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JOE ELLIOTT: Why The Album Format Is Still Important For DEF LEPPARD

As rock superstars DEF LEPPARD return with a brand-new album, “Diamond Star Halos”, vocalist Joe Elliott insists that the album format continues to be vital — no less than for DEF LEPPARD.

“Once we obtained collectively in 2014 we seen a development of individuals releasing one tune a month,” Elliott tells Rock Sweet author Jon Hotten in an unique cowl story that runs over 12 pages within the new problem of the journal. “They may bang all of them collectively on an album two years later. Different individuals had been simply doing EPs. Possibly for a youthful era, an album is not vital, as a result of they did not develop up when it was. However we did. We grew up within the period of ‘Ziggy Stardust’, ‘Darkish Aspect Of The Moon’, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Street’ — the best double album of all time, in my humble opinion. That is the place we come from. You may’t unscramble an egg. We invested in laying on the mattress and looking out on the sleeve, studying each phrase.”

Hotten additionally interviews Rick Savage for Rock Sweet and finds that the LEPPARD bassist is especially enthusiastic about the truth that the music on “Diamond Star Halos” takes him again to his youth.

“There’s nonetheless a sense of the early ’70s to the brand new album for me, while you’re simply approaching teenage years and all the things’s nice,” he tells Hotten. “It is recent, it is new. For us that is wherever between 1971 and ’74, when shade TVs had been coming into houses, bands had been getting extra outrageous with their garments, songs had been getting extra produced, sounding higher. We had been gravitating towards the pop facet of it — EAGLES, Elton John, FLEETWOOD MAC… For me there’s lots of that sort of ’70s within the new document. Loads of it has such a pleasant taste of our teenage years.”

The band will start a U.S. stadium tour with MÖTLEY CRÜE in Atlanta on 16 June, however do not anticipate LEPPARD to be enjoying a lot of songs from the brand new album on the expense of the classics.

“I do not suppose many legacy artists carry out new music,” says Joe. “We do. We play new stuff, but it surely’s horses for programs. LEPPARD followers need ‘{Photograph}’. They need ‘Pour Some Sugar…’ Solely a idiot goes, ‘I am gonna play you my total new album.’ Anybody who goes, ‘Listed below are 12 songs from my new album’ goes to clear the dance flooring. Do not batter individuals with the brand new shit. If it is ok, let it develop into a part of the set additional down the street.”

Learn this 12-page DEF LEPPARD characteristic and lots of different fascinating tales together with YES, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, and “The Biggest Double Dwell Albums Of The ’70s” in problem 32 of Rock Sweet.

Rock Sweet is a 100-page, full-color bi-monthly rock magazine, created within the U.Ok. Protecting the sights, sounds and smells from the best period in onerous rock music, the ’70s and ’80s, it was put collectively by revered U.Ok. rock journalists Derek Oliver, Howard Johnson and Malcolm Dome — all frontline writers for the legendary Kerrang! journal within the golden period.

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