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Joe Elliott Talks About Style Of New Studio Songs

Sunday, 2nd November 2014

Joe Elliott Sheffield 2008.
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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was recently interviewed by Billboard and gave an update on the style of new songs from the upcoming 2015 studio album.

Joe talked about playing live without Vivian, his health and the songs to be included on the next album which is still scheduled to be released by Spring 2015 followed by a world tour.

Joe also said Vivian may be out of hospital in a few weeks where is being treated for Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

Phil stated a few days ago he thought new music should be more raw sounding.

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

Billboard - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

"We only set out to write three or four songs in February and we ended up with 12. I'm still trying to figure out how and why. I think one of the whys is we haven't really written since 2007, 2008, so we're backed up, which is great to have that huge backlog of new ideas sitting around. And I think psychologically the fact that we aren't signed to a label, there was no, 'Oh, they're gonna want a ballad. They're gonna want a hit single. They're gonna want this or that,' the usual thing I suppose every artist in the world goes through. We didn't have to think like that. This time we just wrote for ourselves, and all of a sudden we were just spewing out all this stuff. There was just a little more freedom to the way we've written these songs and the way we've approached recording them."

"Because of that, Elliott adds, "There's nothing like what you'd really expect. Some of the faster stuff you can say, 'Oh, I can hear Leppard. But there's none of those kind of 80s ballads, let's call them. There's a couple of slow things but nothing like we've done in the past. It's a lot more basic and raw. It's not a complicated record. It's just 10, 12, 15 songs that are pretty much straight to the point."