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Joe Elliott Show 30th December 2017 Playlist/Transcript (#385)

Joe Elliott 2015. By Chele Drappel

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott hosted another edition of his weekly radio show last night on Planet Rock.

This week's show included songs by Queen, Soundgarden and Tom Petty.

The full playlist is shown below and a full transcript.

The show is available until next Saturday using the On Demand feature. It is also repeated on Tuesdays at 9pm.

The Joe Elliott Show - 30th December 2017 Playlist (#385)

  • 01 - AC/DC - It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)
  • 02 - The Struts - One Night Only
  • 03 - Chuck Berry - Around And Around
  • 04 - Robert Plant - The May Queen
  • 05 - Glenn Campbell - Wichita Lineman
  • 06 - Soundgarden - Black Hole Sun
  • 07 - The Allman Brothers Band - Midnight Rider
  • 08 - Cheap Trick - Ain't That A Shame (Live 1978)
  • 09 - Down 'n' Outz - Storm (Live 2014)
  • 10 - Sparks - So Tell Me Mrs Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play
  • 11 - Queen - All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix)
  • 12 - Tom Petty - Runnin' Down A Dream

Show Intro

"Evening all, welcome once again to the Joe Elliott show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. In fact it is the last Joe Elliott show of the year 2017. And what a great year it has been for myself, for the band and hopefully for everybody out there listening tonight. And here is to a fantastic 2018 for everyone. Over the next sixty minutes or so I'm gonna be paying tribute to some of the people we have lost along the way this year and playing some new music that has tickled my fancy over the last 12 months or so. So to get this show started let's just say this. The best rock and roll mantra or lesson in life you could ever expect to hear pass through a singer's lips. This is the great Bon Scott. So of course this is AC/DC."


"Yes indeed It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) but it sure looks good from the floor and I bet it bothered Malcolm Young not one bit when he first put the band together all those years ago in 1973."

The Struts

"And from 1973 right up to the current year. This is The Struts."

"And before that we heard The Struts. Brand new music from The Struts this year. Come on boys we need the album asap. The song called One Night Only."

Chuck Berry

"Often covered and specifically I'm thinking here The Rolling Stones and David Bowie and The Spiders From Mars who recorded in in '72 when they were in the studio doing the Ziggy Stardust sessions and used it eventually as a B-Side for I believe John, I'm Only Dancing. That was of course thought the originator, the writer, the immortal Chuck Berry who we lost this year. The song is Around And Around."

Robert Plant

"One gentleman who did put an album out this year and never fails to deliver the goods was one Mr. Robert Plant CBE."

"And before that we heard Robert Plant from his brand new album Carry Fire with a fantastic song called The May Queen."

Glenn Campbell

"Now I know that's not what you would call natural Planet Rock fodder, but you never need an excuse to play a song that is that good. In fact so good that it's actually turned up in Guns N' Roses setlist this year. It is from the songbook of Mr. Jimmy Webb. And it's from another gentleman who we lost this year Mr. Glenn Campbell. The immortal Wichita Lineman and listen carefully to parts of that song and you'll hear where Bowie stole parts of it for Starman."

"It's time for a little break and when we come back, we're heading off into the Superunknown with Soundgarden."


"And before that Soundgarden Black Hole Sun."

The Allman Brothers Band

"And we tip our dusty old cowboy hats in honour of Mr. Greg Allman who also passed away this year. That is the Midnight Rider from the album Idlewild South. The Allman Brothers of course."

Cheap Trick

"OK just to change things up a little bit here's a couple of live tracks paying tribute to people that we lost along the way this year, but by different artists. First up we pay tribute to Fats Domino via Cheap Trick, and then after that we pay tribute to Pete 'Overend' Watts from Mott the Hoople via who else, the Down 'n' Outz."

"And before that we heard Cheap Trick from their legendary album Live At The Budokan. song by the equally legendary Fats Domino called Ain't That A Shame."

Down 'n' Outz

" From the recently released The Further Live Adventures Of The Down 'n' Outz. Oh and by the way featuring a fantastic guitar solo by Mr. Paul Guerin. I play that to pay my respects to Mr. Pete 'Overend' Watts who along with Morgan Fisher wrote that song. The song is called Storm."


"Now while the good folks at the Planet Rock magazine asked me to choose my favourite album of 2017, I actually chose the album Paranormal by Alice Cooper. But I'm not gonna play anything from it this week because as long as I have a show on the Planet Rock radio station I shall be playing tracks from Paranormal for quite a while to come. So I'm gonna play something else that I thought was wonderful, but maybe not the best album of the year, but certainly, not even a return to form as I actually said in the article. It's more like they just pulled out all the stops on this one. It's wonderful stuff. This is Sparks."

"And before that we heard Sparks from their recently released album Hippopotamus and what a great bit of work it is too. With the most brilliantly titled song So Tell Me Mrs Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play."


"One of my personal highlights of the year 2017 was being able to see Queen with Adam Lambert twice and pick up the 40th anniversary deluxe edition of the often overlooked album News Of The World. And I thought I'd better play something from it that you don't hear everyday. So finally we get to hear the Freddie Mercury sung version of the song All Dead, All Dead."

Show Outro

"I just hope that tonight's show hasn't bee to morbid. I just like to be able to pay my respects to musicians that we have lost over the last 12 months."

"Let's go out with a gentleman who when his passing was announced really knocked me for six. I'm talking about Tom Petty. From his album Full Moon Fever. This is Runnin' Down A Dream. Until next week see ya!."

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