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

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.

Comments

  1. This sounds like an interesting music combination. Look forward to future post.

  2. Is he going to wear a shirt?

  3. 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.

  4. Any Dean Martin drinking tune.

  5. 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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