Contact Us

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen: Joe Elliott’s Voice ‘All Back to Normal’

Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Def Leppard had to shut things down earlier this year when frontman Joe Elliott had vocal issues that hampered his participation in the band’s own cruise and caused the postponement of tour dates. But according to guitarist Phil Collen, the doctor’s order of rest has done the trick and the singer will be good to go on their next leg of tour dates.

Speaking with Corpus Christi, Texas radio station C101 (heard in the player below), Collen offered an update on Elliott’s status. “He’s great,” stated Collen. “We toured nine months last year and Joe was actually touring with walking pneumonia for most of the time. And when he got better… He actually got a nasty cough just after Christmas, after pneumonia had gone, [he got] this awful hacking cough. So that’s really what kind of messed him up.”

He went on to add, “When we’d done these dates in Florida… We’d only done one show and, all of a sudden, his voice just kind of went out. And the doctor said, ‘Look, you’ve gotta stop singing for a month.’ So he’s doing great now. He’s actually all back to normal.”

The band will return to the road in May, teaming up with fellow rock vets Styx and Tesla for dates. Ticketing details and VIP package info can be found here.

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Talks to Corpus Christi’s C101

See Where Def Leppard Landed on the Top 80 Hard Rock + Metal Albums of the 1980s

You Think You Know Hair Metal?

Subscribe to Loudwire on

Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell Offers Update on Cancer Treatment

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Loudwire

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://loudwire.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Loudwire quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!