During a brand new interview with Graspop Metal Meeting, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell spoke about what is lacking in the current music scene, particularly with younger groups who are just starting out.
“You’ve gotta find the right balance between being good at your craft and still having the right attitude,” he said (see video below).
“When I hear a lot of bands — not necessarily rock bands, but all sorts of different genres; bands who come out in this day and age — a lot of ’em, what is missing… I mean, they have talent, they can write songs, they can sing, they can play, but they don’t have balls. And you listen to something back from the ’90s or the ’80s or ’70s, there was something earthy about it, there was an intent you had to have,” he explained.
“Phil [Collen, fellow DEF LEPPARD guitarist] is 61. I’m not far behind. We’re all at a certain level and we’ve gotten really good at our craft, but we still go out there and we play it with a real fucking rock attitude.”
DEF LEPPARD has a handful of European shows left between now and early July before the launch of the band’s Canadian tour.
In late August, DEF LEPPARD will stage its second Las Vegas residency. The band will take over Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for 12 nights between August 14 and September 7.
The British rockers played their first Las Vegas residency six years ago at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.