Def Leppard's Joe Elliott will produce the sophomore record by Black Star Riders, a band featuring former members of Thin Lizzy. Elliott previously worked on the 2011 reissue of Thin Lizzy's 1976 classic 'Jailbreak' album. The Def Leppard singer also produced the first two solo albums by Black Star Riders' Ricky Warwick, who joined Thin Lizzy as vocalist in 2010.
Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott is a devoted Mott the Hoople fan and has long carried the torch for the British icons and their fearless frontman Ian Hunter. Elliott, who’s been referred to as the band's “cultural ambassador,” formed a tribute band with the Quireboys in early 2009 called the Down ‘n’ Outz to play a one-time gig opening for Mott the Hoople at one of their five reunion concerts in England.
Def Leppard are gearing up for a UK trek with Motley Crue and while promoting the dates, Lep singer Joe Elliott did not hide the fact that he thinks that the Crue, once notorious for their wild, crazy and irreverent antics, all of which were detailed in 'The Dirt,' are a shadow of the partying bad boys they once were. But those aren't fightin' words that could make life on the road awkward! Elliott's statements are not as inflammatory as they might seem! Elliott was not being critical of the Crue or their behavior. Instead, he was comparing the then and the now.
Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott has responded to a group of fans requesting a more varied setlist during their 2011 tour. His replay is not likely to make them happy, however. In an interview with Spinner, Elliott calls one fan a 'f---ing idiot' before going on to describe the type of fan he does not want at his concerts.
After previously postponing six shows on their current North American tour due to the death of singer Joe Elliott's father, Def Leppard have now rescheduled five additional concerts. In addition, the band has canceled its scheduled appearance tomorrow (July 17) at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis.