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Welcome Back: Phil Collen / Delta Deep

The Def Leppard guitarist puts together a soulful new band to indulge his lifelong love of the blues.

Born out of an impromptu acoustic jam between Def Leppard’s pec-flexing guitar slinger Phil Collen and Michael Buble’s backing vocalist (and godmother to Collen’s wife, Helen), Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Delta Deep quickly became more than a couple of old friends messing around. When drummer Forrest Robinson and Stone Temple Pilots bassist Robert DeLeo jumped on board, the band went electric, and according to Collen, became a “fire-breathing dragon”.

Their self-titled debut – which features guest spots from Joe Elliott and David Coverdale – touches on soul, blues and, as Collen tells us, one or two elephants in the room.

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