DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen is featured in the current issue of Sportbikes Inc. magazine in a five-page interview where he discusses how he’s put his spin on the marriage of music and motorcycles throughout his career, from motorcycle courier at 17 to present day with DEF LEPPARD and MANRAZE.
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As a rock and roll guitarist in an internationally successful rock band, Collen, 54, didn’t start out as a health and fitness enthusiast. After years of playing hard, partying hard, and leading a self-described “very unhealthy lifestyle,” Phil decided to make a change. In his early thirties Collen decided to quit drinking and partying. His live-saving conversion came just before his DEF LEPPARD bandmate and “terror twin” of the party scene, Steve Clark, died of a prescription drug and alcohol overdose in early 1991. Inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle, the sober Collen no longer needed to “recover” each day from the previous night’s debauchery, and instead found himself with numerous free hours in his day. Collen began exercising, running to start, and later taking up the martial art of Muay Thai kick boxing.