Phil Collen Shares The Def Leppard Songs He Wanted To Give Lady Gaga Or Miley Cyrus


Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell recently joined an interview with Guitar World to discuss their latest album, tour, and influences. Collen also revealed the song from the album that he wanted Lady Gaga or Miley Cyrus to record.

Nowadays, rock stars are thinking outside the box by collaborating with artists we’d never expect, including pop stars. Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus are also among the names who attract the attention of many notable artists in the rock and metal world. While many artists, including Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, James Hetfield, Sting, and many others, have shown their admiration for Lady Gaga, Cyrus had a chance to perform with Steven Tyler and cover ‘Nothing Else Matters‘ for Metallica members.

It looks like Phil Collen also admires the two prominent singers of the pop scene and wonders about their performance on a Def Leppard song. In his recent interview, the guitarist initially talked about the first single, ‘Kick‘ from their latest album, ‘Diamond Star Halos.’ Collen explained that he didn’t write ‘Kick’ and ‘Fire It Up‘ just for Def Leppard to perform.

Instead, he wanted to create rock anthems that everyone could join in and sing in the stadiums. The guitarist also revealed that rock anthems are not easy to write, although they appear like that. When he wrote the two songs, he told the band’s lead singer Joe Elliott that he wanted to give them to other singers to record. When asked about the names in his mind, Phil Collen said he could think of giving the songs to anyone from Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus. He believes they can add different elements to those songs and perform them the way they require.

Phil Collen speaking on ‘Kick’ and ‘Fire It Up’:

“Actually, that song and ‘Fire It Up’ weren’t written for Def Leppard. ‘Fire It Up’ was one of the first songs I wrote, and ‘Kick’ was the last. The co-writer on ‘Kick’ is a guy named Dave Bassett. I programmed a drum pattern because I wanted to write a rock anthem, something you can sing in a stadium. Same with ‘Fire It Up.’

The funny thing is, rock anthems sound easy, but they’re really hard to write. Anyway, I wrote them, and I played them for Joe. I told him I was going to give them to other people to record, and to each one, he said, ‘That’s a Def Leppard song.’ The other guys felt the same way.”

He then shared the names he wanted to give the two songs:

Anyone from Lady Gaga to Miley Cyrus – you know, somebody who had a different thing. These songs are hard because they can come out corny if they’re not done a certain way. They work as rock anthems. They’re meant for stadiums.”

You can listen to both songs below.