DEF LEPPARD Vocalist JOE ELLIOTT Says His Range Has 'Improved' Over The Years

February 27, 2018

DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott was recently interviewed by the New Bern, North Carolina radio station 106.5 WSFL. The three-part conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):

On the "DEF LEPPARD curse":

Joe: "We've had two incidents that were of a very tragic nature — notably, Rick [Allen, drums] losing his arm and Steve [Clark, guitar] dying. Without trying to belittle those two episodes, that is all that's really happened [that's] tragic. I mean, other things have happened — [producer] Mutt [Lange] had a car crash when we were doing 'Hysteria'; I got mumps when I was 27 — but these things happen to people all the time. You take five people off the street and put them in a room and say, 'What has happened to you over the last twenty years?', and I almost guarantee you that they would have had more incidents of a negative nature than what's happened to us. Those things were incredibly tragic and hard to get over, and the death of Steve is something that we're aware of every day of our lives. But there's been so many 'up' things as well, that we kind of feel a little like we got snuck through the back door on that one, because we are very happy people, and most of the time, we've always been that way. It puts things into perspective as well. When you see Rick sweating his ass off for two hours a night for an entire year on tour with just, like, three limbs, you can imagine the aches and pains that he goes through just to achieve what he does. You don't really walk around, especially in front of him, going, 'I've got a bit of a sniffle today,' or, 'I broke my nail.'"

On having to adapt in the mid-1990s in the wake of the grunge movement:

Joe: "It was 1994 by the time we got back together [after having] finished the 'Adrenalize' tour. We had a lot of stuff to deal with with, like Steve passing away, and that delayed the record. By the time it came out in '92, we did well, it did great. We were running in parallel lines with this whole new music that was just starting to emerge from Seattle. We said goodbye at the end of the tour, all went home to enjoy the break and soak up what we'd just achieved, but then we realized there was a change in the guard, and NIRVANA, PEARL JAM, ALICE IN CHAINS, SOUNDGARDEN, et cetera, et cetera, were really kicking the likes of the '80s bands to one side, and we wanted to make sure that we didn't get lumped in with everybody else and get kicked to one side either. We were going to fight this tooth and nail. Without jumping on the bandwagon, we realized that whatever album we were about to make had to kind of fit into the workplace that was current. Somebody had moved the goal posts from what we were used to, and we had to either play on the old pitch with no goal posts, or go where the goal posts had gone. And that's a tough one for a band like us, because a lot of people think, 'What are you going to do now — you're just going to wear a checked shirt, shorts and start singing about heroin?' It wasn't quite that bad, but we obviously had take all that into consideration."

On how his voice has changed over the years:

Joe: "On 'Hysteria', I'd been singing a lot lower. My voice has naturally dropped. I've got a very deep talking voice, so a lot of people are amazed at how high I can sing considering how I talk. I've been doing a lot of singing which is more this [normal talking] kind of register — things like 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' or even the track 'Hysteria', the verses, they're pretty much down-key. What's that done, it's enabled me to rest my high end, which through rest, has improved. Then I can sing in the higher register a lot better, because I'm not doing every song up there. So my voice has dropped in one sense, but I can actually sing higher now, because I'm not hammering it to death all the time. Consequently, my vocal range has improved by actually just going down in register, which is amazing, really. I think that just comes through age and experience and maturity, I suppose."

DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY's American tour will mark the first time the groups have performed together since 2006. The North American trek will be composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by JOURNEY and half by DEF LEPPARD. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands. The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums — Toronto's Rogers Centre; Atlanta's Sun Trust Park; Detroit's Comerica Park; Chicago's Wrigley Field; Denver's Coors Field; Minneapolis's Target Field; Boston's Fenway Park; St. Louis's Busch Stadium; San Francisco's AT&T Park; and San Diego's Petco Park — as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California.

Find more on Def leppard
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • reddit
  • email

Comments Disclaimer And Information

BLABBERMOUTH.NET uses the Facebook Comments plugin to let people comment on content on the site using their Facebook account. The comments reside on Facebook servers and are not stored on BLABBERMOUTH.NET. To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).