Joe Elliott Names The Album That Became A Quantum Leap For The Eagles


Def Leppard lead singer Joe Elliott recently sat down with Goldmine for an exclusive interview, in which he named the Eagles’ album that brought the band their breakthrough moment.

After seven years of break, Def Leppard returned to the music scene with their twelfth studio album, ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ released on May 27, 2022. The album featured fifteen original songs and stood out with its nostalgic sound influenced by glam rock and psychedelic sound. The famous bluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss made a guest appearance on the album by performing in two songs.

In a recent conversation, the interviewer asked Joe Elliott about Leppard’s latest album, saying it reminded him of the sound of the band’s first two albums. The singer approved his point by referring to two songs created by the band’s bassist Rick Savage. He thinks these two songs were old-school Leppard tracks. Another song from the record, ‘All We Need,’ is also linked with the band’s earlier albums, but the rest is a quantum leap for the rocker.

He has been comparing ‘Diamond Star Halos’ with Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California‘ in terms of their groundbreaking effect on their career. According to Elliott, those two albums served as the quantum leaps for Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles. Although he also finds their earlier records valuable and significant, he doesn’t think they had such a huge impact on the bands’ careers as ‘Rumours’ and ‘Hotel California.’

Joe Elliott’s words on their latest record and the Eagles’ groundbreaking album:

“Yeah, I think the Sav songs. Sav bookends this album. He had the last track, ‘From Here to Eternity’ — that is entirely Sav, and ‘Take What You Want’ was Sav musically, and I did all the lyrics and melodies and stuff. Those two definitely go a little old-school Leppard if you like or just old-school period. And I think the song ‘All We Need,’ which is smack bang in the middle of the album, is about the only thing that sounds like it could have sat on the ‘Hysteria’ album.

It’s kind of like a hybrid of ‘Animal’ and ‘Hysteria’ itself, but the rest of the stuff, there’s a quantum leap, that I’ve been doing the comparison with ‘Rumours’ and ‘Hotel California.’ They were quantum leaps for Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles, retrospectively. There was nothing wrong with what came before.

I mean, I think the album before ‘Hotel California’ was ‘Their Greatest Hits,’ one of the biggest selling albums of all time. And then they came out with ‘Hotel California,’ and it’s like, ‘Wow!’ And there was nothing wrong with the Jeremy Spencer/Peter Green era of Fleetwood Mac. But then you’ve got the booking of Mick’s thing and one album and then all of a sudden ‘Rumours’ — Boom! It’s a quantum leap.”

You can listen to the Eagles’ ‘Hotel California’ and Def Leppard’s latest album below.