Dupa ce si-a dat seama ca in 30 de ani nu a produs decat un singur album valabil, Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980-1995), Joe Elliott s-a trezit dintr-o data destept si a iesit la atac impotriva glam metalului american. Inainte de asta, s-a pus in genunchi in fata vedetei country Tim McGraw pentru a mai urca un loc in topuri (am auzit ca era gata sa-i faca si pedichiura lui Taylor Swift) si s-a facut prieten cu David Coverdale pentru a prezenta in fata catorva mii de oameni in plus ultimul efort fara substanta al trupei Def Leppard, Songs From The Sparkle Lounge, si a-i da nulitatii de Vivian Campbell sansa sa arunce din nou cu noroi in Whitesnake. Cred ca nici acum nu-si dau seama ca o piesa Whitesnake face cat zece piese Def Leppard. Stiam ca de-a lungul anilor au scos niste albume cam de cacat, insa nu stiam ca si oamenii care canta acolo sunt la fel. Din fericire, Joe Elliott a fost pus la punct mai intai de Bret Michaels, in conferinta de presa de la Sweden Rock Festival:
Well, I didn't hear the comment, but I can say this: all I do is I sit around and play music and do stuff. I know Def Leppard, for some reason, they get a kick out of wanting to knock every band. My thing in life is not about knocking any music. I mean, obviously, I'm saying this for Poison, we have not sold out, and continuously, for 20 years every arena because we care about just our appearance. The music comes first. You've gotta like 'Talk Dirty to Me' and 'Nothing but a Good Time'. And if I'm gonna go out on stage and put on a good show and play. First of all, that band shouldn't be knocking anyone about their music since they just did a show called 'Dancing with the Stars' in the U.S. and they got crucified because they fucking lip-synched the entire show, so before they bust anyone's balls, I've never lip-synched a fucking thing in my life — ever! That's what makes it so funny for me, because why would you wanna bust anyone's balls? It's all of us trying to make music and do it together, and I think if you crucify somebody, it's like the pot calling the kettle black. But I have nothing against them — I like their music, and I'm sorry they feel that way. I don't wanna put Hanoi Rocks down — I know a couple of their songs, and they're really good music — but I think Poison, when you see tonight when we play, there's nothing… You walk around our stage — there's nothing behind. Everyone's out there singing and playing. For better or for worse, it's all real.
Si mai apoi de Rikki Rockett, pe pagina sa de MySpace:
I know, it's kinda old news at this point, but I must say a few words about Joe Elliot (Def Leppard) talkin' some smack about Poison and Motley. Mainly because he is continuing to talk smack in other interviews as well.
Some of Joe's commets >They (Motley Crue and Poison) didn't have any substance musically, I don't think, in comparison to us, so we didn't feel we needed to do it. Bands that do that are doing it to cover up the fact that there is no substance in their music.< ( More can be found at: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/blabbermouth.net/news.aspx?mode=Article&newsitemID=100855 )
Now, I'm sure Motley can defend themselves, so I'll leave that alone and Bret did cover it rather well. However, I was talkin' with some friends last night and we were shaking our heads wondering when Joe became a rock historian. Well, Joe, when did ya? Do you think saying bad things about another band makes people like your band more? Oh, no. Can't be it. Let me guess, "You were JUST being honest." Look, I have always enjoyed Def Leppard. But, as of late that pre-programmed, Mutt Lang live record you guys are doing out there on tour is anything but "substance". JUST being honest.
Joe! I'd be hurt if this were coming from John Lennon. Listen up, you are not quite that important there fella! Ya know, just like you I put my pants on one leg at a time, but when I put mine on Joe, they are cooler than yours! But, does it really matter? So it takes about 1 minute and 45 seconds to put on eyeliner. I suppose during that same time you were writing the next "Imagine". In the words of the great Aerosmith, "Get a grip!" Oh, and by the way, just to add to your royal information pool of rock history, Sir Joe, in the 70's it was "Glitter Rock", in the 80's it was Glam Rock.