Joe Elliott Defends Def Leppard’s Concerts: ‘We Don’t Use Tapes’


Def
Leppard

frontman

Joe
Elliott

has
defended
his
band
against
accusations
they
use
backing
tracks
during
their
concerts.

During
a
conversation
with

Stereogum
,
the
singer
addressed
rumors
that
Def
Leppard’s
performances
are
technologically
enhanced.

“I
don’t
normally
comment
on
this
kind
of
stuff,
but
a
friend
of
mine
just
sent
me
some
link
to
something
on
YouTube,
a
recent
posting
by,
forgive
me,
I
don’t
know
his
name,
Chuck
something
from
Testament,
I
think
it
is,
and
Chris
Holmes
accusing
us
of
using
backing
tracks,”
Elliott
explained.
“I
don’t
get
angry
at
this.
I’m
flattered
because
their
standards
must
be
very
different
to
ours.
For
anybody
that
thinks
we
use
backing
tracks,
it
must
mean
that
when
they
hear
us,
they
can’t
believe
how
good
it
is
for
real.”

‘We
Don’t
Use
Backing
Tracks.
We
Use
Effects.’

“We
don’t
use
backing
tracks.
We
use
effects,”
Elliott
explained.
“God,
who
wouldn’t?
When
there’s
four
people
singing,
we
use
effects.
There’s
no
tapes
of
backing
vocals.”

While
the
singer
was
adamant
that
Def
Leppard
doesn’t
use
any
recorded
vocals,
he
admitted
they
do
utilize
some
other
onstage
wizardry.


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“We
use
keyboards.
We
use
a
few
drum
loops
because,
in
fairness,
two-armed
drummers
use
drum
loops,
but

Rick
Allen
,
to
play
a
song
like ‘Rocket’,
it’s
a
cacophony
of
toms
that
one
arm
couldn’t
play.
So,
yeah,
we
use
a
triggered
loop,
which
is
part
of
his
drum
kit,
but
[U2
drummer]
Larry
Mullen’s
been
doing
that
for
years.
So
have
thousands
of
other
drummers
to
enhance
a
sound.
But
backing
tracks
or
playing
along
to
a
backing
track

we’ve
never
done
that,
never.
We’ve
never
mimed
to
the
vocals,
or
we’ve
never
had
multiples
of
stuff
on
tape.
It’s
literally
live.”

Elliott
said
he’d
be
“happy
to
invite”
any
of
Def
Leppard’s
doubters
to
“come
stand
side
stage
with
a
pair
of
headphones
on
so
they
could
actually
hear
what’s
coming
out
of
the
stage.”


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“If
we’re
running
at
about
90%
[live],
it’s
more
than
most
people’s
100%.
Because
we
do
play
and
sing,
it
does
take
a
toll.
You
can,
say,
play
Denver,
where
it’s
a
mile
above
sea
level,
and
if
you’ve
got
a
gig
the
next
day,
your
voice
is
going
to
be
pretty
shot.
We
have
to
get
to
a
level
where
if
it’s
a
little
under
last
night,
it’s
still
acceptable
to
the
audience
because
of
the
adrenaline
and
the
fact
that
it
is
live
and
you
can
hear
maybe
a
bit
of
hoarseness
or
somebody’s
fingers
slip
because
it’s
so
cold,
they
can’t
keep
their
fingers
on
the
strings.
Things
like
that
happens
to
every
single
band,
and
that’s
what
brings
the
humanity
to
it.
But
we’re
very
proud
of
the
fact
that
we
play
live,
and
we
sing
live,
and
we
don’t
use
tapes.”

Def
Leppard
Albums
Ranked

From
their
metal-edged
debut
to
their
pop
breakthrough
to
the
recent
records,
we
rank
every
single
LP.

Gallery
Credit:

Nick
DeRiso

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