DEF LEPPARD Guitarist: 'Heavy Metal Is An Area We Don't Like To Go Into'

Allan Wigney of the Ottawa Sun recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell.

On the subject of being labeled a "heavy metal" band, Campbell said, "We sit on the fence between hard rock and pop. We can take 'hard rock,' but the heavy metal thing is an area we don't like to go into.

"It's a mantle we don't deserve. That's not what we're about. We do big pop songs with bombast — and it's the bombast and the production thing that allude to being metal more than it really is."

"There was a very clear point— it was actually [1987] when DEF LEPPARD released 'Hysteria' — when it went away from being just a hard rock or heavy metal influenced band," Campbell continued. "The songs were much better crafted and the production was 100% unique.

"By the time 'Hysteria' came out that sound had absolutely been refined into being pop. There are a lot of guitars going on there, but it's not anything like a JUDAS PRIEST or IRON MAIDEN record, with big slabs of guitar. There are very, very subtle, nuanced guitar things going on and very production savvy subtleties all over LEPPARD's records. And stacks of vocals. DEF LEPPARD is about three-part harmonies in the chorus."

Read the entire interview at this location.

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