In the chat, the amiable player was asked if it was true that he was in contention to join the Sheffield rockers, to which he replied; “I was, yeah”. He continued; “Yeah I was. I’m not sure… I want to write more books; that might be in my next one! [laughing] There’s whole story about that, there’s a whole story about that".
In a brand new interview with eonmusic, Def Leppard’s Rick Allen confirmed that Smith had been on the Leppard radar for the role that was eventually landed by Vivian Campbell, saying; “Yeah, I actually really loved the idea”.
The drummer then went on to name some of the other players who were under consideration, including an unknown Birmingham guitarist and the man who provided the licks on Whitesnake’s colossal self-titled 1987 release. “There was a kid called Huwey Lucas that was a contender; there was John Sykes; there were all these people kind of lined up”, he said.
However, it was Smith who impressed the drummer, who praised Adrian for his ability to adapt. Said Rick; “I loved the idea. It’s interesting, you put somebody in a slightly different situation and new things are revealed about them, and it was cool. It was a complement that he was so into it”.
Concluding however, Allen added; “But I think ultimately, I think Vivian was the absolutely perfect choice”.
Read the entire interview, where Rick discusses his artwork, his early playing technique, and some buried Def Leppard gems, on eonmusic.