Def Leppard Vocalist Joe Elliot Hints Band Could Collaborate With Ghost: ‘We’re Not Afraid To Collaborate With Anyone’ |


Def Leppard singer Joe Elliot has said a Def Leppard-Ghost collaboration could be possible, after Ghost frontman Tobias Forge revealed he tried to emulate the British band’s songwriting on Impera.

“I saw he said he thought we were great,” Elliot said metal hammer asked about Forge’s comments. “He said he was inspired by the way we constructed the songs – he’s not just wearing the T-shirt. It’s correct.

Elliot said that while Ghost has yet to contact Def Leppard about a collaboration at this point, he’s definitely open to it.

“We have Alison Krauss on our new album, we did stuff with Taylor Swift 10 years ago. We are not afraid to collaborate with anyone,” he said.

He also mentioned that Ghost’s Impera had been on his “go-to” list for the past few weeks, noting that he could feel the similarities to Def Leppard “in attitude”, if not musically. “In the 80s, when Hysteria came out, everyone heard it and was like, “Fuck, we gotta make an album that sounds like Def Leppard,” Elliott continued.

“They were mixing their albums to try to copy them, but no one admitted it. I love that he actually admits to loving us. He’s not afraid to lose credibility with his fans by checking out Def Leppard’s name.

Forge said metal hammer earlier this month that Def Leppard influenced his writing for Impera, saying, “I thought I would see if I could do it a little more like Def Leppard did. Every song starts with one thing, then there’s a verse, then there’s a pre-chorus that sounds like a chorus, then there’s another pre-chorus and another thing and finally, after about five different sections, comes the chorus, in a completely different key.

He also praised the legendary act, adding, “It’s such a riot! Every song! Same Pour sugar on me is quite cleverly written. I don’t say that as a surprise – I think they were great.


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