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Def Leppard 1987. Joe Elliott Phoenix, AZ 1987

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has talked about the recording of the Hysteria album 30 years on in a new interview.

Joe spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the iconic album for its 30th anniversary.

He talks about his thoughts on the album today, following up Pyromania, vocal sound, production, Holland, Rocket, Animal, PSSOM and the album being iconic.

Read a few quotes below and follow the link to Rolling Stone to view the entire interview.

Visit the Album News section. For more news on new music (based on band member quotes) dating back to January 2011.

Def Leppard 1987.

Rolling Stone - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes


"We wrote "Animal in the spring of '84, just before we moved to Dublin. If you watch the Classic Albums show, you can hear the original backing track. The original riff was this weird thing, but it was the same melody for the vocal, which I'd recorded in Paris. It was the vocal being as good as it was that prompted Mutt to say, "It's better than the song. It deserves a better song."

Iconic Album

"I think it's the most iconic thing we'll ever do, because it's got a life of its own. I could stand here 'til I'm blue in the face and pretend to be, "Oh, I think our new album is much better." I can try and justify everything we've done since. But I'm not an idiot. I know that it's always gonna be the thing that people judge us by. Everything we ever do, post-Hysteria is judged against Hysteria, which proves how good the record is."

View a Hysteria 30th Anniversary Making Of Special which is also a preview of a new version of this website.

The 'Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition' is released today around the world.

Hysteria 2017.

Buy 'Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition' Online

  • Amazon - (5CD/2DVD Super Deluxe Edition)
  • Amazon - (2CD Deluxe Edition)
  • Amazon - (1CD Edition)
  • Amazon - (2LP Vinyl-Black)

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