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Def Leppard’s Phil Collen says he never gets stage fright

Phil Collen

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Def Leppard’s Phil Collen says he never gets stage fright

The British guitarist Phil Collen is a member of Def Leppard since 1982 and was part of the classic albums “Pyromania” (1983), “Hystera” (1987) and “Adrenalize” (1992). Even after decades touring around the world and playing to huge crowds many musicians say that they still get stage fright. But, Phil Collen said in an interview with CNN En Español that he never gets stage fright at all, because it’s all a matter of confidence.


Def Leppard’s Phil Collen says he never gets stage fright

“Everyone in the band has a different approach. I always say I never get stage fright — never… I enjoy it — absolutely — but it’s almost like an avatar goes on stage. If I’ve rehearsed and my voice is good and the guitar playing is enough and I’m in shape enough, there’s a confidence that the avatar just takes over. So I can actually enjoy it in a different way.”

“Everyone in the band is very different,” Collen reiterated. “And it comes down to the confidence thing. So I can really appreciate it and I can see the whole audience and really get energy off of that, is when it just makes it even more profound, the experience,” Phil Collen said.

Def Leppard just finished in March their Mexican and South American tour alongside Mötley Crüe. They will return to the road with the American group to continue their world tour in Europe. The group will play in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Ireland and United States.

Next Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe tour dates


  • 22 – Sheffield, UK
  • 25 – Monchengladbach, Germany
  • 27 – Munich, Germany
  • 29 – Budapest, Hungary
  • 31 – Krakow, Poland


  • 2 – Prague, Czech Republic – Prague Rocks (Festival date)
  • 3 – Hannover, Germany
  • 7 – Solvesborg, Sweden – Sweden Rock Festival (Festival date)
  • 9 – Hyvinkaa, Finland – RockFest (Festival date)
  • 11 – Trondheim, Norway Trondheim Rocks (Festival date)
  • 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Copenhell (Festival date)
  • 18 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting (Festival date)
  • 20 – Milan, Italy
  • 23 – Lisbon, Portugal
  • 24 – Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain
  • 27 – Thun, Switzerland


  • 1 – London, UK
  • 2 – Lytham, UK – Lytham Festival (Festival date)
  • 4 – Dublin, Ireland
  • 6 – Glasgow, UK

August (Alice Cooper as the opening act)

  • 5 – Syracuse, NY – JMA Wireless Dome
  • 8 – Columbus, OH – Ohio Stadium
  • 11 – Fargo, ND – Fargodome
  • 13 – Omaha, NE – Charles Schwab Field Omaha
  • 16 – Tulsa, OK – H.A. Chapman Stadium
  • 18- El Paso, TX – Sun Bowl Stadium

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