Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Phil Collen, the guitarist with Heavy Matal band Def Leppard was born December 8th 1957. Def Leppard were Formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Def Leppard ’s strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album High ‘n’ Dry was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album’s stand out track “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” became one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982. The band’s next studio album Pyromania in 1983, contained the singles Photograph and Rock of Ages, and turned Def Leppard into a household name. In 2004, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Def Leppard’s Classic fourth album Hysteria, was released in 1987, this topped the U.S and UK album charts. As of 2009 it has 12x platinum sales in the United States, and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. The album contained loads of great songs, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one “Love Bites”, alongside Pour Some Sugar on Me , “Hysteria”,Armaggeddon It , “Animal” Rocket“., Gods of War and Women.
Def Leppard’s next studio album Adrenalize reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and UK Album Chart in 1992, this contained several hits including, “Let’s Get Rocked” and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”. The follow up was the 1993 album Retro Active which contained the acoustic hit song “Two Steps Behind”, while their greatest hits album Vault released in 1995, this featured the track “When Love & Hate Collide. Def Leppard’s latest album “Def Leppard” was released in 2015 with a limited edition Fan Pack containing a magazine, A4 Posters of the band and a Keyring. It contains the songs Let’s Go, Dangerous, Man Enough, We Belong, Invincible, Sea of Love, Energized, All Time High, Battle of My own, Broke’n Brokenhearted, Forever Young, Last Dance, Wings of an Angel and Blind Faith plus two alternative Mixes of We Belong and Let’s Go.