Def Leppard Guitarist Slings Blame For Lack Of New Rock Stars

Def Leppard Guitarist Slings Blame For Lack Of New Rock Stars
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Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts kicked off the long-awaited Stadium Tour earlier this summer. Unfortunately the tour a hiccup when Crüe drummer Tommy Lee was unable to perform a full set for a number of concerts due to pain from broken ribs suffered just prior to the tour. However, he has since been back performing full shows with the band. His wife revealed he suffered a “scary” injury when he broke his ribs falling down the stairs of a rental home while Mötley Crüe was in rehearsals. 

Poison frontman Bret Michaels also missed a show with an undisclosed illness and had to miss many meet-and-greet appearances due to his health. It appears now though that everyone is back on track, and the shows overall have been reviewed and received very positively. After a short break, the tour resumed in Boston last week and will run until Sept. 9 in Las Vegas. 

Recently, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen did an interview with “Listen Next!” Collen lamented the lack of rock stars in modern music, and he placed the blame on TikTok and YouTube. “I don’t know,” he said when asked who the band will pass the torch to after retiring. “I’m still waiting, actually. You hear a lot of stuff out there, but it’s few and far between. There’s a problem, I think, and I think it’s the TikTok and YouTube crowd. When bands or artists would write before, it would be because they wanted to an artist and wanted to express themselves and write songs and share them and go, ‘Wow. Check this out,’ as opposed to, ‘Wow. Look at me. Please love me.’ I don’t wanna sound like an old dude, but that’s what I noticed. And I’m still waiting for someone like Prince or Zepplin or something that has a bit more something to it. There’s very little stuff.”

“Metallica’s great; when you see ’em, there’s a big difference. Guns N’ Roses are awesome. I don’t see that anymore; I don’t see that star power. I don’t see that kind of thing. So that’s what I’m waiting for. There hasn’t been any of that. Nirvana was… Obviously, Foo Fighters is an offshoot of Nirvana. And I love the Foo Fighters; I think they’re great. But when Nirvana came out, I was, like, ‘Woah, this is amazing.’ The Sex Pistols — amazing. But I’m just waiting — still waiting.”

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