Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen has said that the odds of the band’s tour with Mötley Crüe, scheduled from mid-June 2021, taking place are “50-50,” as he feels the new dates might suffer the same fate as the originally scheduled trek.
Collen made this comment during a recent interview with broadcaster Eddie Trunk on his SiriusXM show “Trunk Nation.”
Responding to a question whether the tour would go ahead next year, Collen said, “I honestly don’t know. I’d say it’s 50/50. If everyone does what they are supposed to do, then we will be there next summer.”
However, Collen said he is “really looking forward” to getting out on tour, admitting that he and his fellow rockers had been gearing up for the original trek before the coronavirus forced its postponement.
“Me and [Mötley Crüe bassist] Nikki Sixx were talking [about] getting in shape for it. We were, like, ‘How you doin’?’ and all of this stuff, and it was awesome. And then we had the plug pulled,” Collen explained. “So, we actually have got a year to look even better, so it will be even cooler.”
Def Leppard had announced last December that their stadium tour with Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts would commence on June 18, 2020 with a show in Jacksonville, Florida. On June 1st this year, the group moved the dates to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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