Flounder of the Q103 radio station in Albany, New York recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below.
Asked if he has ever poured sugar on anyone, Joe responded: “No. But when the [DEF LEPPARD] song [‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’] first came out… It [was] kind of a ‘mishit,’ really. When it first went to radio in 1987, it kind of got ignored, but in 1988, it took off again. And then it became the most important song on the record and we started shifting silly amounts of records and tickets and stuff, and by then, the song was, like, top of the charts, and people were throwing packets of sugar at us on stage. I mean, it was like trying to avoid shrapnel. It was kind of comical, really.”
He continued: “Actually, I think once we did a competition, in fairness… I’m just thinking now, ’cause you catch me cold with questions like that. I think we once had a competition backstage to actually pour, like, a pound of sugar over some poor girl’s head who had been saturated in hot water. It was written in the contract that it had to be done, no doubt. So, yeah, I think maybe about 25 years ago, we did it at one time.”
Elliott added: “She seemed to enjoy it, from what I can remember. You know, sugar is better than coal. [Laughs]”
DEF LEPPARD will release its eleventh, self-titled album before the end of the year. Elliott last year said the CD was “very varied,” adding, “It sounds like DEF LEPPARD, but it sounds like DEF LEPPARD stretching their wings a little bit.”
DEF LEPPARD will return to the road April 15 for a Canadian tour, followed by Europe in May and June. A U.S. tour with STYX and TESLA will kick off June 23 in Tampa, Florida.
DEF LEPPARD released a deluxe, expanded edition of 1996’s “Slang” album in February 2014.