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Philip Kenneth Collen is an English musician. He is the lead guitarist for the rock band Def Leppard, he joined the band in 1982 during the recording of the Pyromania album. Phillip Kenneth Collen was born in Hackney, England. Collen got his first guitar on his 16th birthday, a red Gibson SG, taught himself how to play, he joined a line-up of early bands including Lucy, Dumb Blondes. He left school to work in a factory as a motorcycle dispatch rider until his band Girl got their first record contract. During his tenure with Girl, Collen's career began rising, spurred by the relative success of the albums Sheer Greed and Wasted Youth, which allowed Collen the opportunity to play at more significant venues. A young Phil Collen can be seen on the back cover of Deep Purple's live album Made in Japan as the live photo was taken at the Rainbow theatre in London, a concert Collen attended, not in Japan. In a recent interview, Collen revealed that he was approached by Steve Harris to join Iron Maiden replacing guitarist Dennis Stratton.
Before Collen's entrance into Def Leppard on 12 July 1982 during the recording of Pyromania, he had been asked to consider joining the band during the 1981 tour for High'n' Dry by Joe Elliott and Steve Clark, whom he knew at the time. Despite this invitation, there was no need to replace Pete Willis yet and as a result, Collen stayed as a member of Girl for the time being. After Willis was fired due to alcohol problems, Joe Elliott asked Collen to audition, he was asked to perform solos on the songs "Stagefright" and "Photograph" during the recording sessions of Pyromania. Mutt Lange, the band’s producer, said to Phil “just have fun on it, play some solos on it.” Photograph, Rock of Ages, Stagefright, Rock till you Drop were all songs that he played solos on. His solo on Stagefright was the first take of anything on the album He and fellow guitarist Clark bonded, becoming close friends and leading to the trademark dual-guitar sound of Def Leppard. Collen and Clark became known as the "Terror Twins," in recognition of their talents.
By this time, Collen had become noted for his trademark bare-chested stage appearances. During the 1980s, Collen quit drinking alcohol, which he had developed into a serious addiction, stopped eating meat, adopted a healthy lifestyle. According to Collen, he began suffering from blackouts due to alcohol and quit when he realized that he was losing control of his addiction, starting to dominate his life. In contrast, Clark did not follow such standards and died due to alcohol abuse in early 1991. After Clark died, Collen was faced with the challenge of not only dealing with the loss of a friend and bandmate, but with the burden and responsibility of the "Adrenalize" recordings; the music had been written, but Clark's playing style differed so much from Collen's that recording Clark's parts proved difficult. While Clark's playing style was rhythmic and sometimes characterized as "sloppy," Collen's style was technical and precise, leading to difficulties in mimicking the sound of Clark's playing style.
Due to the aftermath of Clark's death, as well as the issues with the recording of "Adrenalize", Collen considered leaving Def Leppard. According to Joe Elliott, Collen didn't want to continue in the band anymore with Steve not being there, he said, "I'd rather be a plumber."Clark would be replaced as the band's co-lead guitarist by Vivian Campbell of Dio and Whitesnake, shortly before the Adrenalize tour. This relieved Collen of some of the pressures of the "overkill" production style of Def Leppard, as well as the challenge of reproducing Clark's guitar parts for live shows. In 1989, Collen worked with Jackson Guitars to develop an ergonomically correct electric guitar, although according to Collen, he designed them because "they looked cool," and they ended up having bad balance, as well as a "really weird shape."Recently, his live rig with Def Leppard consists of various Jackson PC1 guitars, some are modified, all equipped with Dimarzio pickups and Floyd Rose Tremolo Unit and Sustainer.
For acoustics, Collen uses several Fenders acoustics. For strings, Collen uses D'Addario 0.13 - 0.13 - 0.56 gauge strings. Collen has been involved in several side projects over his career, most notably the band Man Raze, formed as a joint collaboration with former Girl bandmate Simon Laffy as bassist and drummer Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. In 1990, Collen co-produced the On the Edge album of the Australian band BB Steal. In 1991, Collen offered a song he had written, "Miss You In A Heartbeat" to the band The Law, featured on the band's self-titled album; this album was the band's only release. "Miss You In A Heartbeat" was recorded and released by Def Leppard. In 1993, Collen executive produced the album Sublime To The Ridiculous for the band, Sheer Greed, composed of former members of Girl, an act Collen was associated earlier in his career. Collen has worked in side projects with Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott. One of these recent projects was a tribute to Mick Ronson, he and Elliott joined with Trevor Bolder and Mick "Woody" Woodmansey from Spiders from Mars and keyboardist Dick Decent to form the band Cybernauts.
In 2001 they released a live album of Bowie songs. In 1996, Collen performed as a featured guitarist on the Jeffology: A Guitar Chronicle album - a tribute album to Jeff Beck. Collen performed on the single,"'Cause. In 2010, Collen recorded the song "Hard Times Celebrate" with rapper Bazaar Royale, featured on the album "The Ride."Phil Collen formed a blues project by the name of Delta Deep with vocalist Debbi Blackwell Cook of the 80's group The Jamm
Girl were an English glam metal band formed in London in 1979, which split up in 1982 with band members going on to join Def Leppard and L. A. Guns, among others. Girl were formed in 1979 by vocalist Phil Lewis, guitarists Gerry Laffy and Phil Collen, drummer Jonathon Trevisick, bassist Mark Megary. Collen had been in the bands Lucy and Dumb Blondes. Girl were first discovered and managed by Jon Lindsay, looking for bands for former manager of The Who, Kit Lambert for a proposed new record label. Lindsay and Girl separated over managerial decisions when the band wanted to sign a recording deal with Don Arden instead of a recording contract negotiated by Lindsay with music figure Simon Napier-Bell's Nomis Publishing; the band were signed by Jet Records, releasing two singles prior to their debut album Sheer Greed, which reached number 33 in the UK Albums Chart. The band's profile was raised by tours with the Pat Travers Band and UFO, in the midst of the new wave of British heavy metal explosion.
Girl recorded a pre-L. A. Guns version of the song "Hollywood Tease", which peaked at No. 50 in the UK Singles Chart in April 1980. Gaynor left in 1981. However, following several live dates with the band, Barnacle himself was replaced by Bryson Graham during the recording of the next album. Both Barnacle and Graham appear on Girl's second album Wasted Youth, released in 1982 and reached number 92 in the UK. Pete Bonas replaced Phil Collen. Girl still have six albums available through Sanctuary Records: Sheer Greed, Wasted Youth, Killing Time, Live At The Marquee, Live At The Exposition Hall, Japan, the 37 track anthology My Number: The Anthology, Bootleg - Live in Tokyo 1980 and Girl-Sheer Greed-Gerry Laffy - The Rare DVD Collection. After the band's dissolution, Phil Lewis joined The London Cowboys Airrace, in 1987 L. A. Guns. Lewis sang with New Torpedos, Tormé, Filthy Lucre, The Liberators. Gerry Laffy, Simon Laffy, Pete Barnacle went on to play in Sheer Greed, which featured guest appearances from both Lewis and Collen.
Sheer Greed recorded two versions of "Hollywood Tease", one recorded in studio for the album Sublime to the Ridiculous and another live for Live in London. Collen and Simon Laffy are in a band called Man Raze, along with former Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook. Phil Lewis - lead vocals Gerry Laffy - guitars Phil Collen - guitars Jonathon Trevisick - drums Dave Gaynor - drums Mark Megary - bass Simon Laffy - bass Pete Barnacle - drums Bryson Graham - drums Pete Bonas - guitars Sheer Greed - UK #33 Wasted Youth - UK #92 Live at the Marquee Live at the Exposition Hall, Japan Live at the Greyhound: Fulham London 1982 Live at the Paris Theatre: London 1980 Rainbow Tease Live in London Killing Time My Number: The Anthology Live in London 2-23-82 Live in Tokyo 1980 Girl-Sheer Greed-Gerry Laffy: The Rare DVD Collection List of new wave of British heavy metal bands Gerry Laffy's MySpace page Sheer Greed Facebook Group http://www.nwobhm.com/girl.htm
Killing Time is a British glam rock band Girl compilation album, released after the band broke up. It was made with leftover tracks from the recording sessions of their two studio albums and unpublished tracks for a third studio album never released. "Juliet" – 4:16 "Nut Bush City Limits" – 2:34 "Mad for It" – 3:47 "White Prophet" – 2:47 "Green Light" – 2:58 "This Town" – 3:11 "Aeroplane Food" – 2:48 "Make It Medical" – 2:57 "Nothing but the Night" – 3:55 "Big Night Out" – 4:10 "I Got Love" – 2:55 "Lucky" – 3:30 "Killing Time" – 3:23 "Naughty Boy" – 3:25 "King Rat" – 3:19 "Mogal" – 3:49 "Love Is a Game" – 3:17 "Black Max" - 3:19 "The Sound of Cars" – 4:39 "You Really Got Me" - 2:27 Phil Lewis: Lead Vocals Phil Collen: Guitar Gerry Laffy: Guitar Simon Laffy: Bass Pete Barnacle: Drums Bryson Graham: Drums
Simon Laffy is an English novelist and bassist, a former member of Man Raze and former member of Girl. Simon Laffy was born at home in London, he started playing music at fourteen years old, inspired by Steve. He joined his first band at fifteen and was playing in London clubs before being old enough to be in them. Simon signed his first record deal with glam rock band Girl at twenty one years old and toured Europe, the Far East and the UK. Subsequently, he has played at most venues in Britain, including Wembley Arena, Hammersmith Odeon, the Marquee Club and at the Download and Phoenix Festivals, his music career included working as a producer, arranger, engineer, live mixer and DJ. He has played on fifteen albums and eighteen singles, as well as performing on countless studio sessions, TV appearances and radio broadcasts, photo sessions and two thousand gigs. In 2004, Simon formed a rock band, Man Raze, with his former Girl bandmate Phil Collen from Def Leppard and Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols and began a dance album project called Pearl Avenue with Joel Parkes, the Canadian singer/songwriter.
Man Raze formed their own record company, Surrealist Records. Simon Laffy began a writing career in 2010 and has published three historical fiction novels, titled Seed of Satan, Red Sunrise and Fire of the Sun, on the ACM Retro Ltd imprint. Simon Laffy is the brother of Gerry Laffy. Simon Laffy's official webpage
Live at the Exposition Hall, Japan is a live album by the British glam rock band Girl recorded in 1982. "Wasted Youth" - 3:31 "Make It Medical" - 4:50 "My Number" - 3:33 "Heartbreak America" - 2:38 "Little Miss Ann" - 3:18 "Ice in the Blood" - 3:57 "Family at War" - 5:01 "Mad for It" - 4:53 "Tush" - 3:34 "Old Dogs" - 3:22 "Strawberries" - 3:25 "Standard Romance" - 4:27 "Passing Clouds" - 5:17 "Nineteen" - 5:31 "Overnight Angels" - 4:53 "Hollywood Tease" - 3:07 "This Town" - 5:09 Phil Lewis - lead vocals Pete Bonas - guitar Gerry Laffy - guitar Simon Laffy - bass Bryson Graham - drums
Philip Francis Lewis is the English vocalist for the American hard rock band L. A. Guns, he was born on 9 January 1957 in England. He has lived and worked in the U. S. since the 1980s but was educated at Royal Russell School in Surrey, England. Lewis started the band Girl with guitarist Gerry Laffy in 1978, they put an ad in Melody Maker for a "peroxide guitar hero," and Phil Collen answered. They were soon joined by bassist Mark Megary. Megary was replaced shortly thereafter by Simon Laffy, they signed a record deal with Don Arden’s label, Jet Records in 1979 and released their first album, Sheer Greed, in 1980. Lewis's girlfriend, Britt Ekland, was instrumental in helping Girl land their record deal. Band members included Pete Barnacle, Bryson Graham, Pete Bonas, they released their second album, Wasted Youth in 1982. Phil Collen left the band in 1982 to join Def Leppard, the band broke up shortly thereafter, their third and final album, Killing Time, was released in 1997. It consisted of leftover material from the first two albums as well as tracks that were written for an album that never materialized.
Lewis joined forces with guitarist Rudy Rivera, bassist Dave Birch, drummer Paul Edwards to start the band New Torpedos. They released a demo tape. Lewis left New Torpedos to join the band Tormé with guitarist Bernie Tormé, they got a record deal with Zebra Records. They released Back to Babylon in 1986 and Die Pretty, Die Young in 1987, they never quite managed win over mainstream audiences. Shortly after leaving Tormé, Lewis received a call from guitarist Tracii Guns stating that he was interested in having Phil join his band, L. A. Guns; the two met on 1 April 1987, Lewis was hired shortly thereafter. L. A. Guns soon signed a record deal with Polygram Records and released their first album, L. A. Guns, on 4 January 1988; the band achieved mainstream success with their second album, "Cocked & Loaded," thanks in part due to the successful single, "The Ballad of Jayne." They released "Hollywood Vampires" in 1991, which had moderate success. Due to the rise in popularity of the grunge movement, the band would not release their fourth album, "Vicious Circle" until 1994.
That album did not achieve the success of the prior albums, so Lewis left the band shortly after its release. During his time out of L. A. Guns, Lewis participated in several other music projects including Filthy Lucre with Steve Dior and the Liberators. Filthy Lucre released an album called "Popsmear" in 1997. During this time, he held various other jobs including producing albums for other artists, mixing audio for Fox Sports, working as a telephone psychic for a short time. Lewis returned to L. A. Guns in 1999; the classic lineup released a re-recorded version of the hit album "Cocked and Loaded" in 2000. This updated version was called "Cocked & Re-Loaded." The band released a new album entitled "Man In The Moon" in 2001. They released "Waking The Dead" in April 2002, it was the first album with producer Andy Johns and would prove to be the last with Tracii Guns, as he left the band a few months to team up with Nikki Sixx for the band Brides of Destruction. Guns’ departure forced the band to pull out of a world tour with Alice Cooper, they were soon dropped from their label as well.
Lewis and drummer Steve Riley continued to tour as L. A. Guns after Tracii Guns’ departure and have released two more original albums, "Tales From The Strip" in 2005 and "Hollywood Forever" in 2012. In December 2016, Lewis announced that he would be leaving the current lineup of L. A. Guns, he announced that he will be joining Tracii Guns in a new L. A. Guns lineup; the new lineup consists of Phil Lewis, Tracii Guns, Michael Grant, Johnny Martin, Shane Fitzgibbon. They released a new album together called “The Missing Peace” on October 13, 2017; as of March 2018, Michael Grant left L. A. Guns. Lewis resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his wife, the artist Kahla Walkowski, he was married to Junko Lewis. Both Kahla and Junko feature in the music video "You Better Not Love Me," from the 2012 L. A. Guns album "Hollywood Forever." Lewis is a contributor to the 80s metal music website "Metal Sludge", under the online handle "Al Snug". Lewis sang on a cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" on the Def Leppard tribute album Leppardmania.
He sang on a cover of Guns N' Roses's "My Michelle" on the Guns N' Roses tribute album Appetite for Reconstruction. As well as contributing vocals on "Shot Down In Flames" on the AC/DC tribute album "We Salute You: an All Star Tribute To AC/DC", he has recorded a cover of Kiss' "Strutter" on the Kiss tribute album Spin The Bottle, sang on "Billion Dollar Babies" on the Alice Cooper tribute Humanary Stew and contributed vocals to a cover of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive" on the Bon Jovi tribute album Covered Dead or Alive. With GirlSheer Greed Wasted Youth Killing Time With New TorpedosNew Torpedos demo tapeWith TorméBack To Babylon Die Pretty, Die Young With L. A. GunsL. A. Guns Cocked & Loaded Hollywood Vampires Cuts Vicious Circle Greatest Hits and Black Beauties Live: A Night on the Strip Cocked & Re-Loaded Man In the Moon Waking the Dead Rips the Covers Off Tales from the Strip Loud and Dangerous: Live from Hollywood Hellraiser's Ball: Caught in the Act Covered in Guns Hollywood Forever The Missing Peace With Filthy LucrePopsmear SoloEL Nino/More Purple Than Black Access Denied - Also marketed as a Liberators album "Gypsy: Phil Lewis Semi-Precious Jewels" (2
Live at the Marquee is a live album by the British glam rock band Girl, recorded in 1981 and released in 2001. "Ice in My Blood" - 3:23 "Icey Blue" - 3:24 "Mad for It" - 3:59 "Overnight Angels" - 4:48 "Old Dogs" - 3:27 "Big Night" - 4:34 "Sweet Kids" - 2:34 "Wasted Youth" - 3:39 "Nice'n' Nasty" - 3:04 "My Number" - 4:18 "Standard Romance" - 4:09 "Thru the Twilight" - 3:26 Phil Lewis - lead vocals Phil Collen - guitar Gerry Laffy - guitar Simon Laffy - bass Pete Barnacle - drums