DEF LEPPARD's Phil Collen Forced To Leave Tour...

'Family Emergency' takes guitarist away after less than 1 week on tour

May 29, 2018

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It's never a good sign when, only 1 week into a mammoth, 5 month tour, a crucial member of a band is forced to leave. That's exactly what's just happened with Def Leppard's PHIL COLLEN, who abruptly left the tour after only 2 performances (Cincinnatti, Cleveland) due to a 'family emergency.' So far, there's been no statement issued by either the band or their publicist, but guitarist Steve Brown of TRIXTER has been pressed into service for Def Lep, and he appeared in Buffalo and Hershey, Pennsylvania in Mr. Collen's stead. Brown has previously played with Def Leppard (2015-16) as a stand-in for guitarist Vivian Campbell when Campbell was fighting cancer. Brown's history with the band stretches back to 1992 when Trixter was on tour with Def Leppard. Sending best wishes to Phil Collen and his family for a positive resolution to his situation, and a speedy return to one of this Summer's biggest tours! Rock On!