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Tom Allom Praises Lep In Classic Rock Interview

Friday, 12th July 2013

On Through The Night 1980.

Tom Allom who produced Def Leppard's On Through The Night album was recently interviewed by Classicrockrevisited.

Tom produced the 1980 debut album and had words of praise for the band during the interview that mostly focused on Judas Priest. Tom also tells the story of how he was the first industry figure to take the band out to dinner, earning him the nickname 'Colonel'.

Classicrockrevisited - Tom Allom Interview Quotes

"I was there dad. They were very young. Joe [Elliott] might have been 21 and he was the old guy in the band."

"I went to Sheffield and I listened to their songs; they had some really great songs. We did that album in two weeks before Christmas and two weeks after Christmas. It was finished by mid-January. I had about a ten day break and then I went back into the same studio to produce British Steel."

"They were great guys to work with and they were such a great band. I went to see them live before I did the album. They were opening up for AC/DC in Birmingham. They were fantastic and they were so young and vigorous."

"They were mad Pat Travers fans too. That guitar player that got kicked out, Pete Willis, even looked like Travers. Travers was his hero. They were such good players and they were so tight. It is a really good album. They went straight out on tour after the album opening up for bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest and Ted Nugent."

Thanks to Christian.