DEF LEPPARD: Collen Doing His Part
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is auctioning off his black and purple Jackson PC1 guitar, affectionately known as "Wings," for charity.
Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is auctioning off his black and purple Jackson PC1 guitar, affectionately known as "Wings," on eBay for charity. He's playing the guitar on this summer's Rock of Ages tour, and proceeds from the auction will go to the Gerson Institute in San Diego, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Gerson Therapy, an alternative treatment for cancer and other degenerative diseases. The bidding is at just under $4000, and the auction ends on September 14th, the last date of Def Lep's tour.
Collen got the guitar earlier this year from music store owner Jake Willoughby, who asked Collen if he would help raise money towards the fight against cancer. Jake's mother had just passed away from pancreatic cancer, the same disease that took Phil’s father, Kenneth, in 2004. Jake donated a Collen signature guitar, the Jackson PC1 from his music store. In the spirit of hope it was named “Wings.” Mike Learn, a noted artist whose graphics are well known in the guitar world, donated the graphic custom paint job on the guitar. He's also lost two family members to the same disease.