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Dec262018

Taylor Swift once refused to sing "risqué" Def Leppard song lyrics on TV, recalls band's frontman 

Rick Diamond/WireImageCast your mind back 10 years ago, to when Taylor Swift was a country music superstar who was only starting to see her songs become pop hits. Back then, Taylor filmed an episode of CMT's show Crossroads -- which pairs country acts with pop and rock stars -- with '80s British hard rock band Def Leppard.  Now, Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott is reminiscing in Rolling Stone about working with the then-18-year-old star.

"The whole thing came together because somebody walked into our dressing room...he goes, 'It’s Taylor Swift, she’s doing this interview, and she said there was only band that she would ever do a Crossroads with, and it was Def Leppard,'" Elliott recalls.

"We went, 'Wow, OK, get in touch with her....' Lo and behold, couple of months go by and, all of a sudden, we’re doing this show."

Elliott says he and Def Leppard turned up for rehearsals knowing all the lyrics and chords to Taylor's songs, and she did the same. But the only difficulty, as Elliott remembers, came when they talked about performing one particular song: Def Leppard's #2 1987 smash "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

"Me and Taylor sat down, and she says, 'I can’t sing that line,' ’cause it was a bit too risqué," Elliott reveals.  "So we’d swap things around."

Video of the performance shows Taylor refrains from singing lines like "I'm hot, sticky sweet/From my head to my feet" and "You got the peaches/I got the cream."

By the way, you may be aware that Mutt Lange, who co-wrote and produced that Def Leppard hit, went on to marry Shania Twain and produce all her hits -- and Shania was a big influence on Taylor. So there's your connection.

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