Hear Joe Elliott team up with Ghost on new version of ‘Spillways’

Joe Elliott has joined with Ghostwho delivers a joint rendition of the band’s song “Spillways.”

That Def Leppard frontman’s vocals blend perfectly with the Swedish metal group as he switches duties with Ghost singer Tobias Forge. The new version – which can be heard below – builds on the emphatic original, with Elliott’s contribution adding another powerful layer to the track.

“Spillways” was originally released on Ghost’s 2022 album Impera. Forge admitted he tried to channel some of Def Leppard’s magic while making the LP. “I think they were great,” the Ghost frontman admitted Metal hammer last year. “Going into this record, I thought I’d see if I could do it a little more like Def Leppard did it.”

The admiration was mutual, Elliott admitted Impera was his “go-to album” last year. The singer further revealed that he was introduced to Ghost by his Def Leppard bandmate, Phil Collen.

“He said, ‘Hey, have you heard of this band Ghost? It’s like this kind of Scando goth metal, but with brilliant melodies,'” Elliott recalled. “I was really intrigued, so I asked him to Dropbox me it new album. I listened to the whole thing and I thought it was absolutely fantastic. It’s like a whole new genre of music – it’s much more Toto than death metal or something. It’s like the song ‘Spillways’. It starts like ‘Hold the Line’ by Toto or ‘Jane’ by Jefferson Starship – one of those classic ’70s songs that starts on the piano before these big, fat chords come in.”

Ghost is nominated for Best Metal Act at this year’s Grammys, which take place in February. 5. The band has extensive tour dates across Europe this summer, stretching from May to July. Meanwhile, Def Leppard is ready to hit the road again next to it Motley Crue starts Feb. 10.

Listen to Ghost’s ‘Spillways’ with Joe Elliott

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