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Phil Collen is back on the road with Def Leppard on their joint tour with Journey, but he recently detailed the family emergency that led to his brief absence.

In a chat with Rock Talk with Mitch Lafon, Collen revealed that his wife experienced serious complications while giving birth.

“Helen, my wife, was giving birth to our son, but there was real bad complications.  She actually died and they brought her back to life, and internal bleeding and just craziness,” said Collen.  “This isn’t common knowledge, but it is now. So I was actually on tour, and when this happened, I obviously had to go to California. So I flew out there.”

Fortunately, both Helen and baby are doing fine now, and in the interim, Trixter’s Steve Brown filled in for Collen while he was home with his family.

Def Leppard continues their tour with Journey on July 11 with a show in Louisville, Ky. For a complete list of upcoming tour dates, head over to DefLeppard.com.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

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