Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Praises Taylor Swift’s Monumental Influence

Joe Elliott, the frontman of Def Leppard, recently shared his perspective on Taylor Swift’s unparalleled impact in the music industry. In an interview with Billboard following the surprise release of Swift’s 11th studio album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” Elliott made a bold declaration about the megastar’s influence.

Reflecting on Def Leppard’s collaboration with Swift on CMT Crossroads in 2009, Elliott and bassist Rick Savage discussed the singer’s rise to fame. Savage acknowledged Swift’s considerable popularity at the time but noted that it was not yet at the level she currently enjoys.

Elliott, however, delved into Swift’s personal connection to Def Leppard’s music, revealing that Swift’s mother, Andrea, was a fan of the band while pregnant with her. This unique bond, Elliott suggested, meant that Swift had been exposed to their music even before birth. He recounted how the collaboration on Crossroads led to mutual admiration between the band and Swift, with Def Leppard becoming fans of her work just as she admired theirs.

Expressing astonishment at Swift’s meteoric rise, Elliott asserted that she has surpassed any previous measure of success. He boldly proclaimed that Swift is likely “bigger than The Beatles and The [Rolling] Stones combined” for her generation of fans, emphasizing her unprecedented level of achievement.

Both Elliott and Savage spoke fondly of their experience collaborating with Swift in 2009, describing it as a positive and enjoyable endeavor. Savage expressed admiration for Swift’s professionalism and talent, while Elliott expressed his hope for future collaborations with the “Cruel Summer” singer.

In essence, Elliott’s comments underscore the profound impact Swift has had on the music industry and her unparalleled success in transcending generational boundaries. Through her talent, work ethic, and connection with fans, Swift has solidified her place as one of the most influential artists of her time.

As Swift continues to push boundaries and redefine success in the music industry, her collaboration with Def Leppard remains a testament to her versatility and enduring appeal.

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