Def Leppard Says Fuck You to Universal


Actually, at “loggerheads”
with their former label, they said “Pour some sugar on my ass,,,”


By Perez Mills


England’s classic NWOBHM proponent Def Leppard – by some
estimates the UK version of the “ultimate corporate rock combo” (think in the
US: Journey, Foreigner; it’s all in the stylized logos, kids) – has decided to
give the “ultimate finger” to the, uh, corporations by re-recording a bunch of
old hits in order to release ‘em without the interference of the major label
that owns ‘em.


Currently on the road with Poison and Lita Ford as part of
the Rock Of Ages film -inspired “Rock
Of Ages” cash-in tour, the Lep is euphemistically descriging these new/old
tracks as “forgeries” that are, according to a report,
“re-recordings of its catalog material [in which the band] ‘wrestled control of
our career back’ from the Universal Music Group, which frontman Joe Elliott
says the band refuses to deal with ‘until we come up with some kind of
arrangement’ over compensation, especially for digital downloads.”



(Shades of Camper Van Beethoven, who a few years ago gave
their old label Virgin the big middle finger when, unable to get the rights to
reissue some of their old hits, decided to re-record some of the material and
release it via the indie route.)


Elliott told, “When you’re at loggerheads
with an ex-record label who…is not prepared to pay you a fair amount of money
and we have the right to say, ‘Well, you’re not doing it,’ that’s the way it’s
going to be. Our contract is such that they can’t do anything with our music
without our permission, not a thing. So we just sent them a letter saying, ‘No
matter what you want, you are going to get “no” as an answer, so
don’t ask.’ That’s the way we’ve left it. We’ll just replace our back catalog
with brand new, exact same versions of what we did.”


Joe, from those about to rock, in the grand tradition of
sticking it to da Man, we salute ya!

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