It looks like Def Leppard fans will have to settle for “Photograph” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me,” because the British rockers won’t be offering up a preview of any of their new music on their upcoming summer tour. According to a report by Ultimate Classic Rock on Feb. 19, Def Leppard front man Joe Elliott said concertgoers will get plenty of classic Def Leppard during this summer’s shows with Styx and Tesla, but they won’t hear the band’s new music until it’s recorded – and he doesn’t mean recorded by a fan’s iPhone at a concert, by the way.
When asked if the band would play sneak peek versions of songs from their highly anticipated upcoming studio album during this summer’s tour, Elliott told VH1 Radio Network’s Dave Basner: “No, absolutely not. So we can have cheap, horrible versions on YouTube done on iPhones? No. No way.”
The 55-year-old rocker went on to explain that he comes from a generation that likes the idea of “impact.” “We want people to hear it for the first time when it’s ready and when it’s right,” he said. “Not some crap version off somebody’s iPhone where they get to hear the melody and the stuff, but it’s … just rubbish. And then they go, ‘Oh, I preferred that version to the one on the record.’ It’s like, ‘Really?’ No, we won’t be doing that.”
Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell mirrors Elliott’s views on cell phone recording, and has also gone on record as saying his band won’t play unreleased songs while on tour, either. In 2013, Cantrell told Spin he refuses to play unleaked music in concert because he knows it will get shared instantly, and he wants his fans to hear the new Alice in Chains music on the band’s time frame. “We’d rather wait until you get the best quality version of what we created before you start getting [expletive] iPhone versions from crappy gigs,” he said.
Illegal recording at concerts has become a major thorn in the side of today’s musicians. In fact, many old school rock bands have said they feel sorry for modern day musicians in today’s tech-savvy world. “There’s a whole different way of recording and everything else,” Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars told UCR last month. “And albums don’t really sell anymore. I feel bad for the younger bands. I guess they don’t really know what it feels like to have several million album sales. Instead, they’re selling a couple of hundred thousand.”
Def Leppard’s upcoming ninth studio LP is due out sometime in 2015. It will be the hard rock band’s first release since 2008’s “Songs From the Sparkle Lounge.”