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Joe Elliott Explains Why The New Album Is Self Titled

Tuesday, 18th August 2015

Joe Elliott 2014.
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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has been interviewed by Paul Shaffer and mentioned the new self titled studio album.

Joe talked to Paul Shaffer for his Day In Rock podcast about Rock Of Ages, changes in the touring industry, enjoying playing Photograph again, the Donald Trump Iowa State Fair story, Vivian's health, the new self titled studio album, Phil Everly, the Hysteria On The High Seas cruise, VIVA! Hysteria/Ded Flatbird and the Down 'n' Outz.

Listen to the full 15 minute interview below.

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Paul Shaffer - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

Who is producing the new album?

"We did. We produced it with our long time associate Ronan McHugh who's a young-ish Irish guy who lives about eight minutes from me in Dublin, where I live. We've been working together in the studio for 16/17 years. He does our out front sound on tour. He does our records. You know once you've worked with somebody like Mutt Lange for 11, 12 years. There's really nowhere to go except down and even Mutt said to us. You don't need a producer, if you haven't learnt anything from working with me then you've not been listening. And he's absolutely right you know. Anybody for us other than Mutt would be secondary. So we'd rather not use a producer and be the producer ourselves because we know after 35 years the kind of record we wanna make."

The same kind of record?/A new direction?

"It's got a bit of everything. And that's why the album is called Def Leppard you now because over the years people may remember us mostly for things like Photograph, Let's Get Rocked or Sugar. But there's a lot more to us than that. If you just prod a little deeper under the surface. And this album is very representative of who we are right now in our early 50s. We've been a band for 37, 38 years. And it's got a bit of everything which is something that we've always wanted to do. You know with all due respect to bands like AC/DC. You kind of know what you're gonna get when they put a new record out. But with a band like Queen you can have a rock song that could well have been AC/DC but then you get the stuff like We Are The Champions which AC/DC could never have done. So we like the variation factor. So its with the power of a band like AC/DC and the variety of a band like Queen is right where we fall in the middle of."