Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, “We’ve been in some really horrible, dark places, but we survived them” – 2022 – Stadium Tour
Hot Press: Interview: As Def Leppard return with a new album, Diamond Star Halos, Edwin McFee meets Joe Elliott to hear about the reborn band’s lockdown LP, their time working with Alison Krauss, his mutual love-in with Ghost, and much more. You read the entire feature @ this location.
On the Band Ghost:
“I love Ghost,” he grins. “Phil (Collen) introduced me to them about eight years ago and he was like, ‘It’s really weird, they look like Swedish death metal but sound really melodic.’ The new album Impera, oh my God, it’s just brilliant. I play them a lot on my radio show on Planet Rock. I hear some Leppard influence on some of their song structures. Fair play to Tobias (Forge). There aren’t that many musicians on the planet who admit to liking us these days (laughs). Him and Brian May is about it.”
On Touring During the COVID Era:
“Health-wise, I know how to monitor how I am. I know if a singer catches this virus, it’s a lot more serious than a drummer or guitar-player. Your fingers still work even if you feel like shit. Bu we’ve had lengthy breaks from the road before. We were either dealing with making albums, Rick’s accident in 1984, or the death of Steve Clark in 1991. We’ve been in some really horrible, dark places, but we survived them. We encountered lockdown and thought, piece of piss! We can do this. This is easy. It’s annoying for everybody, but when we come out the other side, we’re so fucking ready for this.”
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