Phil Collen On Def Leppard Competing With Beyonce And Taylor Swift

Def Leppard‘s ‘The World Tour’ seems to have clashed with two of the biggest names tours in pop, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift. Phil Collen revealed to Igor Miranda that they are standing their ground as a rock band; he said:

“I think you have the competition. There are a lot of pop, hip-hop, and country. And they sing to tracks. They play samples and sing over the top of what’s there. We don’t. We obviously have some loops for ‘Rocket’ or ‘Love Bites,’ you know, like keyboard parts. But all the vocals are real. Everything else is totally real. And it sounds different. You obviously hear the odd mistake like your voice goes [mimics voice cracking], which is cool. But for the most part, it’s pretty spectacular. I like that feeling.”

Collen didn’t brush over the apparent competition against such big names but shared that they are doing their best as a live rock band. He added:

“As I said, we’re competing with [big names.] When you’re on tour, Beyonce is out there, and also Taylor Swift. They’re doing this thing. But we’re ‘live’ live. We are a rock band, and again I said this before, and it sounds corny, but Mötley Crüe and we are keeping rock alive because it’s getting ignored. Because everyone is into just other styles of music.”

The band’s five shows in South America with Mötley Crüe were a reminder that they were keeping rock alive for their fans as Phil recently shared his thoughts about the shows to Loudwire Nights’ Chuck Armstrong:

“We just did South America with Motley Crue. It was insane. Just nuts. The reaction—people crying and us, the best we’ve ever been. I keep saying probably the best five shows we’ve ever done in our career happened in the last nine months.”

You can watch the interview below.