The news surrounding the Guns N’ Roses reunion of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan has been overwhelmingly positive from fans and musicians alike, but in a recent interview, Def Leppard’s Phil Collen had some choice words about all of the hubbub and well as some interesting points.
Speaking with U.K.’s Telegraph, Collen, while admitting he’d love to see GN’R play again, called the situation as a whole “really f*cking lame,” mainly due to the fact that bands like Def Leppard are still together after all these years and facing plenty of adversity.
“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. [With 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.”
Many might be quick to call sour grapes, but it’s difficult to disagree with the point Collen is making.
What do you think? Do you agree with Collen? Do you view the GN’R reunion in a different light after this interview? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.