Def Leppard vocalist Joe Elliott has paid tribute to late engineer Mike Shipley, who helped to shape the sounds of Def Leppard and Shania Twain.
In response to the news that Shipley had died over the weekend, Elliott said, "I'm devastated to hear of the passing of Mike Shipley. He was a fantastic engineer and a good guy. Nothing got past him if it wasn't up to scratch, hence Leppard's nickname for him, 'bat ears'. From the High & Dry album in 1981 to the last thing we did together, 1993's Two Steps Behind he was a joy to work with. RIP Shippers."
Winger frontman Kip Winger also offered a tribute: "He was a dear friend. Mike was a kind, generous, funny, supremely talented and skilled person. He taught me how to really make a record... This is a tragic loss to the world to say the least. I'll miss you Mike."
Shipley was born in Sydney, Australia and moved to England as a teen, later moving to Los Angeles to work with The Cars. His extensive list of credits includes Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Hysteria, Aerosmith’s Just Push Play, Van Halen‘s Best of Both Worlds, Scorpions‘ Savage Amusement and Winger’s Pull.