DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT Dedicates Radio Show To EDDIE VAN HALEN (Playlist/Transcript)
Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott hosted another edition of his weekly radio show on Planet Rock tonight and dedicated it to Eddie Van Halen.
This week's show included songs by Van Halen, Montrose and Led Zeppelin.
Joe paid tribute to Eddie Van Halen following his death on 6th October.
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 - 10th October 2020 Playlist
"Greetings everybody and welcome once again to The Joe Elliott Show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. It's always a pleaure to be with you. Tinged albeit it this week with a certain amount of sadness for obvious reasons if you are a fan of fantastic guitar playing. Hence this next song needing no introduction whatsoever."
"Two songs back to back there that need no introduction whatsoever. You Really Got Me originally a massive hit for The Kinks. Written and recorded by them in the mid 60s. That version we just heard from the debut 1978 album by Van Halen. That was preceded, as it is on the record, by that magnificent bit of work called Eruption which was played the the late great Eddie Van Halen who we very sadly lost just a few days ago at the tender age of 65 after a very long and arduous battle with cancer."
"I can't believe that we're not gonna ve hearing any more music from Eddie Van Halen. Unless of course they've kept some stuff back in the vaults and we can look forward to that in years to come."
"I'm gonna feature a lot of guitarists on this week's show. It's gonna be like a guitar hero show. I wanted to be able to play some stuff that maybe Eddie Van Halen influenced and some stuff that influenced Eddie Van Halen."
"We are gonna be hearing later on in the show some more Van Halen. But for right now here's Jimi Hendrix."
" And before that Jimi Hendrix of course. A massive influence on just about every guitar player there is. With Voodoo Child (Slight Return)."
"You know a long time before they signed their record deal. And by the way worth noting here they were brought to the attention of Warner Brothers by one Mr. Gene Simmons from KISS who actually produced their original demo. So well done Gene. But before they singed to Warner Brothers they used to play what in America is called back yard barbecue parties. And they would just turn up for 25 dollars and play somebodies 21st birthday party. Maybe 30, 40 people. Can you imagine being one of those guests?.."
"While they were doing those shows they were picking from a repertoire of over 300 songs. So most of the stuff that we're gonna hear tonight was quite possibly played by Van Halen in those days before they became a very very popular band. Two of the songs we just heard there for example they definitely played. We just heard from 1971 the Fireball album. Deep Purple the song The Mule."
"Now here's a guitar hero not so much known as a speed merchant. More for his tasty licks. This is Mick Ronson."
"And before that Mick Ronson from his second solo album in 1975. The album is Play Don't Worry. The song Angel No. 9."Jeff Beck
"Undeniably one of the greatest rock guitarists to ever pick up an axe. That is Jeff Beck. A tune written by Jimmy Page. It is taken from the Truth album. And it's called Beck's Bolero."
"You are listening to The Joe Elliott Show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. It's time for a little break, and when we come back, a band that were such an influence on Van Halen. Not only did they use the same producer, they also eventually would work with the singer."
"And before that we heard from their debut album in 1973 Montrose. Produced by Ted Templeman as were the first four Van Halen albums I believe. Featuring the wonderful singer Mr. Sammy Hagar who would go on to join Van Halen in the mid 80s. The song we just heard Space Station No. 5."
"Mad, crazy, brilliant stuff there from Van Halen. From the album Fair Warning we just heard Unchained. What a riff."
"I mentioned at the top of the show being influence by Eddie Van Halen. I think this next guitar player definitely falls under that category.Their styles were very similar. I am talking about the late great Randy Rhoads. Here in Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz."
"And before that we heard Ozzy Osbourne. Or Blizzard Of Ozz as they were actually named at the time. Featuring the wonderful Randy Rhoads who we had the great pleasure of playing with with Ozzy in 1981 when Def Leppard were out in the States promoting the High 'n' Dry album. What a lovely guy. Do you know that Randy Rhoads when he got into town would actually look up in the yellow pages classical guitar teachers or tutors and go and go and have a guitar lesson. And he was that good and he was that understated. Lovely lovely man. The song we heard Crazy Train."
"Well you couldn't really do a guitar heroes type show without playing Jimmy Page could ya. That is Led Zeppelin from their debut album way back in 1968 with How More Many Times."
"And that my friends on a show which has been a bit of a tip of the hat to all guitar heroes, but specifically to the late great Eddie Van Halen who we lost just a few days ago. He will be sadly missed. But we do have his music for all time."
Until next week I'm gonna leave you with this. And this is where I came in with Van Halen. In 1978 when I heard this song, this was a jaw dropping moment. From their debut album this is Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love. 'Till next week rest in peace Eddie Van Halen."
Joe Elliott - Statement On Eddie Van Halen October 2020
"I saw Van Halen destroy Sabbath at the Sheffield City Hall in 1977 … Eddie was a big part of that, having essentially reinvented guitar playing just like Jimi Hendrix had done a generation earlier… I had the pleasure of being on the same bill as Van Halen 7 years ago when Kings Of Chaos were on the same bill at the Stone Music Festival in Australia. I’m happy to say that his playing that night was as good as it’s ever been, he certainly shook things up when he came on the scene …. Rest In Peace Eddie"
Note - That show was Van Halen's first ever in England and actually took place on 16th May 1978. Phil Collen would attend their 22nd October 1978 show at Rainbow Theatre in London which was their first ever UK headline show (at the time still a member of pre-Girl band Dumb Blondes).
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