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Phil Collen Leaves Def Leppard Tour Due to ‘Emergency’

Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is taking a leave of absence from the band’s tour with Journey due to an issue at home, the group announced.

“Our brother and bandmate Phil has unexpectedly returned home for a family emergency,”  Def Leppard wrote on its website. “With Phil’s blessing our friend, Steve Brown, will be joining us on stage until Phil is able to return.  On with the show!”

Brown–a member of the band, Trixter- stepped in immediately in Hershey Park, Pa., last night (May 25). Collen and his wife are expcting the birth of their son this spring.

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Brown previously helped the band in 2014 subbing for Vivian Campbell at several while the guitarist received treatment in his fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His first appearance with DEF LEPPARD took place in September 2014 during the pregame show for the first of three NFL International Series outings. He assisted the group through 2015.

Def Lep’s 58-city tour kicked off on May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut and will run through October 6 in Los Angeles. The tour arrives at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, June 14.