CMT Crossroads – Taylor Swift & Def Leppard [0dayrox rip]
Except their fanbase, few know that DEF LEPPARD did some years ago a performance for the country music channel CMT, in a duet with… country music star Taylor Swift and her band.
Taylor Swift and Def Leppard got together to perform each other’s songs during a taping for the CMT Crossroads concert series. Swift’s band and the British arena rock group simultaneously backed her and Def Leppard lead vocalist Joe Elliott throughout most of the taping. Song selections included Swift’s “Picture to Burn” and Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” “When Love and Hate Collide,” and “Hysteria”.
This material was requested by one of you, but the show only was released on DVD so the 0dayrox team ripped & edited the audio for all of you.
Def Leppard goes country music here? Not at all.
This is a super cool set where you can hear songs like “Photograph” or “When Love and Hate Collide” including female vocals in a duet, plus some ‘country’ touches in the background. Def Lepp performs all songs electric – including guitar solos. The band just feels more ‘countryfied”, due to Swift’s band arrangements of the songs.
Taylor Swift does a fine job with Def Leppard songs, and Joe Elliot & Co. the same with Swift’s country rock&pop tunes.
Joe Elliot remembers; “The whole thing came together because somebody walked into our dressing room with a laptop… He goes, “It’s Taylor Swift, she’s doing this interview, and she said there was only band that she would ever do a Crossroads with, and it was Def Leppard. She’s a big fan.”
We went, “Wow, OK, get in touch with her, see what she thinks.” Lo and behold, couple of months go by and, all of a sudden, we’re doing this show.
We’ve always been that poke-noses-out-of-joint kind of band. I loved the idea of something that’s gonna either piss people off or they go, good for you for doing something different. If you’re gonna do collaborations, I don’t see the point in us doing a song with Bon Jovi. Do you know what I mean?
It’s like, I’d prefer the idea of Jon doing a song with like, Tom Waits. Us doing something with Loudon Wainwright III or Leonard Cohen. Somebody completely off the wall. Or Elvis Costello and Motorhead. Can you imagine what that would sound like?”
“Getting hooked in with Taylor was great. She was 17 years old, and a rising star. And she said grew up listening to Def Leppard. We were more than willing to do this. We got a new record just out. It was a bit of fun. It was a four-day project.
It was two days of rehearsals. It was two shows and everybody did their homework. We turned up knowing all the chords, knowing all the lyrics. There weren’t really any difficulties.
There were a couple of moments where we sat down, me and Taylor sat down, and she says, “I can’t sing that line,” ’cause it was a bit too risqué, in [“Pour Some Sugar on Me.”] So we’d swap things around. And the fact that I was actually singing from the male point of view in some of her stuff, like in “Love Story.”
As you say, I’m not going to sing something and half-ass it. I’m going to give it my all. Because it doesn’t matter. It’s a one off project and you’ve got to sell yourself in the right light. It makes no difference to me whether it’s a Ramones song or a Taylor Swift. I’m gonna do it the best I can.”
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01 – Photograph
02 – Picture To Burn
03 – Love Story
04 – Hysteria
05 – Teardrops On My Guitar
06 – When Love and Hate Collide
07 – Should’ve Said No
08 – Pour Some Sugar On Me
DVD BONUS, not featured in the original program:
09 – Our Song
10 – Love
11 – Two Steps Behind
Taylor Swift, Joe Elliot: lead vocals
Rick Savage: bass, backing vocals
Rick Allen: drums, percussion, backing vocals
Phil Collen: guitars, backing vocals
Vivian Campbell: guitars, backing vocals
Nathan Chapman: acoustic guitar, mandolin,
Nick Buda: drums
Dan Dugmore: steel guitar
Tim Marks: bass guitar
Tim Lauer: keyboards, piano
Rob Hajacos: fiddle