DEF LEPPARD Guitarist PHIL COLLEN Takes Part In GUITAR CENTER's 'Sessions' Event (Video)

December 7, 2010

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen took part in a special in-store event called "Sessions" on Friday, December 3 at Guitar Center in Hollywood, California. Phil demonstrated some of his techniques, played some music from DEF LEPPARD, MAN RAZE and CYBERNAUTS and held a question-and-answer session.

Check out fan-filmed video footage from the event below.

Collen and his new wife, costume designer Helen L. Simmons, got their first tattoos for the October 13 episode of "L.A. Ink", which features 28-year-old tattoo artist Kat Von D (born Katherine Von Drachenberg).

Check out video footage of their appearance on the show at this location.

A photo of the tattoos — which were designed by Kat herself — can be found at

When asked by why he'd never gotten a tattoo before, Phil said, "I've never really conformed to the stereotype; I've always done things a little differently. I've never felt the urge to do that, and it's really not a mid-life crisis. For me, the not drinking, being a vegetarian, all that stuff that sort of goes against the grain a bit, but it's not done on purpose. I always appreciated tattoos, but it just seemed like a really real thing to do. I met someone who I was madly in love with and we wanted to do it, and it was actually really cool. We are thrilled about it and even this morning we go, 'oh we love our tattoos!"

Collen and Simmons got married on July 16 on the beach at Florida's Ritz-Carlton, Palm Beach resort in sunset ceremony.

"We've been looking for each other our entire lifetime," Collen told "To say we're ecstatic this day has finally come is putting it mildly. It could only be us for each other."

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