Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott says it’s not about the money for the legendary rock ‘n roll band. He said while many other artists complain about royalty rates of streaming services, those services have helped establish Def Leppard as “a cool legacy band.”
Elliott recently told Goldmine magazine, "You've gotta remember: We were one of the longest holdouts [from the digital music revolution]. We didn't announce our digital deal until 2018...”
He added, "And then because in the past I would have to ring our management and say, 'How many copies has blah, blah, blah sold?' ... [Now] we've got this instant information. And I was told the other day that we're almost six billion streams since January 2018.”
He went on to say, "I'm, like, 'Wow, this is insane!' You know, that's not Taylor Swift or Adele territory, but for us, that's pretty incredible, you know? And these things, again, they inspire you to just walk a little bit taller. And, also, you now realize that you're streaming so massively in South America, that you pretty much got the tour booked around where you stream. This was the information that was always guesswork in the past. Now it's the information highway...”
Elliott also said, "And so from a musical point of view, it's really helping all artists, I think, but I'm glad we held out because it made it give our back catalog a big bang when we finally announced it."
Def Leppard are also getting push out of The Stadium Tour with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett, which has been a huge hit for fans.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]