DEF LEPPARD Frontman: 'We Were Always A Lot More Pop Than Heavy Metal'

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott recently spoke to Billboard.com about the band's upcoming covers album, "Yeah!", due in stores May 23.

"We wanted to put it out, tour it and make it a legitimate record rather than just some throwaway thing," Elliott said. "And we were kind of happy with the way it turned out. Essentially a covers album is supposed to be about fun. It's revisiting your youth and showing the world where your true roots are. It shouldn't be a labor of love."

DEF LEPPARD have tapped JOURNEY as the opener for a 34-date coast-to-coast run that begins June 23 in Camden, N.J. After hitting the road in 2005 with BRYAN ADAMS, this is the second year in a row Elliott and company have teamed up with an established act that may be outside of its perceived genre. But Elliott doesn't see it that way.

"To me, we were always a lot more pop than heavy metal," Elliott says. "It's been extremely hard to get that point across to people. So the thing is, we could work both ways. We could tour with JOURNEY or BRYAN ADAMS and we could tour with the SCORPIONS too."

Read more at Billboard.com.

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