Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott has been talking about his guilt at playing the hits. Classic Rock reports on an interview Elliott gave to KFAB-AM radio in Omaha, NE.
Elliott said: “People come to hear what they know. The only place people go psychologically prepared for an hour of brand-new music is an open mic night in some little bar.
“You don’t go to Madison Square Garden expecting to hear two hours of brand new Paul McCartney, Def Leppard, Roger Waters or The Who. You go to see Quadrophenia, something you’ve owned for 40 years. That’s what these gigs are.”
“There’s always a little thread on the website: ‘They never changed the set.’ But you change the set and 99% of the audience start to moan they didn’t hear the hits. You can’t cater to the minority. You just can’t. But occasionally you get these pangs of guilt where you do.”