For the second time in three years, I had the personal pleasure…and BIG thrill…to speak with one of my all-time favorite vocalists, Joe Elliot of Def Leppard. Joe and the band have been together for 35 years, which seems impossible. They started to grab attention with their second album in 1981, “High ‘N Dry” and then (pardon the pun) caught fire with the multi-platinum release, “Pyromania” in 1983 with things completely getting out of hand with the release of “Hysteria” in 1987. They continue to be a solid draw every time they go on tour!
Joe also keeps himself busy with his side-band, “Joe Elliot’s Down ‘N Outz” and they specialize in paying tribute to the music of the early 1970’s British group, Mott The Hoople and their leader Ian Hunter.
Got a half-hour to spare? Click on the link and listen to Joe and I talking about all of the above…and beer, too!
Down ‘n’ Outz are set to announce a new single. “One Of the Boys”, taken from their critically acclaimed album “The Further Adventures Of…”. The single was originally the b side to Mott The Hoople’s “All the Young Dudes” and is a classic slice of Hunter/Ralphs song writing. The single precedes UK tour dates in December 2014.
April 2014 saw the release of the album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Def Leppard’s lead singer Joe Elliott, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople. The album is available through Bludgeon Riffola via Mailboat Records
Full UK AND Eire dates are as follows
Friday 5th Dec 2014 BRISTOL BIERKELLER
Sat 6th Dec 2014 TRECCO BAY PLANET ROCKSTOCK FESTIVAL
Mon 8th Dec 2014 LONDON GARAGE
Tues 9th Dec 2014 YORK FIBBERS
Thurs 11th Dec 2014 SHEFFIELD CORPORATION
Fri 12th Dec 2014 WOLVERHAMPTON SLADE ROOMS
Sun 14th Dec 2014 NEWCASTLE RIVERSIDE
Mon 15th Dec2014 GLASGOW GARAGE
Wed 17th Dec 2014 BELFAST LIMELIGHT
Thurs 18th Dec 2014 DUBLIN ACADEMY (IRELAND)
Ticket are priced Bristol, London, York, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Glasgow are £20. Belfast £17.50 and Dublin €25. All subject to booking fee
Tickets are available from all usual outlets – onsale Friday 27th June 2014.
The project was born in 2009 when Mott The Hoople reformed and asked long-time friend and fan Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) to get involved. Joe formed the Down ‘n’ Outz with The Quireboys' Paul Guerin (Guitar), Guy Griffin (Guitar) and Keith Weir (keyboards), plus Phil Martini (drums). Together they looked to bring songs by Mott The Hoople and spin off projects of Mott, Ian Hunter and British Lions to a wider audience.
In 2009 Down ‘n’ Outz supported Mott The Hoople at one of the band’s five Hammersmith Apollo shows, which garnered much interest with fans. The fan demand eventually led to the band looking to create an album. 2010 saw the release of the critically acclaimed debut My Re-Generation through Mailboat Records (Joe Perry, Walter Becker, Chris Isaak, Jeff Bridges). My Re-Generationincluded the singles “England Rocks” and “Overnight Angels,” that reached No 4 and No 1 respectively on the US Media Base Rock chart -keeping Eric Clapton’s new single off the top of the chart for 2 weeks. The band then released a live DVD taken from those initial shows called “Live At Hammersmith Apollo.” The new album The Further Adventures of… picks up where the live DVD left off and features the driving groove of album opener “Rock And Roll Queen”. The collection also includes the good time of rock-n-roll tune and new single “One Of The Boys,” and ballad “The Journey,” plus the drum heavy song “Violence.” This LP is set to bring out a rich and much loved seam of British songwriting to a whole new audience. The album was produced by Joe Elliott with co-production by Ronan McHugh. The album was recorded at Joe Elliott’s own studio Joe’s Garage. Previous single “Rock N Roll Queen” has already reached No 2 on the media based rock chart in the USA.
Joe Elliott says, “These songs make up a huge portion of who I am and I feel incredibly privileged to have been able to record them and hopefully give them a new lease of life, which, quite frankly, is long overdue.”
Morgan Fisher (keyboardist Mott The Hoople 1973/1974 and also Mott and British Lions) expresses, "It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"
After supporting Mott The Hoople in 2009, Down ‘n’ Outz played the main stage of inaugural High Voltage festival at Victoria Park, London during the Summer of 2010. Following this memorable performance, they toured the UK as main support to Paul Rogers in 2011.