The successful vocalist of Def Leppard, Joe Elliot was the recent interview guest of the Montreal Gazette and Joe revealed the story of Def Leppard’s first show.
Joe also revealed the secret of how Def Leppard competes against new music genres that sprung up in the ’90s and early 2000s.
“When grunge was kicking us up the ass in the mid- to late-’90s, people were asking us, ‘Are you thinking of packing it in?’ It was like, ‘No!’ We were so thick-skinned and so experienced at taking the knocks and getting back up we were like a punch-drunk boxer – only we weren’t punch drunk.
We just knew if we kept coming up with some decent music that, along with our catalog, would keep us going. You have to remember, we still had one of the biggest albums of all time in our arsenal.
When grunge came along, it wasn’t like people who liked ’80s bands stopped liking ’80s bands. It was a lot of people who just didn’t like us that went over and got noisy about the likes of Nirvana and Pearl Jam. They may have quieted down our lot, but our fans came roaring back.”
He continued and revealed the story of their first show:
“I think there have been moments where I can look back and think we made an impression and that would have been late spring, early summer of 1983. During that period in Canada and America, we landed big with ‘Pyromania.’
“All of a sudden, we were in Canada for the first time ever playing places like London, Ontario. I remember we were playing one place and it was so hot in the arena that a cloud had formed in the roof of the building. But it was exciting.
“That year, 1983, was kind of a marquee period for the band, especially in America and Canada. But I still didn’t think of ourselves as ‘making it’ though because the world is such a big place. Everyone’s perception of ‘making it’ differs. When did Bob Dylan ‘make it’? It’s a subjective situation. For us, we never worried about that.”
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