Def Leppard Frontman Back Saluting Glam Rock Heroes
Friday, May 30, 2014
Def Leppard Frontman Back Saluting Glam Rock Heroes
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott’s side band Down 'n’ Outz has just premiered its latest video for "Rock N’ Roll Queen." The tune, which is a cover of Mott The Hoople’s "Rock N’ Roll Queen 1969," is indicative of the group’s music, which salutes Elliot’s childhood heroes Mott The Hoople with their material largely culled from songs by the band's spin offs -- Mott, Ian Hunter, and British Lions. Down 'n' Outz’ second album, The Further Adventures Of. . . is expected before the end of the year.
Although Def Leppard was originally deemed the softer side of heavy metal, Joe Elliott explained that it was the pop elements of early-'70s glam rock that influenced the band most: "I was 11-years-old when (T.Rex's) 'Get It On' -- or 'Bang A Gong' as it was rechristened in America -- became the biggest hit of that decade, so far. It was massive for my generation. It was Wizard, it was Slade, it was Sweet, it was T. Rex, it was (David) Bowie, it was Roxy Music, it was Mott The Hoople after 'All The Young Dudes.' It was essentially three-minute rock n' roll songs. Very short solos, very cleverly arranged, it was the opposite to Black Sabbath, it was the opposite to Led Zeppelin." 
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