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Interview: Phil Collen

Frontier Records announces the return of Blues-Rock-n-Soul Champions Delta Deep

All Star Group Features:

Phil Collen,  Guitarist/Vocals - Def Leppard, Manraze

Robert DeLeo, Bass/Vocals - Stone Temple Pilots, Army of Anyone

Debbi Blackwell-Cook, Vocals -  Michael Buble & Luther Vandross, Tesla

Forrest Robinson, Drums - India.Arie, Joe Sample & The Crusaders, TLC

New album EAST COAST LIVE just released on 1/27, 2018

Delta Deep to perform at select dates of  G3 tour featuring  Joe Satriani, John Petrucci and 

Phil Collen.          

Phil Collen

Blues-Rock-n-Soul supergroup DELTA DEEP is thrilled to announce the release of their sophomore album East Coast Live through Frontier Records. The group, which made their chart topping debut in 2015 features Phil Collen, lead guitarist of Def Leppard,  Debbi Blackwell-Cook (back-up vocalist for such artists as Michael Buble & Gregory Hines), Robert DeLeo (bassist for Stone Temple Pilots) and Forrest Robinson (drummer for Joe Sample & The Crusaders, India.Arie & TLC).  Listen to the first track, “Bless These Blues,” exclusively premiered today at Elmore Magazine.

The group’s self-titled debut was released in June 2015 entering iTunes Blues charts at #2. DELTA DEEP immediately hit the road performing at festivals and concert venues across the country. Critics lauded the band, with Elmore Magazine declaring, “Delta Deep is a rocking force due to bring down any house– historical or modern.”  While San Francisco’s BAM Magazine said, “the live experience for Delta Deep is one not to be missed…Debbi Blackwell-Cook is mesmerizing!”

The group originally came together when Collen was jamming at home with his wife's godmother, Debbi Blackwell-Cook. What started as a casual pairing, singing Motown favorites and classic blues when Debbi visited, quickly turned into much more.  Along with Collen's wife Helen, the three began writing original music together. Eventually Collen and Blackwell-Cook began laying down demos and the rest is DELTA DEEP history.

Collen, widely known to millions of rock ‘n roll fans for his iconic albums with Def Leppard, recently explained why they decided to put out this live album and DVD. "We recorded every night of our 2016 tours, east and west coast, expecting to pull out the best performances from different cities. But we managed to capture one of those special, magical nights where all the stars fall into place in Pawling, NY at Daryl's House. This whole album was recorded that night. It was so relaxed but we were so on fire at the same."

The musicians of DELTA DEEP bring their varying experiences from all corners of the music spectrum together to make a unique stew of blues-rock-n-soul.  Collen also adds, "The intention was never to have a DVD addition to the cd but seeing the performances live and the fact that Daryl's House also video records its shows was an added bonus for us."

You can also catch Phil Collen, along with Joe Satriani and John Petrucci during their G3 tour. Here are the up-coming tour dates...

FULL 2018 G3 Tour featuring Joe Satriani, John Petrucci & Phil Collen itinerary:

January 11        The Moore Theatre                                 Seattle, WA *

January 12        Historic Elsinore Theatre                        Salem, OR *

January 13        Grand Sierra Theatre                               Reno, NV *

January 14        Fox Theater                                                 Oakland, CA *

January 16        Delta Hall at Eccles Theater                   Salt Lake City, UT *

January 17        Brooklyn Bowl                                            Las Vegas, NV *

January 18        Mesa Arts Center                                     Mesa, AZ *

January 19        Orpheum Theatre                                    Los Angeles, CA *

January 20        Balboa Theatre                                          San Diego, CA *

January 21        Fox Tucson Theatre                                 Tucson, AZ *

January 24        Historic Paramount Theatre                 Denver, CO

January 25        Uptown Theater                                           Kansas City MO

January 26        The Pavillion at The Toyota Music Factory    Irving, TX

January 27        Austin City Limits - Moody Theater       Austin, TX

January 28        Hobby Center for the Performing Arts    Houston, TX

January 30        Hard Rock Live                                                Orlando, FL

January 31        Florida Theatre                                             Jacksonville, FL

February 1       Pompano Beach Amphitheatre              Pompano Beach, FL

February 2       Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall   Fort Myers, FL

February 3       Mahaffey Theater                                        St. Petersberg, FL

February 6       Raleigh Memorial Auditorium                  Raleigh, NC

February 8       Toyota Presents Oakdale                          Wallingford, CT

February 9       Landmark Theatre                                        Syracuse, NY

February 10     Palace Theatre                                               Albany, NY

February 11     The Palace Theatre                                      Greensburg, PA

February 12     The Fillmore Detroit                                     Detroit, MI

February 14     Warner Theatre                                                           Washington, DC *

February 15     Orpheum Theatre                                        Boston, MA*

February 16     Beacon Theatre                                                      New York, NY*

February 17     Merriam Theater                                          Philadelphia, PA*

February 18     New Jersey Performing Arts Center     Newark, NJ*

February 20     Auditorium Theatre                                     Rochester, NY

February 21     Massey Hall                                                     Toronto, ONT

February 22     Hard Rock Live                                                Northfield, OH

February 23     Chicago Theatre                                            Chicago, IL*

February 24     State Theatre                                                 Minneapolis, MN*

February 25     Riverside Theater                                         Milwaukee, WI *

    *Shows that will feature Debbi Blackwell-Cook performing with Phil Collen and band

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