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Joe Elliott Says Band To Play New Songs On UK Tour - Audio

Thursday, 2nd April 2015

Def Leppard 2015.
UK/Ireland Tour 2015

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was interviewed by Anton Savage of Today FM recently and he spoke about the UK tour.

Joe talked about Irish accents, the Down 'n' Outz/Louder beers, football, late Irish DJ Tony Fenton, the 2015 world tour, 2015 studio album, the live setlist, secret gigs, playing football in Lanzarote, the Hysteria Cruise and working with Taylor Swift.

Joe says the band will play new songs on the UK tour. As has been the tradition when new albums are released. Four songs were played from both the 2006 'YEAH!' album and the 2002 'X/Ten' album during the respective UK tours.

Listen to the full 16 minute interview below.

Visit the 2015 Tour News section. For more news on future tour plans.

The Anton Savage Show - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

New Songs Live?/On UK Tour

"Well we won't be playing any of the new stuff until the album's out. We'll definitely be playing some of it when we come here. Sure because what's the point of putting an album out if you're not gonna promote it. The problem is the industry is turned upside down you know there was a time we used to tour to promote an album. Now we kind of put an album out to promote a tour."

"And I think what you find is with any artists. If you are a new artist you can get away with playing new material a lot more than you can if you're an established artist. I mean let's be honest not many people are gonna hang around if McCartney or the Stones start playing 45 minutes of brand new music. Instead of Jumpin' Jack Flash or Lady Madonna you know. And it's rapidly becoming that way for us - I mean I remember seeing U2 once and it was a similar kind of situation. They were playing a lot of new songs and people were getting fidgety."

"I do believe that there's room within a two hour or 90 minute set or whatever to throw in two, three, four new songs. You just don't do 'em all at once."

"Three new songs out of 12 or 15 songs or whatever we've done live is fine. If we played the lot of them it just wouldn't work. It would work if we did a secret gig in Whelans. You know what I mean? that'd work. But to get up on stage with an entire show where people have come to be excited - familiarity is almost the most important ingredient at somewhere like the 3Arena." - or at Islington Academy?...

Really Considering a Secret Gig at Whelans? - (small venue in Dublin)

"Well if I was I'd have to kill you now, wouldn't I. But it wouldn't be a secret would it if I told you. Why do you guys always do this to me?. It wouldn't be a secret if I told you."