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Watch Joe Elliott's Ian Hunter Speakeasy Interview Online Now

Wednesday, 11th January 2017





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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott interviewed Ian Hunter in July 2016 and the Speakeasy TV special is now available online.

The Season 2 episode of PBS television show Speakeasy began airing on PBS TV in the USA from 13th November 2016.

The 57 minute interview can now be viewed online having been posted on YouTube by the speak-easy.tv website.

The full episode is being streamed online from 11th to 20th January.

Joe interviews his musical hero Ian Hunter about his life in music, his early days, his time with Mott The Hoople, song writing, David Bowie, vinyl records/box sets and his long post-Mott solo career.

Ian Hunter released a 30 plus disc box set of his solo albums in September 2016 called 'Stranded In Reality'.

He is also released a new studio album called 'Fingers Crossed' around the same time featuring 'Dandy', a tribute to David Bowie who wrote Mott's 'All The Young Dudes'. As sung by Joe on 8th January at the 'Celebrating David Bowie' concert in London.

View a photo gallery below which was first posted in November along with Joe's quotes about the event from July.

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The special event was taped before a live audience on 12th July at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in New York.

Joe talked about the experience of interviewing his idol on his radio show shortly after the event.

Joe Elliott - Introduction

"Good evening and welcome to Speakeasy. This is not something I do everyday. In fact normally I'm sat in that chair being interviewed but tonight I actually get to interview somebody that I've grown up listening to since I was 12 years old. Let's not go that far back!. But his music has influenced me and been a big part of my life for over 45 years. Since I first heard the band he was originally in. Not his first ever band, but the first band I ever discovered him in, Mott The Hoople. I heard them on Radio Luxembourg in 1971 and I was hooked. I've been hooked ever since and I've been very fortunate to meet the gentleman over the years and get to know him and we've become very good friends. Ladies and Gentleman Mr. Ian Hunter."

View the full interview on this YouTube playlist.

Speakeasy Videos 2016.

An Intimate Conversation With Joe Elliott/Ian Hunter - Description

"Joe Elliott, best known as the lead singer and frontman of the legendary rock band Def Leppard is used to being on the receiving end of interviews. In this episode of Speakeasy the tables have turned and Elliott is the one asking the questions of famed singer/songwriter Ian Hunter."

"Elliott first met Hunter in 1977, when he snuck backstage at a festival in Europe. It was not until years later that they would form a bond and friendship that would endure. Hunter first achieved commercial success as the lead singer of English rock band Mott the Hoople before continuing his career as a solo artist. In this intimate conversation, the duo speak about the power of music, the resurgence of vinyl/box sets, and their respective relationships with David Bowie."

Joe Elliott/Ian Hunter - Photos

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Joe Elliott/Ian Hunter - Photos

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16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

The Joe Elliott Show - 16th July 2016 Quotes

Ian Hunter/TV Interview

"Now we've been based in New York for the last few days before we got here. And it was a crazy time as you can imagine New York always is."

"But one of the things that I did was interview Ian Hunter for a TV special that's coming out in October. So I had to play the role of Graham Norton, Walter Kronkite, David Frost, it was kind of bizarre. But it was fun to do and I have been given permission to play this song. I think it's actually already available. From a box set that's coming out in September called Stranded In Reality. This is an out-take from the 2001 album Rant. And it is fantastic. This is called A Little Rock 'N' Roll."

Free/Ian Hunter

"During said interview with Ian Hunter. He mentioned that that is his favourite ever Free song and you could kind of see why. It has a very similar groove to stuff like Ready For Love. Which Mott did on the Dudes album which was re-recorded by Bad Company on their first album. Mick Ralphs obviously a big fan of Paul Kossoff. But that is Free there from an album called Free At Last. The song Catch A Train."

"And before that Ian Hunter with an out-take from the 2001 Rant album and it is strange when sometimes you've got these songs and you don't think that they warrant to be on the album. But then you hear them 15 years later and go wow that's actually quite good. It's from a box set that is 32 discs. It's 30 CDs, two DVDs. Ian Hunter's entire solo career called Stranded In Reality out in September."

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