Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is not impressed with the upcoming Guns N’ Roses reunion or their original split back in the day.
“We obviously think it’s really f****** lame,” Collen tells The Telegraph. “I love Guns N’ Roses, I think they’re really cool, I’d love to see Slash and Axl and Duff play together, that’s great. But I think it’s f****** lame considering we’ve been hardcore. Our integrity’s still intact, we’ve never split up. We’ve gone through if someone had a little sniffle or something, we soldier on.
“Someone dies, someone loses an arm, someone gets cancer, we soldier on. With Guns N’ Roses, if someone has a little barney backstage, they can’t deal with each other. I know it’s difficult, but I do think it’s pretty lame when you compare anyone else to us.”
Former in Sheffield, UK in 1977, Def Leppard have survived the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991 from alcoholism, drummer Rick Allen losing his left arm in a car accident in 1984, and guitarist Vivian Campbell’s diagnosis with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2013.
The group have just postponed the remaining dates of their winter US tour due to frontman Joe Elliott coming down with "severe laryngitis."
Guns N’ Roses have gone through their own trials and tribulations over the years, including the firing of drummer Steven Adler in July, 1990 due to drug addiction, a heroin overdose by Slash that saw the guitarist dead for eight minutes, and riots at their concerts.
Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan and unconfirmed others will launch a 2016 reunion tour with two shows in Las Vegas in April, a Mexico City concert and two headline spots at Coachella later the same month.
The 2016 shows will mark the first time the trio have performed together since a July 17, 1993 date at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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