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in a new interview with Joe Rock WBAB 102.3 radio station, DEF LEPPARD: drummer Rick Allen he was asked if there was any truth to these late rumours NIARAC LIZZIE leader Phil Lynott told DEF LEPPARD: singer Joe Elliott that he was divorced NIARAC LIZZIE because he “couldn’t compete”. LEOPARD:The third album of 1983 “Pyromania”. Allen said (as transcribed BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “I heard Joe: tell that story and I don’t know how serious Phil Lynott was. But if anyone knows anything about it DEF LEPPARD:they know it NIARAC LIZZIE were massive, massive impact on this group. So for Phil Lynott to say that, as I say, I hope he was joking, because they had a big impact DEF LEPPARD:“.

Eliot: previously remembered Linotin the interview given to him Classic rock magazine. Joe: “I remember meeting him Phil Lynott. We had delivered “Pyromania” and share the label with us LIZZIE:, he had heard it. He put his hand on my shoulder and said. “I heard your album, that’s why I broke up the band. I can’t compete with that.” The dumbest backhand compliment I’ve ever had. I wish I was brave enough to slam him against the wall and say, “Well, make a better album then!” But I just said ‘oh’ and left.”

Still in 2015 Eliot: told”LIZZIE: had a great impact [on DEF LEPPARD]. Listen to our first album; You can hear elements of their music in our post. There’s a song on our first one called “It doesn’t matter” which is NIARAC LIZZIE through and through. little to begin with “Lady Strange”. Two-harmonic guitars, of course, are more than that LIZZIE: than it was ASH OF DESIRE or ALLMAN BROTHERS. It wasn’t just the twin guitar thing, it was the simplicity of their songs. I mean, God knows what the chord progression is for “The Boys Go Back to Town”; it’s not clear, of course, but “Jailbreak” it is absurdly simple. I mean that as a compliment. How come no one wrote this before? It was staring everyone in the face.”

What about his first memory? NIARAC LIZZIE, Joe: “My first memory LIZZIE: was “Whiskey in a Jar”, which was kind of a minor hit in the UK back in ’73. I remember buying the single Decca Records and thinkJimi Hendrix outwardly similar. Nice songs. We’ll see where he goes from there, something, because everyone gets excited when they’re kids about new music. A group is coming, whether that’s the case [David] Bowie or T.REX: or what, and you’re just wondering what’s next. Will it be a sustained attack or something? Is it just going to be this one hit? And then there was nothing else for three years and you kind of forgot about them. This was me in Sheffield of course. You talk to someone in Dublin and they’re like, ‘Oh, no, no, no. We listened to them all the time.” But the next time I heard them was the next time everyone heard it, which was when “The Boys Go Back to Town” became a huge hit. And it was a huge Top 20 hit for a rock band because you were fighting “Tie a yellow ribbon” and the like. And of everything “Radar Love” from GOLD EARRING, NIARAC LIZZIE, SILVER, “God Gave You Rock’n’Roll” penetrated the Top 40. But with LIZZIE:, almost singles are random. I don’t think they ever set out to be a pop band. it was just something they just drifted into one. I was 16 at the time and had just started going to concerts, so I saw the classic line-up, not on a specific tour because I hadn’t seen them until “Johnny Fox” album that would have been ’77.”


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