Def Leppard's Phil Collen Reveals What Inspired Delta Deep Project

(Classic Rock) Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has revealed his Delta Deep blues project took form when he heard a Wilson Pickett track in a tea shop. The side-project features vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook, drummer Forrest Robinson and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo, with guest spots from David Coverdale and Joe Elliott, plus lyrics co-written by Collen's wife Helen.

He tells Glide Magazine: "Me, Helen [Collen's wife] and Debbi - were in New Zealand having a break and we were in a tea store and a Wilson Pickett song came on the radio and it just inspired something else, just the vibe of it. So we went back and wrote 'Miss Me,' which was the first song we actually got together on. And all of a sudden we've got this sound and we started writing more.

"Then I played it for Forrest Robinson, the drummer, who I hadn't seen for a while. I hadn't seen him for ten years. He used to play with India.Arie, TLC, Sade, done a lot of hip hop stuff but also Jazz stuff. He was in the Crusaders for a while, which is phenomenal. But he wants to play rock and that's all he really ever wanted to do. So I played him this stuff and he said, 'Oh my God, I've got to play on this.' Then Robert DeLeo - a friend of mine kind of introduced us and said, 'You know, Robert is a huge fan of funk and blues and soul, gospel, rock and the whole deal.' Then we just clicked and then me, Helen and Debbi just kept writing songs." Read more here.

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