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Joe Elliott Universal Records/Classic Rock Interview

Wednesday, 9th January 2013

Classic Rock 2013.
Classic Rock No. 180

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has been interviewed for the latest edition of Classic Rock magazine and comments on the label dispute.

During the interview Joe talked about the ongoing dispute with Universal records over the rights to their back catalogue and digital sale royalties. A dispute which led to the re-recording of PSSOM/ROA in 2012.

The dispute has been going on for years but heated up after the failed deal (mentioned below) in early 2010.

The full interview is in the new edition of the magazine on sale now as part of their 2013 preview section.

Classic Rock - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

"We're trying to wrestle back our career and ownership of these songs," said Elliott in an interview in the latest issue of Classic Rock. "They [Universal] own the originals, we're at loggerheads with them over the digital rights. And as long as they're playing silly buggers we'll just keep recording them again."

"The singer continued: "Until we can come to some kind of humane conclusion to this ridiculous stand-off, we're going to say: 'Fuck you!' We were offered a great deal two years ago and shook hands on it. And then some other twat at the label put a stop to it. It's our life and our music and we're not going to let them exploit us to the extent that they're trying to."

"Elliott said Universal wouldn't be the major player it is today without the help of Leppard's multi-million-selling releases.

"Between us and Bon Jovi we fucking built that company," he insisted. "We built their penthouse sushi bar, wherever it may be, and they just treated us like shit. We can either roll over like little dandelions or we can stand up and punch them in the bollocks. And that's exactly what we're doing."

Read the the full interview at -

Def Leppard - Interviews 2013