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Joe Elliott: Yeah, we were talking to him between takes, and he was a little put out that we were there at first, you know, “Uh oh. The queen’s in town!” He said, “What do you think?” I said, “Can you sing?” He said, “No, I started like four or five months ago, just a couple of hours a day.” He had other movies he was shooting, so it was like a part-time thing. I’m thinking, “Wow. If he’s got that good in four or five months, that’s much better than half the people on some of these talent shows.”
AP: Why did you decide to release re-recorded versions of “Rock of Ages” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” this summer?
Joe Elliott: Our work is not available on any digital domain, except for the last album, the “Mirrorball” album, because it’s a catalog issue with the record label, so we just wanted studio versions of those songs available for this summer because of the film coming out.
AP: What was it like re-recording those classics?
Joe Elliott: We had to be really careful that we actually studied them, literally like forgeries. It’s like Donald Pleasence in “The Great Escape” doing passports. It’s got to be exactly the same to fool the old German guard. That’s the same thing with these songs. We wanted them to have the same energy, that youthful exuberance we had in `83 and `87, so people that are sympathetic to our cause listen to them and say, “Wow, they’ve still got it. They can perform the songs the way they did back then.”
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