DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen denies recent press comments attributed to him describing the Guns N’ Roses reunion shows as ‘lame.’
In an interview with The Daily Telegraph Collen was quoted as describing the GNR shows, which see Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan reunite for the first time in more than 20-years, as paling in integrity next to the ongoing Deff Leppard line-up.
The Telegraph quoted him as saying: “We obviously think it’s really fucking 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 fucking 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."
Collen continued: "Someone dies, someone loses an arm, someone gets cancer, we soldier on. With GNR, 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.”
But now two months on Collen has moved to clarify the comments insisting he was misquoted.
Speaking on an appearance on the Toontrack podcast he insists: “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 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 lose an arm, Vivian (Campbell, guitar) got cancer, and we just soldiered on."
Collen adds: "I think that there's something about travelling and there's something about wisdom and getting more experience — not necessarily being older — but with all that stuff.
“Later on, you intellectualize stuff, and you can do stuff that you couldn't have done when you [were] a little more emotional or hard-headed. And I think that's really what it comes down to.”
Guns N’ Roses’ reunion tour will officially kick off on Friday, April 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The band is also scheduled to headline the Coachella Festival later this month.