Def Leppard's Phil Collen has been writing more than songs these days.
Collen will publish a memoir, Adrenalized: Life, Def Leppard, and Beyond on October 27 via Atria Books. The book announcement calls it "a fascinating account of the failures, triumphs, challenges and rock-hard dedication it takes to make dreams come true," and Collen tells us he pulls no punches in the book:
"It's...my story type of thing. It's pretty interesting things happened along the way from growing up over here in London to, y'know, all the other stuff that happens, just the travel and meeting different types of people and how that influences and changes your life, and the crazy highs, the lows everyone has, just thundering on and kind of just the whole thing, really, and how it changes your outlook on life and your perception. It's just about everything, really."
Adrenalized, co-written with Chris Epting, is part of a busy year for Collen that includes a just-finished Def Leppard tour of Canada, a European trek that kicks off Tuesday (May 19), a North American trek with Styx and Tesla that starts June 23 in Tampa, Fla., a new Def Leppard album expected this fall and the release of the first album by Collen's blues band Delta Deep, which is due out June 3.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.