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Joe Elliott Working With Vocal Coach During His Recovery

Saturday, 12th March 2016

Sunrise, FL 2016.
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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has been interviewed by Milwaukee radio and talked about his recovery from vocal issues.

Joe talked about 1983 Union Jack shirts, his vocal issues and recovery, the rescheduled shows, how he keeps his voice in shape, the new Def Leppard album/its response, Dangerous, Man Enough, the 2016 tour, his favourite new bands, The Struts and REO Speedwagon/Tesla.

The interview was promoting the 8th July show in Milwaukee, WI.

Listen to the full 16 minute interview below.

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Joe And Borna/102.9 The Hog - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

Cough/Vocal Issues/Recovery

"I'm fine. I never actually fell ill. You know I wasn't ill. I just had an injury. That's what it was. It wasn't an illness per se. It was an injury. I was coughing over Christmas and New Year for like best part of a month and it just tore my throat to shreds. I mean I can walk and talk and jog and lift weights. And walk - if I had a dog, I could walk the dog you know. I can do all those kinds of things. I can do interviews. I can talk to you but as of mid to late January. I just couldn't sing. Again it was just - think of your favourite quarterback with a torn muscle. He's not gonna be able to play this weekend but he'll be OK in a month or two."

"And that's the way it is with me. So I've just been doing the usual things that singers do which is not over stretching it. And just doing exercises that I do with a vocal coach anyway. Just to kind of rebuild what got destroyed over Christmas. So I'm not envisaging any problems long term. But in the short term it was just one of those things like you know. Like I said a soccer player breaks his leg. He's out for a while but he'll be back and that's what it was."

"So we had to cancel some shows. Well, we didn't cancel we rescheduled the majority of the shows that got blown out and we moved them into May. So hopefully most people that bought tickets for those shows all over the States get to see us anyway."

Keeping His Voice In Shape

"We have a witch doctor that we take with us. He's awesome. No - you know it's the usual. It's like everything else. If you're an athlete and when you're touring every part of your body is pretty much a sports part. You know what I mean?. You've done all the inspiration and that lot in the studio. You wrote the songs. When it comes to taking them out on the road, I mean talk to Mick Jagger, it's all about the stamina. To get the songs across."

"So you know we look after ourselves. We've learnt that over the years and if we wanna keep doing what we did when we were in our 20s. Nightclubs till 6am is a no no. We let other people do that and tell us what it's like. What we do is we do the shows in front of 20,000 people and we tell them what it's like. It's just usual things. You warm up. You look after it. Every singer's got his own trick. Some people like honey and lemon. Other people say prayers. It's whatever - some of it's pyschosomatic but whatever works for you doesn't necessarily work for somebody else. But generally as long as you do some vocal stretching and exercises and warm yourself up. You know you can do it for as long as you want to."

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