Joe Elliott Says Def Leppard Never Wanted To Be A Part Of Any Movement


Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott recently spoke to Rolling Stone and stated that Def Leppard never wanted to belong to any movement as they always wanted to stand alone.

This summer, Def Leppard will finally hit the road for their long-awaited ‘Stadium Tour,‘ which will also feature Mötley Crüe, Poison, and Joan Jett. The tour had to be delayed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to begin on June 16, 2022, in  Atlanta and finish on September 9, 2022, in Las Vegas. There can still be some new concert dates to be added to the planned schedule.

With the explosion of various musical genres, it has become common thing to classify every band with its specific genre. Def Leppard began their journey as a heavy metal band but then shifted their sound towards the hard rock and even to glam and arena rock later on. Hair metal music was trendy in Def Leppard’s era, during the 1980s. Thus, some also defined them as a hair metal band, although they have different roots.

During his interview, Joe Elliott reflected on the controversial issue and stated that he understands their outlook evokes the image of a hair metal band in people’s minds. Still, they stayed away from it with what they did over the years. Elliott implied that there will always be new emerging genres, but when these movements die at some point, every other thing within them is also doomed to die. Thus, Def Leppard always refused to participate in any movement and chose to stand alone. That’s the path they want to take, not to lose their integrity.

Here is how Joe Elliott expressed the band’s views on not belonging to any movement:

“I’ve given people plenty of opportunities to see beyond that label. And I don’t have a problem with bands being that if that’s what they want to be. I have a problem with people that can’t see beyond the fact that although the Sunset Strip was alight in 1985, 1986, 1987, we were in f*ckin’ Windmill Lane and Holland making ‘Hysteria.’ We were so far removed from all that stuff. I’m not saying we don’t f*ckin’ have hair, but f*ckin’ Paul Weller’s got hair!

So does Robert Plant, lots of hair! It doesn’t make them hair metal or hair pop. To me, it’s lazy journalism. It’s just lazy. We never wanted to be a part of any movement, whether it was the New Wave of British Heavy Metal or hair metal. Our theory was always if a movement dies, everything in it dies. We have to stand alone. There was the Beatles and the Merseybeat. Those were two different things. That’s how we try and stand.”

During the rest of the interview, the frontman explained that he is not angry about being called a hair metal band, but he thinks that it kind of limits their potential as they are more than just being a part of any movement. He hopes that people will figure out what he does mean soon.