Def Leppard’s Rick Savage Says Sting Understands The Essential Focus Of A Band
Def Leppard bassist Rick Savage recently spoke to Guitar World and revealed that Sting is one of his favorite bass guitar players because he can perform both his bass parts and the vocals harmoniously.
Rick Savage is one of the two original Def Leppard members, along with the band’s lead singer Joe Elliott. Besides that, the bassist has played on every band album since its launch. Savage’s latest work with Leppard, ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ arrived on May 27, 2022. The talented bassist has been touring with his band for the Stadium Tour, which will conclude on September 9.
Savage has been essential to Def Leppard’s sound during his long-term service to the band. In a new interview, the bassist explained that his role in the band is quite significant since the bass player performs as the bridge between the rhythm and the melody. Thus, he needs to keep an eye on all the aspects of the band during the live performances, or else everything can fall apart. Then, the bassist said that, luckily, this has never been a problem in Def Leppard.
However, he has observed that musicians concentrate only on their own instruments in many other bands. The guitar players focus on the guitar parts, while the singers are interested in performing the vocals and melodies. According to Rick Savage, an artist should be more versatile and shouldn’t only stick to their duties. That’s why Sting is one of his favorite bass guitar players. The bassist likes Sting’s style since he can sing and play the bass harmoniously.
Rick Savage’s words on Sting:
“Certainly not in our band, but I do get the impression that in a lot of groups, the guitar players are mainly focused on guitars and don’t really venture beyond that because… well, they’re guitar players and all about playing guitar! Singers can be very much the same way: They front the band and mainly focus on lyrics and melodies. And actually, some of my favorite bass players are the ones who sing, like Sting, who totally gets it. His bass parts will be in sympathy with his vocal lines because he’s the one doing both. I love that – it’s always about the song.”
Leppard’s long-term bassist thinks that Sting totally understands how music works. He takes more responsibility by controlling the other parts of the performance besides his vocal duties. In that way, he can deliver more consistent performances and ensure they create a harmonious sound.