Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Voices His Opinion on Backing Tracks Debate

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen addressed the debate about using backing tapes during live shows.

Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx had recently admitted that his band used pre-recorded audio at concerts since 1987. Collen went on Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and said that there were certain situations in which he understood why backing tapes would be used.

“Well, it depends what you’re talking about,” Collen said in the interview. “I mean, we’ve always used keyboard things and parts of a drum loop, like on ‘Rocket’ – you couldn’t really play that part live. So we’ve used stuff like that.”

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