"It's a catchy name. We didn't want to call
ourselves anything too traditional. If we had called ourselves the
something-or-others we would have been just another group in the crowd."
"We didn't know when to stop. It was like painting. We got it to its
peak and then we thought, we've got more time, so we started throwing more paint
"You can practice and rehearse as a group forever. The only
way you can learn how to do it live is on stage. The only way you can learn to
be a performer is to actually perform."
"When we first entered the music
business, we didn't know very much about recording. Then, after working with
Mutt Lange, we thought we knew everything there was about the studio. But just
as we were getting cocky, along came video and we had whole new set of rules and
regulations to learn about - it was a totally alien form to us. After all, we
were just kids off the streets of Sheffield, what did we know about television
except how to turn one on?"
"We enjoyed an incredible response when we
did the video for 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak'. We did it a couple of months
after the album had been released and it perked up sales. We really enjoyed
making them - each video had a different theme and we did them all at one time
over the span of a couple of days. Our music stands up on its own, but the video
adds an extra element."
"We've learned that videos can play a big part
in helping a band become successful in America. We released the video for
Bringin' on the Heartache quite a while after the release of High 'n' Dry, yet
the response was unbelievable. MTV played it, and the record went back up the
charts. It was unbelievable. We realized then that videos were going to play a
big role with this band."
"I've had a lot of fans come up to me and say,
'I love the video song.' It's like it's a soundtrack recording or something.
We'll never forget that the music comes first. I sometimes find video a little
distasteful for that reason. People associate a band with their video images
rather than with the music they produce, that's a little scary."
still enjoy having my own idea about what a song means. I don't know if I'd have
liked having videos on TV when I was growing up. I always found my own mental
images to be very strong and appealing. I hope that we're not limiting the
imaginations of the fans out there."
"Our first single wasn't put out by
any big-name record company. We had been playing in clubs for a while and we
wanted to put out an EP. None of the record companies would have us. They told
us that our type of rock and roll wasn't happening. We decided to show 'em they
were wrong, so we recorded the stuff on our own and put it out on our own
private label, Bludgeon Riffola Records. When it started to sell a lot of
copies, the record companies 'suddenly' discovered us. It was strange, but we
"On the first record we had no experience whatsoever.
We went in and relied on energy. Without experience we got our ideas off of
other records, which is a mistake."
"We've developed a reputation as
pretty heavy drinkers. I don't know if that's really true. Sure, we enjoy
hoisting a few pints. But then, who doesn't? We're surely not a bunch of
alcoholics, though some guys in the papers would have you believe that we
couldn't go on stage unless we were really cocked. That's a load of rubbish.
When it comes to performing we're very professional, but after the show, we may
let our hair down a bit."
"It's an incredible feeling to stand on stage
and see so many people getting into your music. I can't imagine there being a
more satisfying feeling in the world. How many other professionals have instant
gratification like that? The crowds make us feel loved, make us feel wanted,
every night. We're so thankful to the fans who come out and cheer us on. They
are the show."
"When Phil turned up it was a great kick up the ass for
me ... It provided me with some really good competition. I had probably got into
a bit of a rut. When Phil joined it was a completely fresh attitude."
"We've always been a prolific band. Writing good songs has never been a
"When doing the mix, there's five different pairs of ears. We
all hear it differently. We said we'll be mixing this album for the next three
years if we don't let someone take charge. We let Mutt mix it."
Lange is a slave driver, but he is a genius."
"As far as we're
concerned, we all have opinions on different things, but just because you're in
a group and you can broadcast them doesn't mean your opinion is right."
"We use to catch hell in clubs from people who were into punk. They
wanted us to be just like them, but we wanted to rock."
"We just did
what we wanted to do. We never thought, 'Well, punk is fashionable, heavy metal
is dated - let's be fashionable, let's be a punk band!'"
noticed not because we dressed and acted so strangely, but because we didn't.
All the other bands at that time were concerned with dressing as outrageously as
possible and dying their hair ridiculous colors. We tended to look and act
rather conservatively. People remember us, as well as our music."
matter how well a band performs, if its songs are a pile of junk, the group
might as well not put the effort into it."
"I think Joe's a little harsh
on our early albums. I still like to listen to them occasionally, and we all
still get a kick out of playing Rock Brigade in concert."
Interviewer: Do you have a regular girlfriend?
Steve: "Mine's a model. (laughs) What a f*cking cliche'."
Interviewer: Actually, strippers seem to be the big fad this
Steve: "Well, I better train her to be a stripper
then." (Speaking during his time with Lorelei)
and friends all understand what we're going through. We try to have time for
everything and everyone, but sometimes that's just impossible. With our success
comes a lot of extra responsibility, and we have to be prepared to make
sacrifices for the band. Right now Def Leppard comes before anything else;
that's the way it has to be, whether we like it or not. We're all like brothers
in this band, and we owe each other the time and effort required to keep us on
"We did spend a great deal of time together while making this
album (Pyromania). We spent a month in Ireland during preproduction without
anyone or anything except our instruments and our amps. And believe me, a
situation like that can really test your friendship. It's even tougher than
being on the road where you have plenty of diversions to occupy your time. When
you're thrown together in close quarters with only each other to deal with, your
really find out what everyone's like. We came through that with flying colours,
and that cohesiveness carried over to the recording session as well."
"It was so new to us before, we used to all go rock & roll. Now
we're more into getting on with our lives individually, not hanging out every
moment. We all know what we like to do. If I want to go to the gym, I'll ring
Phil. If I want to go to a bar, I'll ring Sav."
"I don't think we'll
ever get too theatrical on stage. I can't see us using exotic props or fancy
stages. Of course, we want to put on the best show possible, but we want the
music to be the star of the show, not the stage set."
"We're actually a
pretty conventional bunch once we get back home. I dont think the attention
we've received because of our success has changed us that much. We're still the
same guys we were a few years back."