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DEF LEPPARD’s PHIL COLLEN On Upcoming Tour With MÖTLEY CRÜE: ‘Hopefully VINCE NEIL Will Be Working Out’

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen speaks about fitness on the road for the upcoming 'The Stadium Tour' with Motley Crue.

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DEF LEPPARD‘s Phil Collen recently spoke with St. Louis, Missouri radio station KSHE 95 about the upcoming “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS.

When Collen was asked if he is concerned about MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil not being in the best shape physically for the upcoming run, he responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “No. I talk to [CRÜE bassist] Nikki Sixx all the time. We’re friends. And I’ve known Vince forever. He’s gonna be part of our team. The way I look at this whole thing… We wanna take this tour to the rest of the world — in Europe, Australia, Japan, all over the place, South America — so it’s really important that everyone is part of the team. And we’re inspired. Me and Joe [Elliott, DEF LEPPARD singer] — actually, all the guys — we’re on the phone, and we start rehearsing in about a week.”

He continued: “So, no. I think that MÖTLEY CRÜE are gonna be part of that team, as are [support acts] POISON and Joan Jett. We all stand as one.

“The great thing, when you go out on tour with KISS, it’s all about the show; it’s not about trying to upstage anyone or do that. Yeah, you can have a bit of that going on, but then you live and die by the show, and you wanna make that great. And that’s a great lesson we’ve learned from KISS, and we apply that.

“So, no,” he repeated. “I can’t wait till we get out there. And hopefully Vince will be working out. We’ve got a trainer coming out. Yeah, it’s gonna be really cool.”

You can check out the full interview at this location.

DEF LEPPARD‘s “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS is set to get underway on June 16 in Atlanta, Georgia.