Phil Collen Says Alice Cooper Used Def Leppard’s ‘Hysteria’ As A Reference

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Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen recently gave an interview to Metal Edge and revealed Alice Cooper used their hit album’ Hysteria’ as a reference.

Throughout their career, Def Leppard has released twelve records, but the most successful ones among the others were undoubtedly the ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria’ albums. Released in January 1983, ‘Pyromania’ spawned two chart-topping singles, ‘Photograph’ and ‘Rock Of Ages,’ and reached number two on the US Album Chart.

Their next album, ‘Hysteria’ was released on August 3, 1987. Following the release, it became Def Leppard’s best-selling album, with over 20 million copies sold worldwide. Moreover, the album spawned seven hit singles and topped the UK, US, New Zealand, Canadian, Australian, and Norway charts.

‘Hysteria’ dominated the album charts in the world for around three years. The ‘Hysteria’ tour was also equally successful as the album. So, since its release, the record has been a staple classic in the rock music scene. According to Phil Collen, it inspired many artists, including Alice Cooper.

In a recent interview with Metal Edge, Phil Collen said that they were aware that every other artist was trying to copy ‘Pyromania’s sound after its release, and they used it as a reference. He then claimed he spoke to Alice Cooper and Cooper said he used ‘Hysteria’ as a reference in the studio. As Collen said, Stevie Wonder and Prince also commented on the album.

Speaking to Metal Edge, Phil Collen said the following:

“We were very aware that after ‘Pyromania,’ everyone was trying to copy that sound. You’d go into any studio, and they were using the record as a reference. It happened even more with ‘Hysteria.’ I’ve spoken to Alice Cooper about it, and he said he would put ‘Hysteria’ as a reference in the studio. I’ve heard Stevie Wonder and Prince commenting on that record’s sonics. To be in the company of those guys, that’s what you aspire to.”

According to Phil Collen, Alice Cooper would put the ‘Hysteria’ album on while recording in the studio as he saw the record as a reference. As it seems, ‘Hysteria’ was not only a spectacularly successful record but also an inspiration to even metal icons like Cooper.