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Def Leppard's Phil Collen Talks Writing New Memoir

Out today (October 27) is Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond, the new memoir by Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.

The 211-page book reviews Collen's story from growing up in London to playing in the band Girl, which led to his joining Def Lep during July of 1982.

Collen tells us he was a reluctant camper, however, and it took prodding from co-writer Chris Epting, who's previously written about Led Zeppelin and KISS, to get him into book-writing mode:

"I didn't really want to do it. I think memoirs and books like that are a bit egotistical, and I don't really like them. I kinda got talked into it by Chris Epting. He said, 'You should do it. It's really interesting, man.' I said, 'OK, how do you want to do this?' 'Well, if I interview you and we do a bunch of interviews and conversations we could get it down like that, because there’s so many interesting things.' And we pretty much did that and got the chronology down, and then in a nutshell me and my wife Helen just went through the book and had me talk it, so we got all the chronology right...So it was a bit of a loftier project than it would have been 'cause we pretty much had to do it two or three times."


Adrenalized dovetails nicely with Def Leppard's new, self-titled album, which comes out Friday (October 30). The group plays during November in Japan and Australia, and a U.K. run with Whitesnake in December, with its Hysteria On The High Seas cruise departing January 21 from Miami, and a U.S. tour with Styx and Tesla starting January 27 in Greensboro, S.C.




Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.