Joe Elliott Reflects On Tobias Forge Admitting He Was Inspired By Def Leppard

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During his latest interview with Louder Sound, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott shared his thoughts about Ghost’s last album. Also, the singer highlighted that the band’s lead vocalist Tobias Forge was brave enough to name one of his biggest influences as Def Leppard.

Following 2018’s ‘Prequelle,’ Ghost released their fifth studio album entitled ‘Impera’ on March 11, 2022. It received positive reviews from the band’s longtime dedicated fans and music critics worldwide. Forge’s Papa Emeritus IV persona has been drawing attention like his other previous ones for a very long time. The frontman was inspired by Timothy Parsons’ ‘The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall.’

Along with the theme and lyrics, the band had a great muse while working on the sounds and recording process, and Forge revealed it in one of the previous interviews that he joined. The Ghost singer stated that Def Leppard’s third and fourth studio albums, ‘Pyromania’ and ‘Hysteria,’ were the most significant influences for ‘Impera.’

Elliott talked about the Ghost album, saying that he has been listening to it for a while, becoming one of his newest favorites. He resembled the introduction section of ‘Imperium’ to Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ and Thin Lizzy’s guitar sounds. According to the musician, after their famous hit records, many bands tried to copy their extraordinary style, and none of them didn’t have any courage to admit Def Leppard’s effect on them, unlike Forge.

When asked about ‘Impera,’ Elliott responded:

It’s been my go-to album for the last couple of weeks. I’ve got it downloaded onto my Apple Watch so I can march away and listen to it. I’ve only got a few albums on there, and Ghost is one of them. I like the fact that they’ve got a big intro for the album. It reminds me of the beginning of ‘Master Of Puppets,’ weirdly. It starts off with these flamenco-like guitars, then it gets all heavy and dueling, like Thin Lizzy. It’s done as a walk-on for the gigs.”

He added:

“Back in the 80s, when ‘Hysteria’ came out, everybody heard it and went, ‘We’ve got to make an album that sounds like Def Leppard.’ They’d mix their albums to try and copy it, but nobody admitted it. I like the fact that he admits to liking us. He’s not worried about losing cred with his fans by name-checking Def Leppard.”

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