Taylor Swift will realize yet another dream come true when she comes face to face with her favorite rockers, Def Leppard, today (Monday, October 6th) in Nashville. The teenager and the legendary band will tape the newest installment of CMT Crossroads tonight before an invitation-only audience.
The pairing was not something created by the show’s producer, but instead by Swift herself, as she told us: “I’ve wanted to do Crossroads with Def Leppard since I heard about Crossroads. I always thought, ‘That would be so fun to get these crazy British guys with these awesome songs and they’re rock stars and my band would freak out.’It never occurred to me that we’d actually get to do it.”
Swift took the bull by the horns and asked one of the members of Def Leppard about doing the show with her. “I actually made a phone call to the drummer a year ago. I was on tour with Tim (McGraw) and Faith (Hill) and I heard through the grapevine that Tim’s tour manager was Rick Allen, the drummer’s brother, so I kept bothering this guy, like bugging him non-stop, like, ‘Hey, can I have a call with your brother? I need to talk to him about something. Can I please call him? And one night he came on my tour bus and he was like, ‘I got someone on the phone for you,’ and it was Rick Allen.”
Swift said that Allen had no idea who she was as an artist when she first contacted him.
CMT Crossroads featuring Swift and Def Leppard will premiere on the cable network sometime next month.
CMT Hot Dish has an interview with Taylor. It’s a nice reading.