Joe Elliott Reflects On Freddie Mercury And Roger Daltrey Singing Other People’s Lyrics


Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott recently joined the Heavy Consequence for an interview and expressed his thoughts on singing other people’s songs. The rocker named Freddie Mercury and Roger Daltrey as examples and said he’s okay with performing lyrics other than his own.

Apart from his career with Queen, Freddie Mercury also had a solo music career. His first solo effort was performing the lead vocals on Ronettes’ songs ‘I Can Hear Music’ and ‘Going Back.’ Moreover, Mercury contributed to soundtracks, released his version of ‘The Great Pretender’ by the Platters, and worked with artists like Michael Jackson and Billy Squier.

In addition to Mercury, the Who’s Roger Daltrey also collaborated with other artists, songwriters, and composers to work on songs featured in his solo records. His ‘McVicar’ album has lots of songs written by other songwriters, and the Who frontman didn’t hesitate to cover many hits from other musicians like ‘I Want It All’ by Queen.

Although Freddie Mercury and Roger Daltrey are considered significant songwriters of their era, they didn’t have a problem singing songs written by others, either by their bandmates or different artists. On Def Leppard’s latest album, ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ Joe Elliott sings a song written by Phil Collen, titled ‘Kick.’ According to the singer, he didn’t have an issue performing this song.

In the interview with Heavy Consequence, Joe Elliott said that he doesn’t care who writes the lyrics of the songs he will sing. He then named Roger Daltrey and Freddie Mercury as examples and said they readily accepted singing other people’s lyrics. Elliott then added that this has never been an issue for him, and he sings Collen’s lyrics all the time.

During the conversation, Joe Elliott said the following:

“The first time I heard ‘Kick,’ I thought that I couldn’t wait to have a go at this. I don’t give a sh*t about who writes the lyrics. When you have grown up watching Roger Daltrey or Freddie Mercury readily accept other people’s lyrics to sing, it’s never been an issue for me. I sing Phil Collen’s lyrics all the time since he first started writing with us. It’s the best idea that always wins.”

You can watch the rest of the interview and listen to ‘Kick’ below.