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JOE ELLIOTT: How ALISON KRAUSS Ended Up Guesting On Two Songs On New DEF LEPPARD Album

In a brand new interview with, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott defined how acclaimed bluegrass singer Alison Krauss got here to visitor on two songs on the band’s upcoming album, “Diamond Star Halos”. Based on Elliott, he obtained to know her by means of LED ZEPPELIN‘s Robert Plant who has made two full-length data with Krauss.

“In 2020, Wolves [Plant‘s beloved football club] had been taking part in Sheffield United [Elliott‘s club] and we had been having the banter,” Joe recalled. “He stated, ‘What are you as much as, child?’ And I stated, ‘Do not inform anybody, however we’re making a brand new album.’ And he stated, ‘Oh, I’ve to inform Alison as a result of, annoyingly, you are her favourite band.

“We would identified for some time she preferred us, as a result of she’d interviewed us for Q journal,” Elliott continued. “We have turn out to be an unintended favourite of numerous nation artists as a result of our backing vocals had been typically organized in a country-like harmonic method as a result of Mutt Lange [who produced the band’s bestselling albums] was an enormous nation fan and he’d say, ‘Change that main to a minor’ and we might and it might take [the song] away from that commonplace rock factor.”

Phrase quickly reached Elliott that Krauss was eager to be concerned on the brand new album. “We despatched her ‘Lifeless’ and ‘This Guitar’ and stated, ‘Choose whichever one you fancy as a result of these are the 2 songs most applicable for you’ and he or she texted me again inside an hour going, ‘OMG, I am unable to decide one — I like them each.’ And with out asking the fellows, I stated, ‘Why do not you do them each?’ And she or he did.”

“Diamond Star Halos” will arrive on Might 27 by way of UMe. The follow-up to 2015’s self-titled LP was recorded over the previous two years concurrently in three completely different international locations with Elliott in Eire, Rick Savage (bass) in England, and Phil Collen (guitar),Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) in the US. With out the strain of timelines or a set schedule, they poured all of their power into crafting 15 significant tracks with a mix of traditional spirit meets trendy hearth. Thematically, they nodded to their earliest collective influences corresponding to David Bowie, T.REX and MOTT THE HOOPLE, amongst others. The title itself notably references T.REX‘s “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”.

The art work for “Diamond Star Halos” follows pedigree with DEF LEPPARD‘s immediately recognizable album covers from their celebrated previous. With photographs by world famend photographer and director Anton Corbijn, styling ideas by Maryam Malakpour and graphics by the U.Okay.-based Munden Brothers, the design really follows the band’s affect by means of their eyes at this time.

DEF LEPPARD‘s “The Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS was initially scheduled to happen in the summertime of 2020 however ended up being pushed again to 2021, after which to 2022, as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

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