Def Leppard Is “More Relevant Than Ever,” Says Defensive Frontman

Jun 19th, 2008 // 10 Comments

AP060525039461.jpgIs Def Leppard’s decision to tour England with Whitesnake proof that the band no longer has the live draw of their youth? Nonsense, says Joe Elliott. The band just believes in giving their fans some “value.” “This is not like the Glitter Band, Mud and Suzi Quatro on the bus playing Butlins, this is Def Leppard and Whitesnake, both with new albums, both acts more relevant than ever, playing arenas. It’s not some saddoes tour, it’s not nostalgia. Of course there’s gonna be old songs in the set, but they get to play some new stuff and look valid, so do we, and people come to hear stuff they know.” Which isn’t nostalgia, no sir. It’s possible that Joe will explain why these bands are “more relevant than ever” when the rest of his interview with The Star is published tomorrow. Then again, he might not. [The Star]

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  2. loudersoft

    But the real question is how recent is that picture? If that’s current then potentially, they are still relevant if for no other reason than the fact that their lead singer has aged gracefully.

  3. Royfromage

    Someone needs to send that quote to R.E.M. and say, “This is you!”

    Playing a bunch of new songs that no one wants to hear does not make you “relevant”.

  4. NeverEnough

    Def Leppard is as useful to modern music as a drum kit was to Anne Frank.

  5. GhostOfDuane

    @NeverEnough: Insert obligatory one-armed drummer joke here.

  6. Anonymous

    Suzi Quatro should be PISSED.

  7. FionaScrapple

    Whitesnake, really, is as relevant as it ever was. Which is to say, it’s just party music.

  8. Captain Wrong

    @FionaScrapple: I was kind of thinking the same.

    It’s kind of funny, yet kind of sad, watching aging rockers trying to hang on to what they were 20, 30, even 40 years ago.

  9. Anonymous

    Whitesnake hopes to whiff the exhaust of the Tawny Kitaen comeback juggernaut that is “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”

  10. FionaScrapple

    @Captain Wrong:
    As long as they can still deliver the goods live, and Whitesnake certainly can, God bless ‘em.

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