DEF LEPPARD LEAD GUITARIST PHIL COLLEN TO JOIN KOTO ARTIST YUKIKO MATSUYAMA AT THE “WORLD MUSIC, RHYTHM-AND-BLUES & A LITTLE FUNK” CONCERT ON AUGUST 17TH

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PhilCollenheadshot400 There is no rest for the Def Leppard lead guitarist, Phil Collen, as he will join the internationally acclaimed Koto Artist Yukiko Matsuyama at a special concert August 17th at 7:30 pm in the University of La Verne’s Morgan Auditorium.

Collen, a cross-cultural entity himself, is proud to perform alongside internationally acclaimed Koto artist, Yukiko Matsuyama, who blends world, jazz, new age and pop music on the Koto, a 13-stringed, 7th-century Japanese instrument. Add to the line-up a few special friends – legendary drummer James Gadson, sizzling saxophonist Greg Vail, and djembe drum master Steve Biondo – and you have the World Music, Rhythm-and-Blues and A Little Funk concert.

“When I was asked to perform with James Gadson,” Collen explains, “I felt like I already knew him due to the amount of times I’ve watched Bill Withers’ performances. It’s a pleasure to just have the opportunity to groove with him. I look forward to blending what I do with James’ great drums and the virtuoso Koto playing of Yukiko Matsuyama.”

Tickets for the World Music, Rhythm-and-Blues and A Little Funk show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at KotoYuki.eventbrite.com.

In related Def Leppard news, fans can look forward to VIVA! Hysteria – Live at the Joint, Las Vegas, a live album and film scheduled for release on October 22nd. The film will also play during a special theater engagement on October 2nd and 8th. Please visit fathomevents.com for a list of theaters.

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  • DR on

    Is he going to wear a shirt?


  • richman on

    Anyone think of marketing DRY FIT concert tee shirts. You d make millions. Come on Phillie, a dry fit PYROMANIA? Only $85 and you get a free one. Off the topic and no lie. I know a lawyer who also sings and plays guitar, he and his aging buddies signed on to do a charity event for troubled youth. You with me so far? TROUBLED YOUTH? What classic rock song do you open with at a charity concert for fucked up kids? I SWEAR ON EDDIES BOX OF TRUNK. COCAINE by Clapton.


    • DR on

      I hope the song after that was Cold Gin, followed up with with One Burbon, One Scotch, and One Beer.


  • Lee on

    Any Dean Martin drinking tune.


  • richman on

    Funny shit. No doubt. He was reminded of the venue and he played less offensive VAN MORRISON type shit. That was 10 years ago and I still remember hearing the guitar intro and everyone new what was coming. No one in that band was shirtless. THANK GOD.


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