Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen to perform with Chaka Khan at ‘Black Girls Rock Fundraiser Live Stream’
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen continues to branch out from the hard rock genre as he is scheduled to perform with the Queen of Funk Chaka Khan at the upcoming Black Girls Rock Fundraiser Live Stream on June 18, 2021.
Collen also plays in blues rock group called Delta Deep.
The following message was posted in part on Def Leppard‘s Facebook page earlier today:
“Announced today, Phil will perform with Chaka Khan at the empowerment brand Black Girls Rock Fundraiser Live Stream on June 18th. Info + tickets for the virtual gala at: https://blackgirlsrock.com/
The virtual gala, powered by Microsoft, will be an illustrious celebration of Black Girl Magic featuring phenomenal musical performances by the iconic Queen of Funk Chaka Khan, and GRAMMY® nominated virtuosos Alice Smith and Maimouna Youssef aka MuMu Fresh; DC’s all-female go-go band Bela Dona, GRAMMY Award winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs Leonard, celebrity DJ Aktive, and an exclusive collaboration with Chaka Khan and Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen. The event will be hosted by esteemed actress Tatyana Ali and hip-hop icon MC Lyte, with appearances by acclaimed actor Wood Harris, GRAMMY® Award winning artist Estelle and more.”
Wikipedia summarizes Chaka Khan‘s music career as follows (with slight edits): “Yvette Marie Stevens (born March 23, 1953), better known by her stage name Chaka Khan, is an American musician, singer and songwriter. Her career has spanned nearly five decades, beginning in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the funk band Rufus. Known as the “Queen of Funk“, Khan was the first R&B artist to have a crossover hit featuring a rapper, with “I Feel for You” in 1984. Khan has won ten Grammy Awards and has sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide.
With Rufus, she achieved four gold singles, four gold albums, and two platinum albums. In the course of her solo career, Khan achieved three gold singles, three gold albums, and one platinum album with “I Feel for You.” She has collaborated with Ry Cooder, Robert Palmer, Ray Charles, Quincy Jones, Guru, Chicago, De La Soul, Mary J. Blige, among others. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 65th most successful dance artist of all time. She was ranked at No. 17 in VH1‘s original list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. She has been nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times as a solo artist and four times as a member of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan; the first time in 2012 as a member of Rufus.”