Def Leppard’s well-known frontman, Joe Elliott had a recent interview with SiriusXM Entertainment, and he has explained the scoop on the band’s never-before-heard release of a 1980 live show in London.
Here is what Joe Elliott said to Eddie Trunk:
“We thought about this about a year and half ago, and there’s going to be a celebratory release. I don’t know how much of this ı can say right now. I might be breaking protocol.”
“Don’t worry nobody’s listening.”
“But I will say this much. There’s a companion piece to “On Through the Night,” there is a brand new, just mixed live performance from the Oxford theater in 1980.”
Eddie Trunk asked:
“From That tour?”
“From that tour. Which has never been heard ever. And it’s warts and all it is what it is. It’s us live in 1980 – we were discussing off-mic weren’t we, about lip-syncing or over-dubbing.”
Eddie Trunk said:
“Oh, we will touch on that.”
“You can’t have it, you can’t expect a 59-year-old me to go in and clean up a 20-year-old vocal. You know what i mean? So, it is what it is. But i tell you this much, the band, as I said in the liner notes when you peer through the curtain of uncertainty that my voicer was back in those days, there is a fantastic band on stage.
And the two-arm Rick Allen with Sav “Rick Savage” was some rhythm section to come considering he was 16 years old and Sav was 17, I think, maybe 18. And Peyton and Steve were 17 and 18 years old. It was some band.”
You can watch this part of the interview below.
— SiriusXM (@SIRIUSXM) October 16, 2019