Apr 5, 2011

Def Leppard, Take Two

Joe Elliott of Def Leppard

This Tuesday, I wanted to look back in time to the 80's - when the long-haired rockstars were the ultimate dream guys of girls my age.  The 80s was also the peak of glamour rock and the so-called hair bands.  And one of the guys I really, really dug was Joe Elliott of Def Leppard.  While other popular long-haired musicians  fit LiggyzDreamz's definition of "hot", Joe Elliott was different because he had a very rugged, masculine sex appeal.  That was unlike my other 80's rockstar crushes - Jani Lane of Warrant, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, or Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme.  I listened to their music over and over on my stereo while dreamily gazing at every magazine picture I could find of them.  Yeah, they were all eye candy to the giddy teen that I was.  But they were probably all teeny-bopper material compared to Joe Elliott, whose majority of female fans were (I would guess) probably all over the age of 20. 

I hate to sound like physical appearances are what count the most (after all, when you like a musician you  should also be a fan of his music, right?)  But I came across more recent pictures of Joe Elliott and I started thinking about that 80s crush I had on him.  I'm not saying he's ugly now, but he just doesn't look like the 80's rocker that I had a major crush on back in the day.

 Joe Elliott in 2010

Okay, maybe he doesn't look all that bad.  After all, I know we all age, our skin will droop, we get wrinkled, etc...but celebrities get so much attention and they can't help getting photographed in public.  When those pictures start showing up all over the Internet, though, it just kinda makes me wonder what I ever saw in some of these rockstars when I used to dream about them.

I'm guessing that the years of grueling international tours, irregular schedules, partying, smoking, alcohol (and maybe even drugs), lack of sleep, and the celebrity lifestyle eventually take their toll on the body.  So many famous people (Lindsay Lohan for one!) treat their bodies like they think there's no such thing as "aging".  Then there are others (Sally Field for instance) who must've learned how to say "no" to the things that could detrimental effects on their bodies and their health.  So even in their "senior" years, you look at their pictures and say, "She's how old?!"  Why people abuse their bodies by not taking better care of themselves is something I have trouble understanding. 

I wanted to end my Two Thoughts for Tuesday with another look back at Def Leppard in the 80's.  Here's one of my favorite Def Leppard tunes from a concert performed 6 years after the song became a huge international hit: 

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AngelBaby said...

Oh, do I remember the teenage years and the music that filled our lives. When I think about how silly we were I have to laugh, it was fun though. Oh, to be young again!

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Wolfbernz said...


DCef Leopard was great back in the day. While I can't I had a crush on any of those hair bands I can agree that it does seem that none of them took care of themselves. And Sally Feild rally does look good... how old is she anyway? She looks the same as she did when she was a flying nun!


Trina said...

Ahh! Big Hair bands! I was too young to have crushes on them, my crushes showed up in the 90's Grunge! I did and occasionally still do enjoy rocking out to Def Leopard and some of the Big Hair bands.

Sally fields does look great! Wonder what her secret is.. or maybe it's just amazing genes!


Cheryl said...

Hi Liggy,
I am so slow to get over here today.
I find it interesting how people age. I went to a class reunion this year and some of my classmates look so young and others look so OLD. Probably some if it is genetics. As far as rock stars, I think they live a hard life of touring, partying, etc. Some have abused their bodies too which wouldn't help conserve their youthful looks.

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