Def Leppard dedicates his new song “This Guitar” to Queen Elizabeth II


As funeral preparations for Queen Elizabeth II are underway, British rockers Def Leppard dedicated a new song to her on the final leg of the 2022 Stadium Tour. Def Leppard, alongside Mötley Crüe, Poison and Joan Jett, played their last show of the massive summer tour in front of a cheering crowd in Las Vegas.

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott addressed the audience, explaining, “We’re going to dedicate this, because we don’t have any specific songs that refer to the circumstances, but we’re still going to dedicate this one to the memory of Queen Elizabeth II, our monarch for [70] years old, who passed away yesterday. May God bless her. May the angels sing him rest, as his son said on TV this morning. For her, we’ll do this one. It’s called “This guitar”.

Joe Elliot of Def Leppard addresses the crowd during the stadium tour in Las Vegas on September 9

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“This Guitar”, from the band’s latest album Diamond star halos, is a ballad about the singer’s love for their instrument, which he found when he was young. He says it was “his shoulder to cry on”, “the best of best friends” and “saved my life”. The full lyrics to “This Guitar” are also below.

Elliot isn’t the first musician to pay tribute to the late Queen in recent days. Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten tweeted a respectful RIP and “Send her out victorious”. Eddie Vedder also covered The Beatles’ “Her Majesty” a day before Def Leppard’s signing. And many more took to social media to mourn the death of the long-reigning monarch.

Later in the show, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee would make his own big announcement, dropping his pants to reveal he had opened an adult subscription account at OnlyFans, “ONLY” and “FANS” scrawled across his respective buttocks.

Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest at a state funeral on Monday September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London. She has been sovereign of England since the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. She was then only 25 years old.

This Guitar lyrics by Def Leppard

At 17 years old
I did not see
The thing that makes us real
then i found you
At 24
I wanted more
When no one else was listening
you sang to me
You are my shoulder to cry on
You are the best of best friends
You set my fingers on fire
You brought endless joy
My brother, my sister, my lover, my wife
It’s crazy I know, but this guitar saved my life
Broken down, border town
Feels like the end of time
Without you
You came to me (you came to me)
And made me see (and made me see)
Caress me endlessly with your honesty
You are my shoulder to cry on
You’re the best of best friends (best of best friends)
You set my fingers on fire
You brought endless joy (endless joy)
My brother, my sister, my lover, my wife
It’s crazy I know (I know) but this guitar saved my life

Def Leppard dedicates “This Guitar” to Queen Elizabeth II during the Stadium Tour in Las Vegas on 9.9.12

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