Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliot has described a TV movie of the band as “the biggest pile of shit ever made,” and blames it as the reason a proper biopic probs won’t ever be made.

In the light of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody, Motley Crue’s The Dirt (currently on Netflix) and Elton John’s Rocketman, Elliot was asked about Def Lep’s chances of the same treatment.

“We were subjects of a VH1 movie 20 years ago that was the biggest pile of shit ever made,” he told Rolling Stone.

“I doubt very much anybody would be really interesting in making another one.”

Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story was made in 2001 and was described as “the true story of one of the most successful pop-metal bands of the ‘80s.”

It followed the band through Rick Allen’s car crash, Steve Clark’s problems with addiction and the making of Hysteria.

It was also full of huge inaccuracies… including that Allen was on drugs when he crashed, and the re-recording of tracks by session musos rather than the band themselves.


In the same breath, however, Elliot was open to the idea.

“We’ll see,” he said.

“[If] somebody comes along because ‘we want to make a movie about you guys,’ why not?”

Guitarist Phil Collen acknowledged that Def Leppard’s longevity was a point of difference that could interest filmmakers.

“A lot of other bands don’t put the effort in,” he said.

“I’ve got to say we’re really bad-ass. We actually just improve all the time, and that’s because we are consistent, and we love what we’re doing.”


Collen said that the band used to “get a lot of flak” for spending so long on songs and albums.

“But the reason we did that is so that we are here now.”

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