According to The Pulse Of Radio, DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott has slammed a fan who criticized the band’s choice of songs to play live while Elliott was just getting over the death of his father. In an interview with Spinner, Elliott admitted that he wasn’t “at the top of my game” during his first few days back on the road after his father, who had supported the group since their early days, died last month. But Elliott also said that one fan’s email got under his skin, explaining, “The guy accused me of being a fraud because on the first four gigs we did after the break we did exactly the same set. I wasn’t going to say to the guy, ‘Well, you know, my father just passed away — let’s just keep it simple for the first week then we can get into the experiments.'” Elliott added, “He’s writing this as if every single person comes to every gig. But the only people who know what we did are the ones who go online and look at the set list. So he’s a fucking idiot — I don’t mind saying that and please print it. When someone like him says our song ‘Love Bites’is just a ‘beer break.’ I’m like, ‘Wow, you’re a moron. Don’t bother coming to any of our shows. We don’t want people like you.'”
Elliott explained that the band normally chooses its set list based on what tracks have been big hits in the area they’re touring. He said, “We have to play for the majority. If we don’t play ‘Photograph’ and ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, we won’t get out of the building alive. That pays our wages — not these idiots who sit in their mother’s basement eating Doritos and playing Dungeons And Dragons all day. I’m not interested in those kinds of people.”
DEF LEPPARD is back on the road in the U.S. through late September, with the band next performing on Friday (August 26) in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Out now is DEF LEPPARD‘s CD/DVD set, “Mirror Ball: Live And More”. The concert collection — which is the band’s first — was recorded during DEF LEPPARD‘s 2009 tour.