Band Talks 'Rock of Ages' Film and Summer Tour
Performed in front of a full house of fans and invited guests, the show is effectively promoting three of the band's projects - newly recorded versions of "Rock of Ages" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me," a "Rock of Ages" tour with Poison and Lita Ford that starts June 20, and the film "Rock of Ages," which features three Def Leppard songs and opens June 15.
In front of a crowd of die-hard fans, many of them in well-worn concert T-shirts from the '80s and '90s, Elliott kicked off the band's performance of "Hysteria" by letting everyone know Def Leppard's celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. After the performance, which started with "Rock of Ages," closed with 1981's "Let it Go" and also included "Bringin' on the Heartache," the band participated win a Q&A, addressing questions about their tour set list and their involvement in the "Rock of Ages" film.
"About eight years ago, it was first brought to our attention," lead singer Joe Elliott said of the musical version of "Rock of Ages," which debuted in Los Angeles before heading to Broadway. "And we'd been asked seven or eight times before that. We always said no because we were always looking for the right [project]. The others never took off. This took off. When they said they were doing a film, they said, 'Please can we use it,' and we said 'OK.'"
Def Leppard has three songs in the film, one reason why they chose to re-record two of their hits. "Rock of Ages" is not on the soundtrack WaterTower Music is releasing; Tom Cruise's performance of "Pour Some Sugar on Me" is.
Def Leppard will perform a half-hour set at the film's premiere in Hollywood Friday. Poison is also scheduled to perform. For the tour, they'll be rehearsing 30 sings; guitarist Phil Collen said "Wasted" is "in the pile" but the bulk of the show is comprised of material from "Pyromania" and later albums.