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Happy birthday, Phil Collen

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Phil Collen, co-lead guitarist for English rock band Def Leppard (2012)

Phil Collen, co-lead guitarist for English rock band Def Leppard (2012)

Happy birthday, Phil Collen...
Born Philip Kenneth Collen on December 8 1957 in Hackney, London, England, Phil Collen is a musician and songwriter mostly known as one of the guitarists of Def Leppard.
He is a self-educated guitarist. When he was 16, he bought a red Gibson SG and decided to drop school to focus on music.
He joined bands like Tush, Dumb Blondes, Lucy, and Girl.
Phil started to know success with Girl, especially due to the band's two first albums, Sheer Greed and Wasted Youth (lineup in 1980: Phil Lewis (vocals), Phil Collen (lead guitar, backing vocals), Gerry Laffy (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Simon Laffy (bass, backing vocals), Dave Gaynor (drums, backing vocals)).
In 1981, he was proposed by Joe Elliott and Steve Clark to join Def Leppard. Yet, Phil stayed in Girl because there was no need to replace Pete Willis then.
On July 12 1982, one day after Pete Willis got fired, Phil joined Def Leppard (lineup in 1982: Joe Elliott (lead vocals, additional guitar, additional keyboards), Steve Clark (guitar, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals, additional guitar, additional keyboards), Rick Allen (drums, percussion, backing vocals)).
He quickly became close friend with Steve Clark and their friendship led to the trademark dual-guitar sound of Def Leppard.
After developing a serious addiction to alcohol, Phil decided to quit drinking alcohol, and eating meat in order to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
In 1991, after Steve Clark died of alcohol abused, Phil had not only to face the loss of his friend but also the challenge of playing, for the recording of the album Adrenalize, music that had been written for Steve Clark's playing style. Their styles were quite different and it made it pretty difficult for Phil to play Steve Clark's part. Indeed, Phil's playing is precise and technical whereas Steve Clark's playing was more rhythmic and melodic.
At this time, Phil considered quitting Def Leppard. He didn't feel like playing guitar anymore.
In late 1991 and early 1992, the band audtionned guitarists like Adrian Smith, John Sykes, and Gary Hoey to replace Steve Clark.
When Vivian Campbell joined the band in 1992, Phil was relieved of the pressure of having to play Steve Clark's parts for concerts.
With Joe Elliott, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey and Dick Decent, Phil formed, as a tribute to Mick Ronson, Cybernauts, a David Bowie cover band.
In 2004, he formed the band Man Raze (lineup: Phil Collen (vocals, guitar), Simon Laffy (bass, backing vocals), Paul Cook (drums)).
In 2008, Man Raze released its debut album, Surreal. The same year, Def Leppard released its ninth album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.
The following year, Man Raze toured with Alice Cooper.
With The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and Van Halen, Def Leppard are in the list of the only five rock bands with two original studio
In May 2015, they will release a new album.
To conclude, we wish a happy birthday and years of rock to Phil Collen!

Phil Collen, Def Leppard

Phil Collen, Def Leppard

Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen (Def Leppard)

Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen (Def Leppard)

[french version :
Joyeux anniversaire, Phil Collen ...
Né Philip Kenneth Collen le 8 décembre 1957 à Hackney, Londres, Angleterre, Phil Collen est un musicien et auteur-compositeur mieux connu en tant que l'un des guitaristes de Def Leppard.
Phil est un guitariste autodidacte. A 16 ans, il s'achète une Gibson SG rouge et decide d'arrêter l'école pour se concentrer sur la musique.
Il rejoint des groupes comme Tush, Dumb Blondes, Lucy, et Girl.
Phil commence à connaître le succès avec Girl, surtout grace au deux premiers albums du groupe, Sheer Greed et Wasted Youth (lineup en 1980 : Phil Lewis (chant), Phil Collen (ead guitare, choeur), Gerry Laffy (guitare rythmique, choeur), Simon Laffy (basse, choeur), Dave Gaynor (batterie, choeur)).
En 1981, Joe Elliott et Steve Clark lui proposent de rejoindre Def Leppard. Cependant, étant donné qu'il n'y a pas besoin de remplacer Pete Willis à ce moment, Phil reste dans Girl.
Le 12 juillet 1982; un jour après que Pete Willis soit renvoyé, Phil rejoint Def Leppard (lineup en 1982 : Joe Elliott (chant, guitare additionelle, clavier additionionel), Steve Clark (guitare, choeur), Phil Collen (guitare, choeur), Rick Savage (basse, choeur, guitare additionelle, clavier additiotionel), Rick Allen (batterie, percussions, choeur)).
Il devient rapidement très proche de Steve Clark et leur amitié perlet de créer le son du duo de guitare qui est la marque de fabrique de Def Leppard.
Après avoir commencé à développer un grave problème d'alcool, Phil décide d'arrêter de boire de l'alcool et de manger de la viande afin d'adopter un style de vie lui permettant d'être en bonne santé.
En 1991, après que Steve Clark meurt à cause de l'alcool, Phil doit non seulement faire face à la perte de son ami mais aussi à la difficulté de devoir jouer, pour l'enregistrement de l'album Adrenalize, de la musique ayant été écrite pour le jeu de Steve Clark. Leurs styles sont très différents et il a été donc très difficle pour Phil de jouer les parties de Steve Clark. En effet, si le jeu de Phil est précis et technique, celui de Steve Clark est plus rythmé et mélodieux.
A ce moment, Phil pense à quitter Def Leppard. Il n'a plus envie de jouer.
Fin 1991, début 1992, le groupe auditionne des guitaristes comme Adrian Smith, John Sykes, et Gary Hoey pour remplacer Steve Clark.
Quand Vivian Campbell rejoint le groupe en 1992, Phil est soulagé de la pression d'voir à jouer les parties de Steve Clark en concert.
Avec Joe Elliott, Trevor Bolder, Mick Woodmansey et Dick Decent, Phil forme, en hommage à Mick Ronson, Cybernauts, un groupe de reprise de chanson de David Bowie.
En 2004, il forme le groupe Man Raze (lineup : Phil Collen (chant, guitare), Simon Laffy (basse, choeur), Paul Cook (batterie)).
En 2008, Man Raze sort son premier album, Surreal. La même année, Def Leppard sort son neuvième album, Songs from the Sparkle Lounge.
L'année d'après, Man Raze fait une tournée avec Alice Cooper.
Avec The eatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd et Van Halen, Def Leppard sont dans la liste des cinq groupes de rock dont deux albums studio se sont vendus à plus de 10 millions de copies chacun aux Etats-Unis.
En mai 2015, Def Leppard va sortir un nouvel album.
Pour conclure, nous souhaitons un heureux anniversaire et des années de rock à Phil Collen !]

Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen (Def Leppard) - Pyromania, 1983 - credit: Ross Halfin

Vivian Campbell, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen (Def Leppard) - Pyromania, 1983 - credit: Ross Halfin

Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2012)

Vivian Campbell and Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2012)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2012)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2012)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2012)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2012)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2011)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2011)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2011) - O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2011) - O2 Arena, Dublin, Ireland

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2008) - credit:Ben Spencer/flickr

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (2008) - credit:Ben Spencer/flickr

Phil Collen, North Dakota State Fair Def Leppard Concert (2007)

Phil Collen, North Dakota State Fair Def Leppard Concert (2007)

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (Phoenix, 2006) - credit: Danny Kongos

Phil Collen, Def Leppard (Phoenix, 2006) - credit: Danny Kongos

Phil Collen and Def Leppard (1995) - Band live acoustic

Phil Collen and Def Leppard (1995) - Band live acoustic

Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen, Def Leppard (1989)

Steve Clark, Phil Collen, Rick Savage, Joe Elliott and Rick Allen, Def Leppard (1989)

Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Def Leppard (Performance at Royal Albert Hall, 1989) - credit: JM Enternational

Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Def Leppard (Performance at Royal Albert Hall, 1989) - credit: JM Enternational

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