In a new Interview with BraveWorld, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen discussed how AC/DC inspired their first two influences.
Here’s what he said:
“The first two Leppard albums were Leppard, definitely influenced by like AC/DC, but Pyromania was something different and more Def Leppard and unique. And Hysteria was even more unique.
You know, I get it, people want the Stones to be a blues band, but not really aside from a ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ or ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. So with that, you can do the odd song and make it aggressive. The Slang album was king of live and dark, and I thought represented us live too. But people didn’t like that album. You know, sometimes you can’t win.
And then you have the other people who want to hear just Hysteria, and we kind of get sick of that. So you have to really do what you want to as a band. Like Queen, Prince, always did their own thing once they got their own sound, and mixed it up. But yeah, I think we will be doing maybe the odd song or a hard rocker.”
“What has changed in your world after the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction? “
“Well, actually the wages have gone up, if you can believe it (laughs). Because as ridiculous as it seems, more people start to respect you more because it is what it is. You become more famous, we’ll go with that, (laughs). For myself, nothing has changed. I do my thing.”