Def Leppard's Joe Elliott slams social media

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 November 2015
Joe Elliott

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott thinks modern bands "lack" focus because they are more concerned with popularity on social media rather than making good music

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott thinks modern bands lack "focus" because of social media.

The 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' hitmaker thinks musicians nowadays spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, time which they could spend honing their songs, and he is "glad" the medium wasn't around when the hard rock band started out in 1977.

He said: "I'm glad it wasn't around when we started, purely because it gave us more opportunity to concentrate on what we really wanted to be. It wasn't, like, 'We can't rehearse today because we've got to answer all these questions.' I think that actually is one of the reasons there aren't so many bands coming through the way that we did - they have other tasks they have to perform that we didn't."

The 56-year-old frontman doesn't think he'd have been "as good" a singer if he'd spent his time at the start of his career responding to tweets rather than rehearsing with his bandmates.

He told Classic Rock magazine: "We learned to play our instruments, we learned to sing, we learned to write songs together, and that was our only focus. Once we got that down, and then if other stuff comes in, you can probably split your time and manage to do both.

"For me, I'm not sure I would have been as good if I was starting off the way it is now. It would have been too much of an interference."

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