Phil Collen thinks Def Leppard will do the odd song as a hard rocker in terms of new material

Phil Collen thinks Def Leppard will do the odd song as a hard rocker in terms of new material

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was recently interviewed by BraveWords and the latter released an excerpt from its feature interview.

Collen was asked if the band’s “youthful heavy rock attitude” featured on the group’s records High ‘n’ Dry and Pyromania will appear in new material. In terms of Def Leppard going back to their roots, Collen responded: “Yeah, we are aware of that… The first two Leppard albums were Leppard, definitely influenced by like AC/DC, but Pyromania was something different and more Def Leppard and unique. And Hysteria was even more unique. You know, I get it, people want the Stones to be a blues band, but not really aside from a ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ or ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. So with that, you can do the odd song and make it aggressive. The Slang album was kind of live and dark, and I thought represented us live too. But people didn’t like that album. You know, sometimes you can’t win. And then you have the other people who want to hear just Hysteria, and we kind of get sick of that. So you have to really do what you want to as a band. Queen and Prince always did their own thing once they got their own sound, and mixed it up. But yeah, I think we will be doing the odd song as a hard rocker.”

You can read the rest of the article featuring Phil Collen at BraveWords‘ website.

Sleaze Roxx stated the following in one of its two reviews of High ‘n’ Dry: “In conclusion, this is an all-time classic which for me I would have to say is right next to Pyromania in their best work! They hit one out of the ball park here and made us believers until Pyromania kicked it universally everywhere for them! They were never the same after High ‘n’ Dry and of course they gave Pete Willis the boot and out went a big clog of talent. Of course, Mutt Lange really took the reins over after High ‘n’ Dry but I kinda wish he would just chilled back a bit — kinda like the role he had on this one and the AC/DC albums. But I think Def Leppard in 2014 would not agree with me.”

Def Leppard‘s “Let It Go” video (from High ‘n’ Dry):

Def Leppard – Let It Go

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