Def Lep singer’s fury at man who criticised setlist while band were trying to deal with death of Joe Senior

Deal with it: Joe Elliott

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott has lashed out at a fan who criticised their choice of songs on tour while they were trying to get to grips with the death of the singer’s father.

Joe Senior, who’d actively supported the band since their earliest days, died last month. But he’d insisted they kept to their touring schedule despite his illness, and Elliott has admitted “I wasn’t at the top of my game” during the difficult period.

Now he’s called one supporter a “moron” for emailing him to complain about the band’s setlist on the shows they did just after his dad passed away.

Elliott tells Spinner: “The guy accused me of being a fraud because on the first four gigs we did after the break we did exactly the same set.

“I wasn’t going to say to the guy, ‘Well, you know, my father just passed away – let’s just keep it simple for the first week then we can get into the experiments.’

“He’s writing this as if every single person comes to every gig. But the only people who know what we did are the ones who go online and look at the setlist.

“So he’s a fucking idiot – I don’t mind saying that and please print it.

“When someone like him says our song Love Bites is just a ‘beer break’ I’m like, ‘Wow, you’re a moron. Don’t bother coming to any of our shows. We don’t want people like you in our audience’.”

Elliott says the band normally choose their setlist based on which tracks have been big hits in the area they’re playing.

“If we’re in America we choose songs that were hits in the State,” he explains. “There are songs we have to play in England that we don’t play in the States, and the same goes for Japan or Australia.

“We have to play for the majority. If we don’t play Photograph and Pour Some Sugar On Me we won’t get out the building alive. That pays our wages – not these idtios who sit in their mother’s basement eating Doritos and playing Dungeons and Dragons all day. I’m not interested in those kinds of people.”

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