Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Manraze appeared on the latest episode of AOL Music’s In House series, which welcomes artists to the outfit’s offices to chat with staffers and perform.
One main topic of conversation was the musical Rock of Ages, which came out this week.
Def Leppard’s is front and center in the movie, considering Tom Cruise (playing aging rock legend Stacee Jaxx) handles all of his vocal parts, including “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”
The fact that Cruise nailed the Def Lep classic impressed Collen.
“We were privileged to actually be on the set and hear an unfinished version of it that he was lip-syncing to,” Collen said. ”We were blown away because you know, it’s Tom Cruise, right? All of a sudden he’s singing this song that you’re so familiar with, and he did all of the backing vocals and lead vocals… It’s all him.
“We were very impressed. He killed it. It was great.”
Watch Collen’s interview – and a taste of him playing an acoustic version of “Sugar” – below:
Collen is going to be heading out on the “Rock of Ages” tour June 20 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Guild guitars recently chatted with Mr. Bing Schmitt from Guitars of Montana for the story behind his music shops and his take on Guild products.
Ten years ago, Bing and Pam Schmitt founded Guitars of Montana in Stanford, Mont., – a rural community with a population of 400. Business was booming, and the couple eventually opened two more locations, Wicks Guitars in Lewiston (operated by renowned luthier Brian Wicks), and another location also named Guitars of Montana in downtown Great Falls.
All three locations are thriving, and Schmitt assured he couldn’t do it without his stellar employees.
“If I didn’t have the staff I have, there’d be no way to pull it off,” he said. “The staff around here is what makes the company work.”
Johnny Depp is known for his talent at bringing off-beat characters to life on the big screen, but the accomplished actor can really play guitar, as well.
Depp received this year’s Generation Award for his prolific movie career, but instead of walking up from the crowd to pick up his golden popcorn, he instead joined The Black Keys to jam out on “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Loneley Boy.”
Check out both tracks from El Camino in the videos below: