defbezerk wrote:First, Phil Collen is one of the most underrated guitarists ever...you let this guy go and he can tear it up. Not to mention I think he is the only one left who wants to rock out.
I agree that he is underrated, but Phil is just like Joe and Vivian and will do or say anything to try and regain their popularity with the hoi polloi. I started noticing statements in interviews with the band that made me doubt their sincerity as far back as 1996 when the Slang album was released. In most interviews they just try to say things that will make them sound hip and current.
Example 1: “I think it’s refreshing being in the ‘90s. You don’t have to do Olympics on the guitar anymore.” – Phil Collen, Guitar Magazine, June 1996
Example 2: “We ditched the Rockmans and the Digitechs, and used a very direct guitar sound on almost all tracks—Les Pauls into Marshall amps.” – Vivian Campbell, Guitar Magazine, June 1996
Example 3: In another interview for a guitar magazine in 2000, Phil states how refreshing it is for the ‘90s to be over because musicians are starting to play their instruments more proficiently again. He then name drops a bunch of current bands that he loves including Linkin Park.
I play guitar, and Phil Collen has always been one of my favorite guitar heroes. So, when he goes on a rant against being technically proficient and using effects processors it makes me sick.
Cato Alumni wrote:The problem with Leppard is that they took their fanbase for granted, lost their major songwriter, and started churning radio songs instead of good songs. The popmetal scene just got stale, and they are a major reason for it. Adrenalize was an abomination that not only killed Def Leppard, but I think it took a lot of air out of the popmetal balloon. Had they come out with a classic album in 1992 the landscape would have been very different...
This is true. They have taken us all for granted while they try and pander to the lowest common denominator casual music fan that isn't interested in a new Def Leppard album at all--good or otherwise. They are grasping at straws trying to be huge again while ignoring their core fanbase--the ones who actual buy what they put out. Def Leppard is still a huge concert draw, but only as a nostalgia act. Artistically the band is dead.