Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is indefinitely off the band’s current joint tour with Journey due to a family emergency, with Trixter guitarist Steve Brown subbing for him, according toBlabbermouth. 30 minutes before showtime on Friday night (May 25th) at Hershey, Pennsylvania’s Hersheypark Stadium, Leppard frontman, Joe Elliott came out to fill fans in on the situation, saying, “I have an announcement to make. And I’d like you to spread the word as people come in. But, very sadly, Phil Collen cannot be with us this evening. He has a family emergency back in California. So we are very blessed that our very good friend Steve Brown, who, some of you may remember, stood in for Vivian (Campbell) about four years ago when Vivian couldn’t make a couple of shows, has learned the bits very, very rapidly and, with Phil’s blessing, will join us on stage tonight. And for the immediate future.”
Elliott went on to say: “So just be prepared, okay? We’re here for ya, and we’re glad that you’re here for us. Thank you. See you in 30 minutes.”
Steve Brown is no stranger to Leppard fans, having opened for the band with Trixter way back in ’92, before becoming their go-to guitarist when Vivian Campbell was sidelined by treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2014 and 2015.
- CHECK IT OUT: Joe Elliott on May 25th, 2018 making the announcement regarding Phil Collen in Hershey, Pennsylvania:
CHECK IT OUT: Def Leppard — with Steve Brown — on May 25th, 2018 performing “Rocket,” “Animal,” and “Foolin'” live in Hershey, Pennsylvania: