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Joe Elliott Quite Excited By Varied New Album - Audio

Wednesday, 14th January 2015

Joe Elliott Sheffield 2008.
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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was interviewed in December 2014 by Shredload and said he's excited by the 2015 studio album with audio available.

Joe talks about the Down 'n' Outz UK tour, Vivian's health, playing rare material/VIVA Hysteria, the Summer Tour 2014 with KISS and the 2015 Def Leppard studio album.

The interview was conducted on the 18th December in Dublin as the Down 'n' Outz UK Tour came to an end.

Visit the Album News section. For more news on new music (based on band member quotes) dating back to January 2011.

Shredload - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

How is the material sounding so far?

"Varied. Yeah, real good. Some of the stuff sounds absolutely like us. Some of the stuff sounds like things that people our age should be writing these days you know. So it's a bit of everything, really you know. Stuff that reminds us of stuff that we grew up listening to. So it's, it's very much in a classic rock mode, but it's also not stale and sterile."

"For us it's kind of exciting because we're doing a lot of stuff that we've never really done before you know. It's the odd, kind of Merry Clayton kind of BV (backing vocals) like the Stones would use. Horns like they would use on certain songs. Just varying things up a little bit. But it's still essentially got the sound because we've - you know with our guitar sound and my voice it's an, it's a distinctive sound. And Rick's drum sound is a distinctive sound."

"It's the song writing that is variable because of everybody's input is different you know. Sav writes a certain way, I write a certain way, Phil and Vivian write a certain way. Even Rick Allen's written stuff on this record which is really good. Um and - so there's a lot of variety there. And - I'm quite excited at the moment."

"But until we kind of get the other six that are like bubbling away that need a little bit more work doing. I don't really know what direction it's going in fully. But it's varied and that's what I've always liked about our records. You hear an AC/DC record and you know what you're gonna get and it doesn't really vary - veer off that track much. But say like a QUEEN record you could have 'Tie Your Mother Down' and 'You Take My Breath Away' on the same - same album, and it's almost two different bands. And that's what we like being more that direction. Where we can dip our toe into different sounds."