Def Leppard Side Project Manraze Playing First U.S. Gig This Weekend
Manraze -- Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen's side project with with former Girl bandmate Simon Laffy on bass and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols playing drums -- will take the stage of the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday (Oct. 2) for their first-ever U.S. performance.
The gig is a makeup date for a scheduled July 31 gig that was cancelled, along with a half-dozen North American Def Leppard shows, after the father of DL frontman Joe Elliot took ill. He passed away in July.
Manraze released its sophomore album 'punkfunkrootsrock' in August, and are expected to play material from the disc during the L.A. gig, which will also feature comedian Hal Sparks and English electronica act Zero 7. A limited number of tickets are still available here.
Collen recently sat down with Ultimate Classic Rock to discuss Def Leppard, Manraze and what took the trio so long to venture to the United States for a gig. "If we’d have come [before this summer], it would have just been for no reason, there would have been no promotion, no nothing, so you’ve always got to tie it in with something else.
"Now we’ve got this new release with Rocket Science. That makes all of the difference, really, with the marketing, interviews and all of that, it makes it valid and worthwhile coming, otherwise there’s no point at all."