Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Shares His Favorite Vivian Campbell Guitar Solo

In a new interview with Guitar Player, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen revealed that his favorite Vivian Campbell guitar solo from their latest album is ‘Lifeless.’

Def Leppard released their twelfth studio album, ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ on May 27, 2022. The record came after a seven-year break since 2015’s ‘Def Leppard.’ The album featured 15 new and original songs from the band. It stood out with its seventies-inspired nostalgic sound and glam rock influences. The record also featured some guest appearances like Alison Krauss, Dave Bassett, and Debbi Blackwell-Cook on the vocals.

‘Diamond Star Halos’ generally received good reviews from critics and proved to be a solid record from the group. Def Leppard will have a chance to promote their latest album in their upcoming ‘Stadium Tour‘ with Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. The band has been making final preparations since the tour starts very soon. It will kick off in Atlanta on June 16 and end in Las Vegas on September 9, 2022.

In his recent interview, Phil Collen talked about songs on their latest album one by one. When asked about ‘Lifeless,’ which has a country influence, Collen revealed that the song contains his favorite Vivian Campbell guitar solo. The guitarist explained that Campbell played it on a Fender Telecaster, and when he started to write, he wanted it to include some country vibes. He recorded some of the parts on his PC1, yet it came to a great level with Vivian Campbell’s fantastic guitar solo.

When asked about the song ‘Lifeless,’ Phil Collen replied:

That has my favorite Vivian guitar solo. He played that on a Telecaster. When I started writing it. I definitely had a Stonesy vibe in my mind, maybe a little like if U2 were to play a country song perhaps. I recorded a lot of the parts on my PC1, and I was getting a Tele sound anyway, but Vivian’s solo just really nailed it for this one.”

You can listen to Def Leppard’s new album below.