Joe Elliott Says The Stadium Tour’s Delay Is An Advantage For Def Leppard

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott recently joined Heavy Consequence for an interview and talked about the band’s upcoming Stadium Tour. According to the singer, rescheduling the tour was an excellent opportunity for the band.

On December 4, 2019, Def Leppard announced that they would be touring along with Poison, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, and Mötley Crüe on The Stadium Tour in the summer of 2020. However, due to the ongoing global pandemic and public gatherings restrictions, the tour was later scheduled for 2021.

Although fans were eager to see the shows after the extended lockdown, the bands announced that the tour was postponed to 2022. With the emergence of the Omicron variant, fans got anxious again about another possible postponement. However, Def Leppard’s Rick Allen comforted their fans by revealing that there’s no reason for them not to move forward at this point.

In a recent interview with Heavy Consequence, Joe Elliott revealed that this two-year break was advantageous for Def Leppard. He stated that they can now play some new music material they would not be able to play in 2020. Elliott then said that although it’s not clever to include new songs in a stadium tour, they will introduce them during the shows.

Moreover, the frontman added that the world has been in a terrible situation during these two years where thousands of people died and got sick in all the countries. Since they had no other chance, Def Leppard adapted themselves to the circumstances by staying safe and remote and not wasting their time as they worked on new music.

During the conversation, Joe Elliott said the following:

“The advantage as well, now in 2022, over last year, or the year before, is that we can play some new music which we wouldn’t have been able to do in 2020. It would have been fine because that’s what the tour was set out to be, not a greatest hits tour but a trip down memory lane, your legacy, your back catalog, all the songs that people want to hear in the Stadium.

It’s not the environment. If you want to play 12 new songs, you need to be in an open mic night in a basement somewhere. It’s not really what McCartney, the Stones, or anybody with a brain would do in a stadium, but we can introduce some of the new songs into this tour which we couldn’t have done before.

So, in that respect, it’s been an advantage for us that this tour got delayed for two years. Obviously, under the backdrop of a terrible situation for the world, people dying all over the place and getting sick, all we could do was write it out. The best thing we could do was to stay as safe as possible, stay as remote as possible, and not waste our time.”

You can watch the rest of the interview below.