Def Leppard Cat Fight

01/18/2011
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(Gibson) In a recent interview, Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell expressed a certain degree of boredom regarding his live guitar parts, saying, "I've been in Def Leppard for 20 years and, if I'm honest, it's not a terribly challenging job for me as a guitar player. Phil Collen plays most of the widdly guitar parts and I do what I do."

Collen was tracked down at this weekend's NAMM show by Guitar International and offered his own thoughts on the subject. "It's all my [material]. Vivian joined a band that I helped create. He's coming into my house! It's not all the good parts, it's the Def Leppard sound that me and Steve [Clark; the late Def Leppard guitarist] created. We got together with "Mutt" Lange and there was already a sound in place. Also, we play all the hits live, which were written before Viv was in the band."

Asked whether he had any hard feelings over Campbell's comments, Collen assured fans, "No, not at all. It's just the way it falls. I can't help that all my (expletive) sounds great!"

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