Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott recently spoke to Ireland’s RTÉ and reflected on his retirement plans. The singer said he intends to continue performing with his band until he is the same age as the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
Since their formation in 1977, Def Leppard has been an unstoppable force in the rock and roll scene. The band firmly established its place in rock history after selling 100 million albums worldwide and constantly selling out arena shows across the globe. The group remained active and consistently produced new material throughout their career.
On May 27, 2022, Def Leppard’s twelfth and latest studio album, ‘Diamond Star Halos,’ arrived. The record was preceded by the three singles, ‘Kick,’ ‘Take What You Want,’ and ‘Fire It Up.’ The band’s new album stood out with its glam-inspired sound and gave a nostalgic feeling to the music listeners. The group’s long-awaited Stadium Tour with Mötley Crüe also kicked off on June 16 in Atlanta. It will end with their final show in Las Vegas on September 9.
During a recent interview, Joe Elliott reflected on the band’s long-term career spanning over four decades and his retirement plans. The singer said they don’t want to do a farewell tour due to low ticket sales, as other bands and artists like the Scorpions and Cher do. Yet, they still deliver good performances, so they haven’t needed to do that. The musician thinks it is also related to their constant studio work to produce new material. Although Elliott knows his career will eventually end, he still intends to continue performing until he is the same age as The Rolling Stones.
Joe Elliott’s words on his retirement plans:
“We always joked that farewell tours are a way of saying that your ticket sales suck. We’re very fortunate that we haven’t had to do that. The Scorpions have been on a farewell tour for, like, 14 years; Cher’s been on one for about 20. Sinatra did five of them. But we’ve never taken any time off. If we were off the road, we were making an album. We can stretch until 2035 when we’re the same age as The Rolling Stones are now.”