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Joe Elliott On The 1994 Mick Ronson Tribute Show/Cybernauts

Thursday, 15th December 2016

Joe Elliott 2016.
Pic by Chele Drappel

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was interviewed in March by San Francisco radio ahead of the 2016 Summer tour.

Joe talked about the 2016 tour, the 2015 tour, Phil not wearing a shirt, the Down 'n' Outz, Cybernauts and the 2015 Mountain View, CA show.

He was promoting the recent show in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

Listen to the full 5 minute interview below.

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Lamont And Tonelli - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

The 2016 US Tour

"I'm at home I live in Dublin, Ireland and I'm just chilling out and getting ready for this big mammoth US tour that we're gonna do starting in May."

2015 Mountain View, CA Show

"Yeah we had Styx with us last year and it was one of the biggest crowds that we've ever had in that whole area. It was quite astonishing and very gratifying actually to be able to pull that many people in all these years later you know. It's what dreams are made of I suppose."

Down 'n' Outz/Cybernauts

"Well yes and no. I have a side project called the Down 'n' Outz which has got nothing to do with Bowie. It's something I put together that was all tied in with Mott The Hoople. When they reformed, they asked me to kind of work with them because I'd been promoting them as my favourite ever band. So I was like their cultural ambassador."

"But many, many years ago when Mick Ronson passed away in 1993. About a year, well a year to the day since has passing there was a memorial show and we were invited to perform because again all the kind of Bowie, Ronson, Spiders people/management etc knew that me and Phil were huge fans. So they asked, I mean no pressure, they asked me and Phil to step in and pretend to be Bowie and Ronson with the original Spiders From Mars rhythm section. Which was Woody Woodmansey and Trevor Bolder."

"And we played the legendary Hammersmith Odeon in London with the likes of Roger Taylor from Queen. Steve Harley from Cockney Rebel. There were all sorts of people on this bill but we were like the headline act if you like and we got to play all these Bowie songs that me and Phil grew up listening to. Songs from albums like Man Who Sold The World, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and things like that. And it was so much fun of course we recorded it. The BBC recorded it but I kinda got the rights to do the mix and then once we'd released it people round the world started making kind of you know approaches to us to play these shows."

"And eventually we ended up doing a little mini tour. Three years later they were, Mick's home town of Hull, they were building a stage in a park with a memorial stage for him. So they wanted us to open it. So we didn't want to just play for 30 minutes again. We wanted to do some real shows. So we recorded a live album in Dublin. We went and did a Japanese tour and we only played about ten times. But it was fun to do and there's a CD. You'll probably get it on eBay because it's never been officially released other than through the website. So there's about 2,000 copies of it knocking around. One day I'd like to revisit it and put it out properly but it's just a historical piece that's long lost in the archives somewhere at the moment."

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