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Phil Collen of Def Leppard Shares Why He Went Vegetarian

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Phil Collen, co-lead guitarist for Def Leppard has been getting his vegetarian groove on for decades.

In an interview with Glide Magazine, the musician talks about his new project, and the health decisions he’s made over the span of his career. Oddly enough, going veg doesn’t seem to have been a move for his health. (Although studies show that being a vegetarian that long certainly does go a long way for health.) The guitarist was actually just really grossed out by the cruelty and the idea of eating a dead body.

Collen said, “I was always a little bit of a closet vegetarian. I didn’t like the idea of eating a dead body. I’ve been a vegetarian for like thirty years now. Stuff was bleeding, had veins in it, all of that stuff, and it made me feel really, really disgusted. How am I going to put this in me? The more I got into it, people would be like try this and it actually made me feel nauseous and I didn’t want to. You know they torture these animals and they slaughter them, it’s a pretty nasty thing. So I felt really good when I actually stopped doing that.”

If PETA is right, and a vegetarian diet saves 100 lives per year, Collen has saved over 3,000 lives.

The 54 year old singer is looking great, and still going topless on stage. Whether he gave up meat for health or not, a vegetarian diet is certainly treating his body well.

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