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Def Leppard Guitarist Called Guns N’ Roses Reunion Lame, Boasts About Integrity

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has some pretty strong opinions regarding Guns N’ Roses’ upcoming reunion shows featuring Axl Rose, Slash, and Duff McKagan. Collen was asked about the long awaited comeback gigs, and spoke for his band when he told The Daily Telegraph: “We obviously think it’s really f****** lame. 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.”

Collen, who performs nightly without a shirt, added, “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.”

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott told us that the band’s humble beginnings back in England never even hinted at where they’d be today: “35 years after starting out in a little school in Sheffield, and then the next thing we’re doing a residency in Vegas. It was never on the agenda back then, y’know? But being in a band more than seven or eight years wasn’t either. So, at this moment in time you’re just kinda making things up as you go along, because, things just keep appearing for us. Like; ‘Hey — you guys fancy doing this?’ ‘Well, that’s something we’ve never done.’ And as soon as we can say that out loud, it’s appealing for us to do it, ”cause it gets you off the treadmill.”

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