, music, and anything else!
Follow us now @Def_Leppard
Make sure you use the hash tag #AskPhil once the live Q&A is launched on Thursday!
Tickets on sale now for DEF LEPPARD’S massive North American tour w/ STYX and TESLA. The Live Nation-promoted tour hitting nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada will kick off on June 23 in Tampa, Fla. VIP and Meet & Greet Packages on sale now HERE
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Sept 30 - Spokane, WA (Spokane Arena) - ON SALE Feb 27th
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After his appearance on That Metal Show over the weekend, Joe sat down with That Metal Show's resident hottie Jennifer for some extra interviews. Watch now!