Def Leppard Had 'Out Of Body Experience' At Download

(TeamRock Radio) Def Leppard's Phil Collen has recalled his "out of body experience" while headlining the Download festival in 2009 - and says the show tops his 32 years of touring with the band.

The guitarist fondly remembers playing the Freddie Mercury tribute concert at Wembley in 1992, and delivering their first-ever UK stadium show in their home city of Sheffield the following year.

But Collen tells Music Radar: "The best might be when we headlined Download. It was just one of those gigs where all the stars lined up beautifully. The audience was massive - 85,000 people - and the weather was perfect.

"During our set the sun went down, and the view from the stage was spectacular. From the very first note, we played our asses off; everybody was totally on their game and the sound was spot-on.

"This has happened to me about five or six times in my life - I feel as though I'm having an out of body experience. Somebody else is playing the show, and I'm channeling that person. That was Download."

The show also raised memories of Def Lep's 1986 appearance at Download's predecessor, Monsters Of Rock - their return to action with drummer Rick Allen after he lost his left arm in a car crash. Read about that here.

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