Tag: Joe Elliott

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Joseph Thomas Elliott, Jr. (born 1 August 1959) is an English singer-songwriter and musician, best known as the lead singer of the English rock band Def Leppard. He has also been the lead singer of the David Bowie tribute band the Cybernauts and the Mott the Hoople cover band Down ‘n’ Outz. He is one of the two original members of Def Leppard and one of the three to perform on every Def Leppard album. Elliott is known for his distinctive wide ranging, raspy voice.

Joseph Thomas Elliott Jr. was born in Sheffield and was educated at King Edward VII School. Elliott met Pete Willis; a member of a local band called Atomic Mass; in November 1977 after missing a bus. Upon finding out that they were both musicians, Elliott met the rest of the Atomic Mass members. The band spent hours talking and listening to records in Elliott’s bedroom. Elliott tried out as a guitarist and, though the band had not heard Elliott sing, they were impressed by “his attitude and his ideas about being in a band” and he became the band’s vocalist instead. The other members also took Elliott’s suggestion to change their name to “Deaf Leopard.” Elliott had invented the name for the band in youth. Tony Kenning suggested they change the band name to “Def Leppard” to distinguish them from contemporary punk bands like The Flying Lizards and Boomtown Rats. The band claims that any apparent similarity of the name Led Zeppelin to Def Leppard was unintentional. Elliott soon became an integral part of the band while also contributing his songwriting skills.

As a songwriter, Elliott has drawn from his eclectic tastes in music (ranging from pop-rock to folk) as sources of inspiration. He has noted that the lyrics to Def Leppard’s music are rarely personal; they are meant to be easily accessible to the listener. He also plays guitar and drums as well as piano and electronic keyboard.

Elliott currently hosts a radio show on Planet Rock radio on Saturday nights. – Wikipedia

Feature Year: 1983 9am / 9pm ET

1983January 1 – The Merchant Ivory film Heat and Dust is released. On the soundtrack, composed by Zakir Hussain, Ivory is featured on tanpura with Hussain (who also appeared in the film) on tabla.
January 8 – The UK singles chart is tabulated from this week forward by The Gallup Organization. In 1984 electronic terminals will be used in selected stores to gather sales information, and the old “sales diary” method will be gradually phased out over the next few years.
February 2 – “Menudomania” comes to New York as 3,500 screaming girls crowd Kennedy Airport to catch a glimpse of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, who are playing six sold-out shows at the Felt Forum.
February 11 – The Rolling Stones concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together opens in New York.
February 13 – Marvin Gaye performs The Star-Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game.
February 26 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller album hits #1 on the US charts, the first of thirty-seven (non-consecutive) weeks it would spend there on its way to becoming the biggest-selling album of all time.
February 28 – U2 releases their 3rd album War which debuts at #1 in the UK and produces the band’s first international hit single.
March 2 – Compact discs go on sale in the United States. They had first been released in Japan the previous October.
March 4 – Neil Young cancels the remainder of his tour after collapsing backstage in Louisville, Kentucky, after playing for seventy-five minutes.
April – A Generative Theory of Tonal Music by Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff is published.
April 5 – US Interior Secretary James G. Watt causes controversy when he effectively bans the Beach Boys from a return performance at the Fourth of July festivities in Washington, announcing that Wayne Newton would perform instead. Watt claims that rock bands attract “the wrong element”. That same week President Reagan, himself an avowed Beach Boys fan, presents Watt with a plaster foot with a hole in it, symbolizing that Watt had shot himself in the foot.
April 11 – Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica just as the band is set to begin recording its début album. He is replaced by Kirk Hammett.
April 18 – Ellen Taaffe Zwilich becomes the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
May – Singer Anna Vissi marries composer Nikos Karvelas.
May 16 – The Motown 25 Special airs on NBC, celebrating a quarter century of Motown Records. The most talked-about performance is by Michael Jackson, who unveils his famous moonwalk dance move during an electrifying performance of “Billie Jean”.
May 28-30 and June 4 – The second US Festival is held at Glen Helen Park in California.
June 18-19 – Menudo’s second visit to New York is an even bigger event. This time, the band plays four shows at Madison Square Garden; all 80,000 available tickets had sold out within three days of going on sale.
June 20 – Catalunya Ràdio begins broadcasting.
July 19 – Simon and Garfunkel begin their North American summer tour in Akron, Ohio.
July 21 – Diana Ross performs a filmed concert in Central Park in pouring rain; eventually the storm forces her to postpone the rest of the concert till next day.
July 29 – Friday Night Videos is broadcast for the first time on NBC.
August 5 – David Crosby is sentenced to five years in prison on charges of drug and weapon possession by a judge in Dallas, Texas.
August 16 – Johnny Ramone suffers a near-fatal head injury during a fight over a girl in front of his East Village apartment. Singer Paul Simon marries actress Carrie Fisher.
August 20 – The Rolling Stones sign a new $28 million contract with CBS Records, the largest recording contract in history up to this time.
September 1 – Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash issue a press statement announcing that Mick Jones has been fired from the group.
September 4 – Phil Lynott performs his final show with Thin Lizzy in Nuremberg, Germany.
September 7 – During a Def Leppard concert in Tucson, Arizona, frontman Joe Elliott refers to the previous night’s venue, El Paso, Texas, as “that place with all the greasy Mexicans”. As word of the remark gets out, the band faces boycotts from various radio stations and Mexican-American community leaders.
September 18 – The members of Kiss show their faces without their makeup for the first time on MTV, simultaneous with the release of their album Lick It Up.
September 20 – The first ARMS Charity Concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
September 30 – Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott apologizes on an El Paso radio station for the racial slur he made while referring to the city on September 7. The band later follows up the apology with donations to Hispanic charities.
November 26 – Quiet Riot’s Metal Health album tops the US album charts, the first heavy metal album to hit #1 in America. This commercial breakthrough confirms the ascendancy of “glam metal”, which will remain popular with American youth for the next eight years.
December – The Uday-Ustav Festival, a tribute to Uday Shankar, is staged at the instigation of Uday’s younger brother, Ravi Shankar.
December 2 – Michael Jackson’s extravagant 14-minute music video for Thriller is premièred on MTV.
December 2 – Phish plays first known show.
December 31 – The twelfth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Culture Club, Rick James, Laura Branigan, Barry Manilow, Mary Jane Girls and David Frizzell.


Artist Countdown: Def Leppard Top 50 Hits 7pm ET @def_leppard @RadioMax

DefLeppardDef Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals). This is the band’s longest-standing line-up.

The band’s strongest commercial success came between the early 1980s and the early 1990s. Their 1981 album High ‘n’ Dry was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange, who helped them begin to define their style, and the album’s stand out track “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” became one of the first metal videos played on MTV in 1982. The band’s next studio album Pyromania in 1983, with the lead single “Photograph”, turned Def Leppard into a household name. In 2003, the album ranked number 384 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Def Leppard’s fourth album Hysteria, released in 1987, topped the U.S. and UK album charts. As of 2009 it has 12x platinum sales in the United States, and has gone on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. The album spawned seven singles, including the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one “Love Bites”, alongside “Pour Some Sugar on Me”, “Hysteria”, “Armageddon It”, “Animal”,”Rocket”, and “Women”

Their next studio album Adrenalize (the first following the death of guitarist Steve Clark) reached number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and UK Album Chart in 1992, and contained several hits including, “Let’s Get Rocked” and “Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”. Their 1993 album Retro Active contained the acoustic hit song “Two Steps Behind”, while their greatest hits album Vault released in 1995 featured the new track “When Love & Hate Collide“.

As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Def Leppard have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA diamond certification, Pyromania and Hysteria. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. The band were ranked No. 31 in VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” and ranked No. 70 in “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Let’s Get Rocked
2 Love Bites
3 Rocket
4 Animal
5 Pour Some Sugar on Me
6 Make Love Like a Man
7 Two Steps Behind
8 When Love & Hate Collide
9 Have You Ever Needed Someone
10 Armageddon It
11 Hysteria
12 Now
13 Rock of Ages
14 Work It Out
15 Photograph
16 Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)
17 Promises
18 Tonight
19 Foolin’
20 Action
21 Heaven Is
22 Miss You in a Heartbeat
23 Slang
24 Women
25 Too Late for Love
26 Paper Sun
27 Desert Song
28 Elected
29 Day After Day
30 Comin’ Under Fire
31 Four Letter Word
32 Billy’s Got a Gun
33 Let It Go
34 All I Want Is Everything
35 Long, Long Way to Go
36 Action! Not Words
37 Breathe a Sigh
38 Hello America
39 Goodbye
40 Wasted
41 Rock Brigade
42 Bringin’ On the Heartbreak
43 21st Century Sha La La La Girl
44 Back in Your Face
45 No Matter What
46 Rock On
47 20th Century Boy
48 Nine Lives (ft. Tim McGraw)
49 Undefeated
50 It’s All About Believin’