What rock band Def Leppard loves about S'pore -- 20 years after their last visit

24 November 2015 / 11 months 6 days ago

Can you imagine staying friends with someone for 38 years?

Many might think of it to be rather unlikely in this time and age, but for English rock band Def Leppard, it's no feat at all.

Asked on what is the 'glue' that binds all of the members together ever since the group was formed in 1977, lead singer Joe Elliot swiftly answers with no hesitation, "Music".

"Simple, really. So far [for] 38 years, we have all managed to stay together on the same page, making the kind of music that is reflective of what we grew up listening to. We just enjoy what we are doing. There is no kind of magic ingredient, really. It's quite simple."

The veteran five-man band also consists of guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, bassist Rick "Sav" Savage as well as drummer Rick Allen.

Def Leppard returns to Singapore after almost two decades, ready to delight fans with a one-night concert tonight (Nov 24) at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre. The last time they performed here was in 1996.

"It is nearly 20 years? We are sorry we have been so long. Sorry it was late getting here," said Collen in response to what it feels like to be back in the Lion City after all this time.

"It's great. We are just loving being here already. It's just been a warm welcome, we can't wait to play. We are the best we have ever been and we can't wait to share that."

Speaking of Singapore, Collen also said, "It's beautiful. I mean, it's like stunning, it's gorgeous. And I love the fact that's it's so clean. It's really refreshing to go somewhere and there's no litter on the floor and all of that. It's just amazing, it's just a great place to be."

Elliot, raving about Marina Bay Sands, chimed in, "Yeah, the view from the pool up there? Stunning," to which Collen replied, "You couldn't see any litter anyway, so far up there."

So what can fans look forward to at tonight's concert, from the veteran band that has sold over one million records worldwide?

According to Elliot, it's 'a bit of everything', including tracks from their 11th studio album that was released just three weeks ago on Oct 30.

"We are also very aware of the fact that there are certain songs if we don't play, then we can't get out of the building alive."

Well, longtime fans, it looks like you can expect legendary hits such as Photograph, Hysteria and of course their anthem tune, Pour Some Sugar On me.

Def Leppard will be performing at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre tonight, Nov 24.


See more photos of the band's appearance on ONE FM's #1 Breakfast Show with hosts Flying Dutchman, Glenn Ong and Andre Hoden below.

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