Def Leppard's Joe Elliot Pays Tribute To Mike Shipley

Acclaimed recording engineer Mike Shipley, who worked with Aerosmith, Van Halen, Scorpions, Ratt, Winger, and with Def Leppard on their albums spanning from 1981's "High 'n' Dry" to 1992's "Adrenalize," has died. The cause of death was not known at press time.

Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott had the following to say about Shipley, "I'm devastated to hear of the passing of Mike Shipley. He was a fantastic engineer and a good guy.

"Nothing got past him if it wasn't up to scratch, hence Leppard's nick name for him, 'bat ears'. From the High & Dry album in 1981 to the last thing we did together, 1993's Two Steps Behind he was a joy to work with. RIP Shippers."

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