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DEF LEPPARD/JOE ELLIOTT's Speakeasy TV Interview Premiering Today (Video)

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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott's 2018 interview with David Fricke for Speakeasy TV is premiering in the USA today.

Joe first appeared on the show in July 2016 when he interviewed his hero Ian Hunter.

His second appearance on this show and first being interviewed is premiering in the USA from today on PBS TV.

View all seven of the clips posted to YouTube by Front And Center. Sadly the full show has not yet been posted online.

This new show (Season 4 Episode 2) featured Joe being interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine's David Fricke.

David wrote the only official biography of Def Leppard in 1987 title 'Animal Instinct'.

He hosted a radio show in 2017 for a South American radio station where he played the 'Hysteria' album in full.

The show was filmed at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on 18th May.

View fan photos and screenshots below.

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Speakeasy TV - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

You came up with the name Def Leppard spelled as it should be

"It sounded good, it looked silly. We didn't notice that it looked like Led Zeppelin. Whoops!."


"We always knew you were gonna be a superstar!, because when you learned to crawl the first thing you did was crawl to the radio to change the channel. You know and all I was interested in was music. Music would come on and I would get up and try and sing or dance or whatever. I had a little plastic guitar, like a Paul McCartney thing and I'd stand on this stool and do Love Me Do at the age of four apparently. I mean I don't remember this but I'm told I did. So I mean it was there."

First Job

"Yeah the factory that I used to work in all the windows. Every second or third window was broken and you'd drive past and just see these little holes that were blacker than the rest know the glass was grey and the holes were black. And you'd see it and it just looked depressing. Especially on a Thursday if it was overcast. They were the days that made you wanna be a rock star. When it's like you get there and you go fifty years?. That's what they expect me to do in this place?. No."

Rock And Roll On TV

"Any footage we'd seen of rock and roll was grey because it was basically black and white suits and any shade in between was grey 'cause you had a black and white TV and it was filmed in black and white. And then all of a sudden when Starman comes out. Or Metal Guru or Get It On. You know there's glitter on their faces and purple trousers. It's like wow!."


"You can't teach friendship. You can't teach loyalty. You can't teach..."

(David Fricke) - "You can't teach the mistakes that teach you what to do next."

"No. You can't teach the fact that some people belong together even if they don't wanna be together. Paul Simon's great. Art Garfunkel's great. Simon and Garfunkel is greater. But you know you can't tell..and I get why Oasis, The Kinks...brotherly love is the biggest problem."


"Oh we absolutely made it up as we went along. But based on the fact that we, we weren't privileged to this. But we thought it was our destiny to be the biggest band in the world. And nobody was gonna stop us. If you don't dream like that when you're 17 you're never going to."

Speakeasy TV - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

The Def Leppard front man opens up to Rolling Stone editor/author Fricke (Animal Instinct: The Def Leppard Story) about the band’s trajectory – from the teen hijinks of the band first conceived out of boredom as “Deaf Leopard” in post-war England through changes in the lineup and their continuing legacy headlining with opening acts that were once their aspirational idols. Elliott reveals what makes a great band, why a good rhyme trumps proper geography for a hit song, how modern rock training may be the worst thing for the future of rock music, Living with the spectre of Hysteria, and more. Filmed at the Iridium in New York City.

Joe Elliott On Speakeasy TV

Screenshots by dltourhistory.

18th May 2018 Joe Elliott Photos

Submitted by Chele Drappel.

Watch all the available video footage from this show on this YouTube playlist.

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