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Remaster Of The Universe!
As a diehard and lifelong Thin Lizzy fan, Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott is an ideal candidate to oversee the remastering of the band’s classic Jailbreak and Johnny The Fox albums in tandem with Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham.
Stuart Clark, 03 Mar 2011
“I saw Lizzy at Sheffield City Hall in ’76, ’77, ’78 and ’79, and every time they were fucking awesome. That bouncing light off the scratchboard thing Phil did with his guitar – brilliant! Then there was all that call and response stuff – ‘We need your helping hands!’, ‘Let me see you!’ – and the one-liners like the legendary ‘Are there are any Irish girls out there?’ before ‘Emerald’. From other singers that would’ve sounded a bit dirty old man-ish, but he had the cheeky personality to pull it off.
“Him, Phil Mogg from UFO and Bon Scott were the people who taught me about stagecraft. Thin Lizzy weren’t your standard rock band, there was something different about them. They were bluesy, soulful and lots of other things all at the same time.
“God bless Lizzy, they’d also let kids in four at a time – autograph, quick picture and then ‘fuck off!’ I’ve still got some grotty old photos of me in a leather cowboy hat, I was 16 or summat, with all their signatures on. They did that every show and remembered you from the last time as well. Phil didn’t just pay lip service to his fans, he loved ‘em.”
Joe Elliott is sat in a quiet corner of Johnny Fox’s pub – could he have picked anywhere more apt? – telling us why he considers Philip Lynott to be among the greatest rock ‘n’ rollers of all time. A fan of theirs since childhood, the Def Leppard singer has just written himself into Lizzy lore by collaborating with Scott Gorham on the new Jailbreak and Johnny The Fox remasters.
“Scott flew over to work on them on Mondays and Tuesdays and then from Wednesday to Sunday it was back to the Def Leppard live album, which will also have three new songs on it,” he says of the sessions that took place in his own Joe’s Garage studio perched on the side of the Dublin mountains. “People say, ‘You must have been daunted’, but actually I was full of confidence that Scott, myself and my brilliant engineer Ronan McHugh could pull it off. A lot of Leppard stuff over the last few years has been demos that we’ve added to. The reason being I’m sick of hearing from every band I’ve ever met, ourselves included, that ‘the demo’s better’. If it’s fucking better, use it!