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Def Lep were too tired to party in Hysteria era

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott says the band avoided the rock’n’roll lifestyle during their Hysteria world tour – because their show left them too tired to party.

And he doesn’t care if that means he’s a boring person.

The band were at the height of their fame following the release of blockbuster album Hysteria in 1987. But they decided to focus on the challenge of getting their performance right, rather than allowing themselves to indulge in distractions.

Elliott tells Maxim: “It was such an exhausting two-and-a-half hour show, we just wanted to go to bed.

“We knew it was going to be hard work to match an album like Hysteria live, because there were so many overdubs. It’s like Queen learning to play Bohemian Rhapsody live, without using tapes in the middle bit. So we were really focused on what we did.”

He adds: “All the other stuff was pretend, really. Everybody said, ‘What do we really want out of this? Do we want to be one of these idiot Sunset Boulevard bands, or do we want to coat-tail off the back of the Who, the Stones, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, the Kinks and Queen?”

Elliott says of the Def Lep’s earlier wild days: “‘Hey do you wanna dance?’ ‘No, fuck off!’ is what happens before you’re in the band. Then when you’re in a band and you meet a girl at the bar, they go, ‘Okay, let’s go to bed.’ I mean, it made life a lot easier.

“But it wasn’t the focus. It wasn’t the girls, the drugs or the booze – it was the music. And 35 years into it, it still is.

“If I don’t drink, I don’t care. I don’t do drugs. I’m married. I don’t do groupies. It’s the music. I know I’m fucking boring, but I’m real. I’m human.”

Def Lep will release their self-titled 11th album via a Classic Rock fanpack on October 30. They tour the UK with Whitesnake and Black Star Riders in December, then return to the US in 2016.

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Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.