DEF LEPPARD Frontman JOE ELLIOTT On Hysteria - “I’m Not Musically Comparing It To Hotel California Or Rumours, But, To Our Audience, It’s That Kind Of Record That Has Lasted The Test Of Time”
August 10, 2017, a year ago
In a new interview with Forbes’ Steve Baltin, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott talks about the new edition of Hysteria, revisiting the album after three decades, why it’s endured as long as it has and why he doesn’t offer advice to other artists after four decades in rock.
Asked if he feels more attached to Hysteria because it was just so hard to make it, Joe reponds: “It just took a long time to make it, so it was drilled into our DNA. I made a couple of albums for my side band, the Down N Outz, recorded these albums and finished them all in four or five weeks. I don’t remember making parts of those records because it just flew by. It was painless, it was easy, it was a joyous occasion in the studio and out of the studio and you just go, “I don’t even remember singing that one.” But Hysteria we were on it every day for two years, longer even. So it becomes way more engrained in your DNA than say even Pyromania.
“The first album took three weeks, High N Dry took about three months, Pyromania took about nine, Hysteria took two and a half years. Adrenalize probably took two. Those records, because you are on them day in, day out, stick with you, they give you more stories, they give you more things to talk about. If somebody said to me we’re gonna spend half an hour talking about High N Dry I would run out of things to say because I don’t remember. With Hysteria it’s all those things because of the time factor involved in recording it and because of what it became. I’m not musically comparing it to Hotel California (The Eagles) or Rumours (Fleetwood Mac), but, to our audience, it’s that kind of record that has lasted the test of time.”
Read the full interview at Forbes.com.
Def Leppard celebrate the 30th anniversary of their seminal album, Hysteria, one of the best-selling and most influential releases in music history, with the release of Hysteria (Remastered 2017). Available now, the remastered anniversary edition is offered in various formats via Bludgeon Riffola / Mercury / UMe.
Essential listening for fans across the board, Hysteria indisputably ranks as one of the most decorated and revered rock albums of all time. As the group's second consecutive RIAA Diamond-certified record (10 million sales in the US), it would go on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide and 12 million in the US. Moreover, the record staked a spot in the US Top 40 for 96 weeks matched only by Born In The U.S.A. Dominating multiple charts, it captured No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and U.K. album charts, bolstered by immortal Top-5 anthems such as "Pour Some Sugar On Me”, "Animal”, "Love Bites”, "Hysteria”. "Rocket" and "Armageddon It”.
Hysteria left an indelible mark on rock 'n' roll. Powered by stadium-filling drums, rapturous guitars, and unshakable choruses, the record saw Def Leppard rightfully claim their place among rock's divinities forever. As a result, its influence now reverberates through three generations of artists to follow. It also historically marked their third straight collaboration with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange.
The reissue is available in multiple formats: the 1-CD "Vanilla" version, a 3-CD Deluxe version, a 2-LP set on black vinyl, a 2-LP "Direct to Consumer" version on limited-edition colored vinyl and a massive, 5-CD/2-DVD Super Deluxe Edition.
The Deluxe edition includes a slew of additional rare tracks, including B-sides, radio edits, extended versions, alternate mixes and a BBC Radio "Classic Albums" documentary on Hysteria.
The Super Deluxe Edition also includes four books (Story Of, a Ross Halfin photo book, vintage tour program and poster). The two additional CDs include an audio version of the band's 1989 concert film, Live: In The Round, In Your Face, recorded during the US Hysteria tour. The two DVDs feature a series of promotional videos and live performance clips, along with the "Classic Albums" doc.
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