Trixter guitarist Steve Brown believes there’s a couple of instances where he saved the day for Def Leppard
Trixter and Tokyo Motor Fist guitarist Steve Brown was recently interviewed by Tom Leu for the Sound Matters Show. Tokyo Motor Fist just released their sophomore album Lions via Frontiers Music Srl today.
Brown has previously played a few shows while in the line-up for Def Leppard and former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung. Back in 2014 and 2015, Brown replaced guitarist Vivian Campbell in Def Leppard for a number of tour stops while the latter was suffering from Hodgkin’s lymphoma snd receiving treatments. In May 2018, Brown replaced Phil Collen at a show at the Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA on May 25, 2018 when the Def Leppard guitarist had a “family emergency” to attend to.
In terms of playing gigs with Def Leppard and Dennis DeYoung, Brown indicated (as transcribed by Sound Matters Show with slight edits): “Yeah, it’s probably the greatest side gig you could ever get. I’m always on call with them [Def Leppard] and they’re like family to me. I met them when I was 17 years old on the Hysteria tour. Phil Collen and I struck up a friendship that’s been 33 years now. I’m always there for them, and Dennis [DeYoung] too. Over the past seven years, there’s definitely been a couple instances I’ve saved the day for them. It’s like my new calling card — guitar superhero, saving rock bands one show at a time [laughs].”
With respect to still doing interviews and press these days, Brown stated: “I gotta be honest with you, I still love doing all this shit. Not a lot of people wanna do interviews. And I’ve been doing all the interviews. I love it man. As I always say, I’m blessed to be here after all these years and still making great music. I still get paid to fly all over the world and play rock ‘n roll and jump around and wear funny clothes.”
You can listen to the interview with Steve Brown at Sound Matters‘ website.
Def Leppard performing “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”, “Switch 625”, “Hysteria” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA on May 25, 2018: