Phil Collen / Def Leppard
For Collen, this illustrious career dates back to age 14 when he heard the electric guitar at a Deep Purple rock concert back home in England. He got his first guitar at 16, splitting his time learning the instrument and working in a factory and as a dispatch rider. He quit his day job to tour as a guitarist with the London-based post-punk glam rock band Girl before joining Def Leppard in 1982 during the Pyromania album recording sessions.
Born:Hackney, East London, England
Side Projects:In 2004, Collen formed Manraze with Simon Laffy from his old band Girl and Paul Cook from the Sex Pistols. The London-based act takes an alternative dub-punk-rock approach to their music.
At 2009's Download Festival, Collen was the only artist to play with two bands – handling both Def Leppard and Manraze responsibilities.