Def Leppard BAND REVIEWIronSabbathPriest Those of you who know me well will know that I dislike glam metal. However, there are two bands that I like/respect. The first one, is the David Lee Roth led version of Van Halen. The second is the band I'm about to talk about.
Now, I've been raised on an anti-Def Leppard family. My Dad hates them. When he was young, you apparently either hated Def Leppard or you hated Iron Maiden. And well, I must have got my Maiden loving personality from somewhere.
Of course, Def Leppard got a lot of hate a couple years back when they performed with Taylor Swift. And let me say this: the show sucked. Joe Elliot's voice isn't made for singing country, and vice versa.
So my Dad hates Def Leppard, I think we've established. But for some out of this word reason he doesn't mind Taylor Swift. I asked him why this was, and here was his response: "I like pop music, however I don't like poppy rock music". I can agree with that statement and disagree at the same time.
Let's get the negatives out of the way first, the band do use a lot of studio magic. I heard a rumour that for the making of Pyromania, the producer said to Rick Allen: "hit the bass drum, then hit the snare, then you can go". I guess the rest is all technology.
Ah yes, Rick Allen. It would be mean to pick on him, why would you? He's perfectly 'armless.
Sorry, I had to.
Anyway, due to the drummer's disability, there are no fancy drum solos in their music. In fact, for some live shows they even need a second drummer to help out. Which helps prove they're more of a studio band than a live band.
Also, I keep seeing these adverts from the 80s, saying that Def Leppard were part of the NWOBH. Where did you get that from? The band is not metal. Ask Joe Elliot, he says that if it were up to him, the band never would have been part of the movement. And he thinks they never should've been considered pioneers of the movement.
However, I do listen to Def Leppard occasionally because they are traditional hard rock. Same goes for Van Halen. They do have fun songs that are easy to listen to. And I might have seemed a bit negative in this post. However, truth be told, I don't hate Def Leppard. I don't hate Maiden either lol. But I do have respect for some of the band members. I have respect for Rick Allen for still having a go at the drums with just one arm.
And while I don't consider myself a fan of this band by any means, they're very influential, and overall, quite good. I think I'm just above neutral about them.
Great review. I can agree with this.
What if I told you I've seen them live and I'm going to see Van Halen in September? - LizardKing99
I'd say stick to the studio recordings.
Jk. - IronSabbathPriest
As a huge definitely Leppard fan, I have to weigh in. In my opinion, they are one of the greatest bands of all time. But my main reason for this comment is to point out that they are a much better live band than they're given credit for. I saw them just last year, and they were nothing short of great. Rick Allen, especially, was impressive, with his one-armed drum solo ( that was aided neither my technology nor by a second drummer). The only thing missing was great vocals from Joe Elliott, because honestly, he's a great musician but he has just lost the voice. Anyway, I didn't want to leave what could be construed as my own review, I just wanted to dispel the rumor of them being a horrible live band. PS they're concert with Taylor Swift sickened me - Shake_n_Bake13
I think what made the band great live was Steve Clark. No joke, I think he's essential. And while Viv is good, he can't compare. He was what made the band not be silly... Gods of War is just awesome. Whilst if you listen to Sparkle Lounge, it doesn't sound quite as tip top as it did in the 80s. - IronSabbathPriest
You know what, I think you're right. Adrenalize was their last great album, and that was with Steve Clarks writing credits and only Phil Collen on guitar. - Shake_n_Bake13
What does your dad hate about definitely Leppard? - visitor
Read the 4th paragraph. - IronSabbathPriest