Def Leppard Guitarist Looks Back At Hysteria 25 Years Later
Collen said the band was determined to fulfill producer Mutt Lang's vision of making a hard rock version of Michael Jackson's Thriller. "Mutt wanted to open us up to any kind of sound, make us like a hybrid in a way, and we thought that was really exciting," he explains. "A lot of rock albums can sound thin and reedy. But listen to hip-hop albums and R&B records – they sound huge! We found that we could get a lot of crossover appeal by making the songs big and open."
Hysteria was three years in the making, but when Collen heard the finished product for the first time, he was ecstatic. "I thought, 'If it sells one copy and my mom's the only one that buys it, I'll be happy'," he said . "It was the best thing I'd ever heard. I was completely satisfied. I was so proud and pleased. I can still listen to it and feel the same way." more on this story
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