Watch Phil Collen Cover Paul Rodgers’ ‘Muddy Water Blues’

Def Leppard and Manraze guitarist Phil Collen recently presented a gift of $20,000 to the Gerson Institute in California, helping to support holistic cancer therapy efforts.

Collen auctioned off a one-of-a-kind guitar that was played on Def Leppard’s Rock of Ages tour for $15,000 and added $5,000 of his own money.

While at the Gerson Institute, Collen performed an acoustic set with Debbi Blackwell-Cook, who is featured on the Manraze single “Take On the World.” Continue reading

Def Leppard’s Phil Collen Talks Rock Of Ages

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.
For a full list of dates, check out the band’s official website.

Phil Collen Performs Acoustic Manraze Tracks

Phil Collen of Def Leppard and Manraze recently put an acoustic touch on two songs from Manraze’s current album PunkFunkRootsRock.

Alongside the soulful vocal stylings of Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Collen played “All I Wanna Do” and “Closer To Me.”

Watch the duo in the video below:

Blackwell-Cook can also be heard on Manraze’s fiery dance/rock mashup “Take On The World” featured in the Mark Sloper directed film I, Superbiker II: The Showdown, a film about the rise of BSB racing champion Tommy Hill.

For more information, visit Manraze’s official website.