Sunday, 19th March 2017
Pic 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 Mick Ronson, Queen and Pink Floyd.
The show included a Mick Ronson song from 1994 which Joe sang co-lead vocals on. One of four songs he contributed to as well as mixed for Mick's last solo album 'Heaven And Hull', including the single 'Don't Look Down'.
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 - 18th March 2017 Playlist (#344)
- 01 - Utopia - Overture: Mountaintop And Sunrise
- 02 - Mick Ronson - Take A Long Line (Ft. Joe Elliott/Ian Hunter)
- 03 - Blue Oyster Cult - The Revenge Of Vera Gemini
- 04 - Steve Winwood - Can't Find My Way Home
- 05 - Pink Floyd - Learning To Fly
- 06 - Queen - Brighton Rock
- 07 - Foo Fighters - Sean
- 08 - Cheap Trick - No Direction
- 09 - The Move - Beautiful Daughter
- 10 - Sensational Alex Harvey Band - River Of Love
- 11 - 10CC - Silly Love
- 12 - Status Quo - Caroline (Live)
"Evening all and welcome once again to the Joe Elliott show on Planet Rock. The best radio station in the world. It is coming to you this week once again from Joe's Garage in a very blustery and windy Dublin, Ireland. Blustery and windy out there, nice, calm ans serene in the studio. Let's head off to a land that's not so much calm and serene as completely over the top and epic. To the land of Ra. This is Utopia."
Todd Rundgren's Utopia
"That is Utopia featuring the magnificent talents of one Mr. Todd Rundgren from the album Ra 1977 with the incredibly titled Overture: Mountaintop And Sunrise / Communion With The Sun. What a mouthful."
"Right, what do you get when you put two Yorkshireman together doing a pretty shouty duet. Featuring a Cockney from Shropshire on the chorus. Covering a long lost Aussie Punk classic?. Well, you get this."
"And before that Mick Ronson from his posthumous 1994 album Heaven And Hull with a song called Take A Long Line. Originally recorded by an Australian band called the Saints. There featuring Mick and yours truly on lead vocals with Ian Hunter screaming out the chorus."
Blue Oyster Cult
"Many moons ago there used to be a great rock club on at the Sheffield Top Rank every Sunday night called Improvisions. Some fantastic bands came through town. But there was also a great house DJ. A guy from Manchester called Charlie who used to spin some great records and he introduced us to that particular band. Or should I say, he expanded our knowledge of Blue Oyster Cult 'cause all we'd ever heard was Don't Fear The Reaper, but he introduced us to the album Agents Of Fortune and there from said album was The Revenge Of Vera Gemini."
"Now the term supergroup can really put somebody off a band, because what is it with supergroups?. That they seem to implode after only one album. Take a band like Blind Faith for example who did exactly that. Born out of the likes of Cream, Traffic and Family. With musicianship as stellar as Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech. They just disappeared, fell out, just imploded. They did make that one record in 1969 that has become a classic. One of their best songs ever is a song called Can't Find My Way Home. It went through a lot of incarnations, and the version that you're familiar with, we're not gonna play. Here's one that you may not know so well."
"And before that from an albums these days, its a bonus track on the Blind Faith album, but it's also on a Steve Winwood box set called The Finer Things. We heard the electric version of a fantastic tune called Can't Find My Way Home."
"I saw them at the Giants Stadium in New York in 1988 when Def Leppard just happened to have a day off in New York and Pink Floyd were playing that particular night. Some of their crew knew some of our crew and we were in. And we were in with 65/70,000 other people and what a great show it was. They had all the toys. The pig, the bed, the aeroplane. They also had some great songs. They played entire Dark Side Of The Moon album and quite a lot of stuff from what was their current album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. Including the one we just heard there Learning To Fly."
NOTE - Pink Floyd played two shows at Giants Stadium on 3rd/4th June 1988. Def Leppard were staying in New York having played on 2nd June in New Jersey and then resumed the Hysteria tour onin Moncton, Canada.
"You are listening to the Joe Elliott show on the very wonderful Planet Rock. It is time for a little break and when we come back, we're heading off to the seaside with Fred, Brian, Roger and John."
"And before that we heard the mighty Queen from the album Sheer Heart Attack in 1974. The opening track in fact, Brighton Rock."
"Now I must confess I don't know the back story of that particular track. I can only sumise that he's a friend of Dave Grohl's. The particular chap that he's singing about. From their Saint Cecelia EP from a few years ago that's the Foo Fighters with a song called Sean."
"Now this next band have never been shy to admit who their biggest influences were. One of which we will hear directly after this. This is Cheap Trick."
"Cheap Trick, from their brand new album Bang, Zoom, Crazy... Hello we heard the song No Direction."
"From their 1970 album Shazam that is a song called Beautiful Daughter by The Move who were an enormous influence on the band that we heard directly before that song."
Sensational Alex Harvey Band
"Well if it's a direction you're looking for boys, you could always swim up the river of love with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band."
"And before that the Sensational Alex Harvey Band from the album The Impossible Dream with River Of Love."
"A band known more for its kind of arty output but they could rock when they wanted to. Proof right there from their 1972 album Sheet Music. That is 10CC with a song called Silly Love."
"And that my friends is about it for this week. It's been a pleasure as always. I shall be back with you next week god willing at the same time."
"Until then let's end this week's show with one of the greatest ways to start a live performance. This is Status Quo and the live version of Caroline. Until next week see ya!."
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