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Into it: Joe Elliott

Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard, what are you ...

... Listening to?

I admire [The Arctic Monkeys'] work, what I've heard of it so far. It's got its moments that are just hysterical. I mean that in the best possible sense. There's a lot of humor in that record. There's a lot of teenage angst and attitude, which a band of their ability and age should have. These guys are doing their own thing. And it's interesting for a band that broke on the Internet, that the record has sold so many copies. I'm still listening a lot to the Kaiser Chiefs' album – that's sinking further into my DNA, as did the Scissor Sisters two years earlier. There's not much [else] in rock 'n' roll [that's impressing me] these days and I'm sad to say that, because I wish there was.

... Reading?

I'm not a reader; I haven't got the time. I read short things, like newspapers, that I can pick up and put down. I do read a lot of things like Q, Uncut, Loaded, Classic Rock – [magazines] where I can keep my eye on my world of music.

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... Watching?

I watch a lot of movies. I watch so many I can't even remember what I've seen. From a TV standpoint, [I've watched] the climax of the British soccer season and then the World Cup this summer. I'll be watching every single game I can get my eyes on. Luckily, most of them are done [in Germany] before we go onstage [in the US], so I'll be watching every one of them I can get my eyes on. And I'm a bit of a sucker for things like Law & Order and Cold Case.

Elliott and Def Leppard have just released a new CD, "Yeah!," which includes cover versions of songs written by the Kinks, Blondie, and David Bowie, among others. The band began a US summer tour June 23. Details at defleppard.com.


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