Phil Collen Qutes from THE DECADE THAT ROCKED!


It's great to get insight into the era of 80's rock-n-roll via a treasure trove 
of photographs skillfully captured in front of Mark Weiss' camera lens. This event is the perfect time capsule for Mark's work finally being released 
upon the masses in 2012.
It's great to get insight into the era of 80's rock-n-roll via a treasure trove of photographs skillfully captured in front of Mark Weiss' camera lens. This event is the perfect time capsule for Mark's work finally being released upon the masses in 2012."- Phil Collen (Def Leppard)
Dee Snider: This is a great photo. Dee Snider basically stood up for our rights as artists. He is an extremely intelligent and cool guy. This obviously upset those people with closed minds who in their ignorance expected him to turn up in his stage attire expecting him not to be able to tell the difference between entertainment and real life.
His inclusion in this period of our history is momentous and really means a lot to all of us as artists.
Dee Snider: This is a great photo. Dee Snider basically stood up for our rights as artists. He is an extremely intelligent and cool guy. This obviously upset those people with closed minds who in their ignorance expected him to turn up in his stage attire expecting him not to be able to tell the difference between entertainment and real life.
His inclusion in this period of our history is momentous and really means a lot to all of us as artists.
Dee Snider: This is a great photo. Dee Snider basically stood up for our rights as artists. He is an extremely intelligent and cool guy. This obviously upset those people with closed minds who in their ignorance expected him to turn up in his stage attire expecting him not to be able to tell the difference between entertainment and real life. His inclusion in this period of our history is momentous and really means a lot to all of us as artists. Dee Snider: This is a great photo. Dee Snider basically stood up for our rights as artists. He is an extremely intelligent and cool guy. This obviously upset those people with closed minds who in their ignorance expected him to turn up in his stage attire expecting him not to be able to tell the difference between entertainment and real life. His inclusion in this period of our history is momentous and really means a lot to all of us as artists.
PMRC Crowd with signage: Over the years touring the US Ive met many people like this. We were once set upon in a Dallas airport in 87 by a bunch of homophobic, religious extremists who verbally accused us (Def Leppard) of helping to spread AIDS. I still meet people like this and it cracks me up since Ive been a vegetarian for 29 years and 25 years sober. I think its the fact that when these types of people get turned on they react in a very opposite and negative way ala Norman Bates or like the military reclusive dad in the film American Beauty. If you really want to see this in action check out the movie Rock of Ages. It sums it up beautifully with Catherine Zeta-Jones portraying the Tipper Gore character.
PMRC Crowd with signage: Over the years touring the US Ive met many people like this. We were once set upon in a Dallas airport in 87 by a bunch of homophobic, religious extremists who verbally accused us (Def Leppard) of helping to spread AIDS. I still meet people like this and it cracks me up since Ive been a vegetarian for 29 years and 25 years sober. I think its the fact that when these types of people get turned on they react in a very opposite and negative way ala Norman Bates or like the military reclusive dad in the film American Beauty. If you really want to see this in action check out the movie Rock of Ages. It sums it up beautifully with Catherine Zeta-Jones portraying the Tipper Gore character.
Lita Ford: The ultimate 80s rock chick. Litas image was what every aspiring female musician wanted and what every other rock guy wanted on his arm.  Rock of Ages, the film brings home that point. Lita comes from a great rock-n-roll lineage being the lead guitarist for The Runaways also featuring Joan Jett. We have the pleasure of touring with her this summer. Ive known Lita for years and shes great. Im really looking forward to touring with her. Maybe we can finally get those songs written that weve been talking about.
Lita Ford: The ultimate 80s rock chick. Litas image was what every aspiring female musician wanted and what every other rock guy wanted on his arm. Rock of Ages, the film brings home that point. Lita comes from a great rock-n-roll lineage being the lead guitarist for The Runaways also featuring Joan Jett. We have the pleasure of touring with her this summer. Ive known Lita for years and shes great. Im really looking forward to touring with her. Maybe we can finally get those songs written that weve been talking about.
Motley Crue:  Another band that weve known for many yearsĶ.Motley Crue the definitive crowned kings of the Sunset Strip. Motley Crue inspired and influenced a whole generation from glam to goth metal. Again another band that stuck it out-all original members. They get total respect from me. It was a joy to tour with them last Dec (2011) in the UK.
Motley Crue: Another band that weve known for many yearsĶ.Motley Crue the definitive crowned kings of the Sunset Strip. Motley Crue inspired and influenced a whole generation from glam to goth metal. Again another band that stuck it out-all original members. They get total respect from me. It was a joy to tour with them last Dec (2011) in the UK.
Poison: Our touring buddies. We actually went out with Poison in 2009 and will be out with them again this summer for our 2012 Rock of Ages Tour. I really admire bands who stick it out through thick and thin. Poison is one of those bands. Ive known all the guys since the 80s and its great to see them come out the other side. On a side note I just played guitar on a Bret Michaels single called Get Your Ride On. Poison and Def Leppard have 6 songs total in the new Rock of Ages movie. See you out on tour gentlemen!
Poison: Our touring buddies. We actually went out with Poison in 2009 and will be out with them again this summer for our 2012 Rock of Ages Tour. I really admire bands who stick it out through thick and thin. Poison is one of those bands. Ive known all the guys since the 80s and its great to see them come out the other side. On a side note I just played guitar on a Bret Michaels single called Get Your Ride On. Poison and Def Leppard have 6 songs total in the new Rock of Ages movie. See you out on tour gentlemen!
Jon Bon Jovi: I remember when Bon Jovi started blowing up. We had done a festival in Germany with all these other bands-Ozzy, the Scorpions, etc. and it just went. The songs were great, the image was amazing, and it seems the stars actually lined up right in front of us. When you have that going for you its totally unstoppable. Weve always got on great with Jon and all the boys. Def Leppard shared an amazing parallel with Bon Jovi. The thing that keeps us all relevant is that weve managed to make great songs that stand the test of time.songwriter sometimes overlooked because the icon gets in the way.
Jon Bon Jovi: I remember when Bon Jovi started blowing up. We had done a festival in Germany with all these other bands-Ozzy, the Scorpions, etc. and it just went. The songs were great, the image was amazing, and it seems the stars actually lined up right in front of us. When you have that going for you its totally unstoppable. Weve always got on great with Jon and all the boys. Def Leppard shared an amazing parallel with Bon Jovi. The thing that keeps us all relevant is that weve managed to make great songs that stand the test of time.songwriter sometimes overlooked because the icon gets in the way.
Guns N Roses: GNR hit the scene in 87 and immediately they had an edge that a lot of the 80s bands didnt have. They had a dangerous punky attitude that was more akin to Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers than Jon Bon Jovi. I love Slashs guitar work especially in the arena of 80s shred guitar as his whole thing was about feel and groove. This translated to the GNR songs which made them really unique in that environment. I still bump into the guys occasionally and we have a great rapport.
Guns N Roses: GNR hit the scene in 87 and immediately they had an edge that a lot of the 80s bands didnt have. They had a dangerous punky attitude that was more akin to Johnny Thunders Heartbreakers than Jon Bon Jovi. I love Slashs guitar work especially in the arena of 80s shred guitar as his whole thing was about feel and groove. This translated to the GNR songs which made them really unique in that environment. I still bump into the guys occasionally and we have a great rapport.
Def Leppard: On tour somewhere in the US in 1983. This was our Pyromania tour. We went from opening act to headliner and outrageous album sales. This tour was a pinch me moment because all of our dreams actually became a reality. Rick Allen, our drummer, sporting the union jacks was a wee babe at 19 years old in this photo. I was the oldest at 25. We had no idea for an image. Joe Elliot and Rick got their garb from a London market and all of a sudden that was the look.
Def Leppard: On tour somewhere in the US in 1983. This was our Pyromania tour. We went from opening act to headliner and outrageous album sales. This tour was a pinch me moment because all of our dreams actually became a reality. Rick Allen, our drummer, sporting the union jacks was a wee babe at 19 years old in this photo. I was the oldest at 25. We had no idea for an image. Joe Elliot and Rick got their garb from a London market and all of a sudden that was the look.
Here we are taking part in a soccer game against Z95FM, a radio station in Allentown, PA. From left to right thats me, Steve Clark in the background, Joe Elliott. And I think thats Rick Allen with the #10 shirt on. It was halftime. When we played these publicity games we always won because soccer wasnt yet popular in the states but we had been playing the game since we were kids. So here we always came across like heroes. However, we came unstuck when we played in Latin America specifically to a bunch of 17 year olds in Mexico City who whupped our asses. Phil Collen (Def Leppard/Manraze)
Here we are taking part in a soccer game against Z95FM, a radio station in Allentown, PA. From left to right thats me, Steve Clark in the background, Joe Elliott. And I think thats Rick Allen with the #10 shirt on. It was halftime. When we played these publicity games we always won because soccer wasnt yet popular in the states but we had been playing the game since we were kids. So here we always came across like heroes. However, we came unstuck when we played in Latin America specifically to a bunch of 17 year olds in Mexico City who whupped our asses. Phil Collen (Def Leppard/Manraze)
Me and Joe Elliott getting our rockstar on live on stage during the 83 Pyromania Tour. We had the whole rock thing going but also appealed to girls in a kind of Duran Duran kind of way. Musically we echoed that creating rock music that could be played on top 40 radio thanks to Mutt Lange.
Me and Joe Elliott getting our rockstar on live on stage during the 83 Pyromania Tour. We had the whole rock thing going but also appealed to girls in a kind of Duran Duran kind of way. Musically we echoed that creating rock music that could be played on top 40 radio thanks to Mutt Lange.
Steve Steaming Clark guitarist of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: My best friend and other half of the Terror Twins-a moniker given to us by Side Phil Wilkey (our monitoring engineer) for being drunken and disorderly. Steve was an absolute gentle soul whose biggest influence was Jimmy Page of Led Zeppellin. Steve had a unique ability to take his influences and not copy them but make them utterly original while still paying homage to the source. I dont know where he came up with his ideas but I loved playing them when I joined the band back in 82.  I still miss Steve everyday.
Steve Steaming Clark guitarist of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: My best friend and other half of the Terror Twins-a moniker given to us by Side Phil Wilkey (our monitoring engineer) for being drunken and disorderly. Steve was an absolute gentle soul whose biggest influence was Jimmy Page of Led Zeppellin. Steve had a unique ability to take his influences and not copy them but make them utterly original while still paying homage to the source. I dont know where he came up with his ideas but I loved playing them when I joined the band back in 82. I still miss Steve everyday.
Joe Elliott lead singer of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: The great thing about Def Leppard is that we had no idea that we were as unique sounding as we were and that we had started influencing other bands as we were all still in fan mode-none more than our Joe whose best quality in my opinion is his humble innocence.  Joes sound and voice is what people aspire to and want to emulate. Yet in his humility he simply continues to give credit to the music that has influenced him.
Joe Elliott lead singer of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: The great thing about Def Leppard is that we had no idea that we were as unique sounding as we were and that we had started influencing other bands as we were all still in fan mode-none more than our Joe whose best quality in my opinion is his humble innocence. Joes sound and voice is what people aspire to and want to emulate. Yet in his humility he simply continues to give credit to the music that has influenced him.
Rick Sav Savage bassist of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: The Fender Precision bass guitar in this photo was stolen. It was one of Savs favorites. Id have to check out the facts but I think it was later found and had something to do with being buried in a backyard somewhere-all a bit weird. Dont quote me on it. Ill ask him and give you an update. Sav is one of the founding members of the band along with Joe. Savs favorite band is Queen. I always hear it in the songs and riffs that he comes up with. This helps when you throw all of these influences in the pot. Together they all ultimately come out in the Def Leppard sound.
Rick Sav Savage bassist of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: The Fender Precision bass guitar in this photo was stolen. It was one of Savs favorites. Id have to check out the facts but I think it was later found and had something to do with being buried in a backyard somewhere-all a bit weird. Dont quote me on it. Ill ask him and give you an update. Sav is one of the founding members of the band along with Joe. Savs favorite band is Queen. I always hear it in the songs and riffs that he comes up with. This helps when you throw all of these influences in the pot. Together they all ultimately come out in the Def Leppard sound.
Rick Allen drummer of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83- When I first started playing with Rick I thought he was using a double kick drum. But he had this amazing technique where he would flick his heel on the pedal and make it sound like a double kick. Ricks technique was pretty grownup for a rock drummer as he used jazz techniques and he was so young. I remember once on this tour we went to jam with a band at the hotel we were staying at but Rick wasnt allowed in because he was under aged.  This was to be Ricks last tour with this way of playing. The next year on New Years Eve he had a horrific car crash that severed his left arm. This actually led to a period of total inspiration for him and everyone who was around to witness. When Steve and I visited him in the hospital he told us hed been practicing on the pillows in his bed and that he was going to replace his lost left arm with his left leg and a series of pedals that would allow him to continue drumming. The result was astounding. He would get up at 8am every morning and play til nightfall every single day. He not only dealt with the frustration of learning a new way to play drums but then there was the everyday life stuff ie., tying shoelaces and even standing up straight. Rick pulled this off big time with humility and humor. He continues to be a huge inspiration to me, the band, and many others.
Rick Allen drummer of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83- When I first started playing with Rick I thought he was using a double kick drum. But he had this amazing technique where he would flick his heel on the pedal and make it sound like a double kick. Ricks technique was pretty grownup for a rock drummer as he used jazz techniques and he was so young. I remember once on this tour we went to jam with a band at the hotel we were staying at but Rick wasnt allowed in because he was under aged. This was to be Ricks last tour with this way of playing. The next year on New Years Eve he had a horrific car crash that severed his left arm. This actually led to a period of total inspiration for him and everyone who was around to witness. When Steve and I visited him in the hospital he told us hed been practicing on the pillows in his bed and that he was going to replace his lost left arm with his left leg and a series of pedals that would allow him to continue drumming. The result was astounding. He would get up at 8am every morning and play til nightfall every single day. He not only dealt with the frustration of learning a new way to play drums but then there was the everyday life stuff ie., tying shoelaces and even standing up straight. Rick pulled this off big time with humility and humor. He continues to be a huge inspiration to me, the band, and many others.
Me (Phil Collen) guitarist of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: Here I am onstage with my Ibanez Destroyer which you can hear among other things on the solos of Photograph, Rock of Ages, and Foolin. An interesting thing about what Im wearing-my suitcase with all of my clothes was stolen from a Florida hotel and I only had shorts on when I made the discovery. Some fans took me to an army surplus store hence the camo fatigues which became my staple for the rest of the Pyromania tour.
Me (Phil Collen) guitarist of Def Leppard Pyromania Tour 83: Here I am onstage with my Ibanez Destroyer which you can hear among other things on the solos of Photograph, Rock of Ages, and Foolin. An interesting thing about what Im wearing-my suitcase with all of my clothes was stolen from a Florida hotel and I only had shorts on when I made the discovery. Some fans took me to an army surplus store hence the camo fatigues which became my staple for the rest of the Pyromania tour.
I have always been there for the artists who were there for me when I began my career.  Weve all had and continue to have, peaks and valleys to overcome in our personal and professional lives.  Without their loyalty and belief in my craft, I would have never been able to continue making my rock n roll dreams a reality.    Mark Weiss
I have always been there for the artists who were there for me when I began my career. Weve all had and continue to have, peaks and valleys to overcome in our personal and professional lives. Without their loyalty and belief in my craft, I would have never been able to continue making my rock n roll dreams a reality. Mark Weiss