The Reason Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Called Guns N’ Roses’ Split Lame


It is very likely for broken-up or on-hiatus bands to get back together and pick up from where they left off. We all know that the band members sometimes need to take a break due to their creative differences, the heavy workload of being in a band, or other reasons. While some breaks are permanent, others reconvene and return to the music scene.

One of the most famous break-up announcements in recent years came from the legendary band Guns N’ Roses. The band already experienced some problems due to the disagreements among the band members in the early 1990s. Slash and Duff McKagan started to question Axl Rose’s domination over the band, and then, the original members separated their ways.

Although the band continued to perform with new lineups, Guns N’ Roses fans wouldn’t see the classic lineup together until the band’s ‘Not in This Lifetime…Tour’ which began in 2016 and ended in 2019. The tour marked their first time together since 1993 ‘Use Your Illusion Tour.’ Such reunions always attract the media’s attention. Sometimes other musicians also have a word to say, just like what Def Leppard lead guitarist Phil Collen did for Guns N’ Roses reunion.

Did Phil Collen Call Guns N’ Roses Reunion Lame?


In an interview with Telegraph in 2016, after the Guns N’ Roses reunion, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen was asked about his opinions. He defined the reunion as ‘lame’ although he said that he loves Guns N’ Roses. Then, Collen compared them to his band Def Leppard and stressed that they never disbanded.

Phil Collen stated that they also had a lof conflicts within the band, but they managed to stay together despite all of them. He implied that Guns N’ Roses members chose to separate their ways rather than trying to handle their disagreements. Collen clarified that he knows these kinds of problems are hard to deal with, but they should have gone on.

Phil Collen’s words on Guns N’ Roses reunion:

“We obviously think it’s really f*cking lame. I love Guns N’ Roses. I think they’re really cool. I’d love to see Slash and Axl and Duff play together. That’s great. But I think it’s f*cking lame considering we’ve been hardcore. Our integrity’s still intact. We’ve never split up. We’ve gone through if someone had a little sniffle or something, we soldier on.

Someone dies, someone loses an arm, someone gets cancer, we soldier on. In Guns N’ Roses, if someone has a little barney backstage, they can’t deal with each other. I know it’s difficult, but I do think it’s pretty lame when you compare anyone else to us.”

Collen praised their integrity as a band and said it would be lame to compare them with Guns N’ Roses. He also revealed that they actually had bigger problems than Guns N’ Roses as they went through difficult times. However, they never thought about breaking up. Collen said that Guns N’ Roses had smaller issues compared to them but they couldn’t deal with it.

Phil Collen Clarified His ‘Lame’ Comment On Guns N’ Roses


A few months after his comments on Guns N’ Roses reunion, Phil Collen appeared on the Toontrack podcast and clarified the misunderstandings. Collen said that he was just misquoted in that interview, and he didn’t mean that they are lame or that their reunion is lame. Def Leppard guitarist explained that he would be very happy to see Guns N’ Roses’ original lineup performing together again.

Phil Collen stressed that what he called lame was their break-up in the first place rather than their reunion. He stated that he knew the band had some problems, and maybe they weren’t easy to solve. Then, he again referred to their own problems and said they could have continued like them despite all the challenges.

Here is how Phil Collen corrected his statements on Guns N’ Roses reunion:

“I actually just got into trouble recently, ’cause I got misquoted talking about Guns N’ Roses, of who I think are amazing. I love Guns N’ Roses. I think they’re an amazing band. I would love to go and see them. And someone said, ‘Oh, you said they’re lame.’ No. I said it’s lame that they broke up in the first place. I don’t even think it’s lame that they’re reforming.

I think it’s, you know, the world needs a Guns N’ Roses, and it’s, like, well, about time. I thought it was lame that they broke up when I think they could have enjoyed it a little bit. I know they were having all sorts of problems, so it’s easy for me to say. But we had worse problems. You know, we had someone die, someone loses an arm, Vivian got cancer, and we just soldiered on.”

Apparently, Phil Collen didn’t mean to say anything negative about the Guns N’ Roses reunion. He just tried to express his sadness over their break-up as he loved watching them together. It was good news for all the Guns N’ roses fans that luckily, their problems didn’t reach the point of no return, and we got to see them perform together again.