Def Leppard lead vocalist Joe Elliott spoke to The Healing Power of Music and highlighted the importance of style in the music industry. In the interview, he also claimed that Paul Rodgers is a better singer than Mick Jagger.
As you may know, Joe Elliott, Phil Martini, Ronnie Garrity, Paul Guerin, Guy Griffin, and Keith Weir formed the band Down ‘n’ Outz back in 2009. In April 2011, they performed with Free and Bad Company lead vocalist Paul Rodgers, supporting him during his solo tour. The band and Rodgers’ harmony was appreciated by their fans during those performances.
Furthermore, in one of his previous statements, Elliott shared his thoughts about Rodgers and said it was a pleasure to perform with him. So, it appears Def Leppard’s frontman is such a huge fan of Rodgers that he claimed Rodgers is better than The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.
In a recent interview, Elliott claimed that style has always been more important than talent in the rock music industry. Therefore, according to him, Mick Jagger cannot be as good as Paul Rodgers even though many people regard Jagger as one of the best vocalists in the world.
In Elliott’s words, he said:
“The identity is more important than the accuracy. It’s a style and the style is so much more important than that.
I mean there is no better example than Mick Jagger. He’s fronted one of the biggest bands in the world for 50 years. He’s fantastic. I mean, that’s not a criticism. It’s an acceptance of the fact that he is a much better singer than anybody gives any credit for, but he’s not Paul Rodgers, Lou Graham, Brian Adams, or Steve Walsh.”
You can watch the rest of the interview below.