Joe Elliott Recalls Sharing A Def Leppard Secret With Robert Plant
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliot recently joined the Independent for an interview and remembered when he revealed a secret about Def Leppard to Robert Plant.
In 2007, Robert Plant released his collaborative effort with Alison Krauss, titled ‘Raising Sand.’ The album became a huge hit that won six Grammy awards following its release. Moreover, ‘Raising Sand’ became a fans-favorite, and they looked forward to hearing more from the pair in the future.
Although Plant and Krauss didn’t release any new material for years, they announced a new record titled ‘Raise The Roof’ in 2021. The album was released on November 19, 2021, marking the musicians’ first collab after 14 years. Besides, it also was well-received by the fans like its predecessor.
Recently, Def Leppard announced their new album titled ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ featuring collaborations with Alison Krauss. The album is set to release on May 27, and it will feature vocals from Krauss on the songs ‘Lifeless’ and ‘This Guitar.’ Speaking to Independent, Elliott recalled how they ended up working with Krauss.
Joe Elliott stated that he told Robert Plant as a secret that Def Leppard had been working on a new album, and Plant told them he had to tell Krauss because she is a fan of the band. Moreover, Elliott said they are the favorite band of many country artists due to their country-like backing vocals. The singer then stated they sent Krauss ‘Lifeless’ and ‘This Guitar,’ and she worked on them both because she couldn’t decide which one she liked most.
Speaking to Independent, Joe Elliott said the following:
“In 2020, Wolves were playing Sheffield United, and we had the banter. He said, ‘What are you up to, kid?’ And I said, ‘Don’t tell anyone, but we’re making a new album.’ And he said, ‘Oh, I have to tell Alison because you’re her favorite band.’ We’d known she liked us because she’d interviewed us for Q magazine.
We’ve become an accidental favorite of many country artists because our backing vocals were often arranged in a country-like harmonic way. After all, Mutt Lange was a huge country fan, and he’d say, ‘Change that major to a minor,’ and we would, and it would take the song away from that standard rock thing.”
He then continued:
“We sent her ‘Lifeless’ and ‘This Guitar’ and said, ‘Pick whichever one you fancy because these are the two songs most appropriate for you,’ and she texted me back within an hour, going, ‘OMG, I can’t pick one. I love them both.’ And without asking the guys, I said, ‘Why don’t you do them both?‘ And she did.”
In another interview, Phil Collen also revealed his thoughts on their collaboration with Krauss. He stated that it was a natural thing as Krauss was a big fan of theirs. Moreover, according to Collen, this collaboration became possible after a competition between Plant and Elliott.