Contact Us

Phil Collen Producing Next Tesla Record

Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Tesla‘s follow-up to their 2014 Simplicity LP is a work in progress — and it’s being assembled with an assist from Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen.

In an interview with My Global Mind, Tesla guitarist Frank Hannon talked about Collen coming on board to produce the new LP, which they’re recording during stops on Tesla’s summer tour with Def Leppard and REO Speedwagon. “He has such a passion for Tesla and he’s a fan of the band,” enthused Hannon. “We’ve had a great relationship with him as we have been friends for 30 years since the Hysteria Tour.”

Explaining he’s wanted Collen to work on a Tesla record since the group’s reunion in 2000, Hannon added, “It’s like you have a great team but if you don’t have the right person motivating the team, the team doesn’t do well. Phil is that right coach.”

Asked for details about what might be different about the band’s music with Collen at the helm, Hannon said fans can expect a “more focused” version of their usual “guitar rock and roll” — with a potentially bluesy twist.

“He brings creative ideas, energy, and his sense of melody. He also brings openness trying not to limit us. For example, some of the guys in the band would never consider playing blues, but Phil suggested that we try a blues jam and it came out great,” said Hannon. “It’s that type of open-mindedness that he brings as a musician. When you have a guy like that working as your producer, it helps foster more creativity.”

Def Leppard Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

Next: Top 10 Def Leppard Songs

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Ultimate Classic Rock

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://ultimateclassicrock.com using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!