Krokus frontman Marc Storace has said he still regrets the act that allowed his band to kick off their 1983 US tour with Def Leppard.
The Swiss group was the first part of the British formation, the two groups rising in the charts with their last albums. While the early shows went well on and off stage, the headlines were rocked by Storace’s performances.
âI used to do these songs; left of stage, right, middle of stage, everyone together, âhe told Vinyl Writer Music in a new interview. âThe whole house is singing. It was incredible; goose bumps. Then, suddenly out of the blue, our manager walked into our locker room one of those afternoons and said, âI had a complaint from the Lepps. It’s about you, Marc. [â¦] They don’t want you to do your songs from the same positions Joe Elliott uses on stage. So, they’re going to mark it with this white ribbon and you don’t have to go through it.
Storace continued, âBefore the show that night, [Krokus’ manager] came up to me and said, ‘You know what? Forget these lines because I’m not in this [â¦] You go ahead and do what you did before. If anyone complains, send it to me. And that’s what I did. Here I am, doing my thing, without wanting to do any harm. And the next thing we knew, that night Peter Mensch, the manager of Def Leppard, came over and said, âYou’re off the tour after our gig!
A “heated argument” between the managers followed, he said, with the result that Krokus was indeed banned from the tour. He described it as “a great pity” and added: “I still regret what I have done to this day.” But he was happy to report that the bands had managed to settle their differences behind the scenes at Sweden Rock Festival 2019. âI met Joe – surrounded by everyone – the two bands got together. It was like everyone was slapping their backs, hugging each other, shaking hands and all that.
Storace told Elliott, “I mean this, just in case something happens and we never see each other again.” [â¦] I’m sorry for what happened. I followed what my manager told me to do and that’s why I did what I did. I just wanted you to know. “He said Elliott replied: [C]Hello ! It was like a hundred years ago. I never thought about it again. Claiming that it had done him “a lot of good” to make peace, he added: “That night we all watched their show from the side of the stage like we did in 1983, and after the show, we had a drink together. “
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