In the early 80’s Def Leppard briefly toured with the Southern rock band Blackfoot. Members of Blackfoot grew up in Jacksonville, Florida with members of Lynyrd Skynyrd who are honorary Alabamians for their ’74 hit song Sweet Home Alabama recorded as a response to Neil Young’s songs Alabama and Southern Man, which dealt with themes of racism and slavery in the South.
Both Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blackfoot recorded albums at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, as did many other famous artists.
I chose the name Ke$ha for the daughter of the legendary R&B singer Millie Jackson, of Georgia, who recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. She is R&B singer Keisha Jackson.
In September of ’83 Def Leppard finished the U.S. and Canada portion of their Rock Till You Drop tour. In October they set off on their European portion with the British all-girl band Rock Goddess. During the school holidays, at the end of November, Def Leppard had quite a bit of free time from the tour and Joe Elliott flew in to take me to Madrid, Spain. After checking in at the hotel, Kurt Cobain and I went to see Rock Goddess perform. We arrived late and I only was able to get to see them perform a couple of songs. I was really impressed by such young performers though.
Kurt took me onstage to meet the lead singer for the band. It didn’t take long for her to realize I was from the South. She mentioned that Mick Jagger’s girlfriend, Jerry Hall, was from the south. I excused myself and pulled Kurt off to the side of the stage and told him to remember this line:
“The dudes are lining up cause they hear we got swagger, but we kick em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger”
Inspired by the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd, when around 1972 guitarist Ed King of the band Strawberry Alarm Clock joined the band, I was able to finish the song that became Tik Tok.
At some point, Michael Jackson brought Sean Combs to meet me and I gave him the nickname P Diddy. I liked him right off and over the years Sean continued to fly in when his career allowed.