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The JOE ELLIOTT Show 13th April 2019 Playlist/Transcript

Joe Elliott 2018. 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 UFO, Scorpions and Girl.

The show was dedicated to the band UFO following their recent retirement announcement.

NOTE - Since Joe recorded his show it has been announced that one member of UFO has passed away following the gig that Joe mentions below (5th April in London). The band announced yesterday that guitarist Paul Raymond has passed away.

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 - 13th April 2019 Playlist

  • 01 - UFO - Hot And Ready
  • 02 - Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
  • 03 - Montrose - Rock The Nation
  • 04 - Scorpions - Lovedrive
  • 05 - Lone Star - A Million Stars
  • 06 - UFO - Love To Love
  • 07 - Girl - My Number
  • 08 - The Quireboys - Seven Deadly Sins
  • 09 - Rainbow - Man On The Silver Mountain
  • 10 - Rush - Finding My Way
  • 11 - UFO - Doctor Doctor

Show Intro

"Evening all and welcome once again and welcome to The Joe Elliott Show right here on the wonderful Planet Rock. We've got in store for you tonight a little bit of a different show. Yes sixty minutes of great music, but I'm gonna feature a band tonight that were a massive influence on a fledgling Def Leppard in the late 70s. They played probably their last ever gig in London last weekend. They've announced their retirement. I'm gonna feature them all the way through the show plus bands that they have been connected to strongly. Sometimes just tentatively. Either way please be upstanding for UFO."


"Yes it's hard to imagine a life without UFO but we will always have their magnificent back catalogue to lean on. There from the 1978 album Obsession are said band with the opening track, of side two back in those days, Hot And Ready."

Thin Lizzy

"Now this next song has got no connection whatsoever to UFO except for the five young kids that had just started a band in Sheffield in 1977. And they'd gone on a boating holiday in the Norfolk Broads in the summer on '78 and what did we see on a pub wall?. An advert for a band playing the Ipswich Gaumont. That band were UFO. We went to that gig. It was that good that Steve Clark threatened to leave Def Leppard unless we started actually playing shows because all we'd ever done for the six months that he'd been in the band was rehearse, So we hurriedly arranged a show at Westfield School in July of 1978. Played an entire set of our own songs that went down like a three headed monster. But then we came out and played this for an encore and started going down quite well."

"And before that Thin Lizzy. Title track of their 1976 album. It is the 2011 remix that was done by yours truly with Scott Gorham and Brian Downey of course. The song Jailbreak."


"So what is the connection with that band to UFO I hear you ask?. Well back in 1975 when I left school I started working in a factory and on the same day so did this other young kid who is still my friend to this day. His name is Colin and I was big into Montrose and he wanted to hear them and he said well I've got a band that you might like and he was big into UFO. So he lent me Phenomenon and I lent him that particular record. It is the debut album from Montrose back in 1973. That's the remastered version from 2017 with all the bonus tracks it's fantastic. The song we heard Rock The Nation."


" OK so that's how my love for UFO began. How did it continue. Well when they had members come and go you kind of followed the splinter and when Michael Schenker went to work with his brother of course you were gonna listen. This is the Scorpions."

"And before that we heard the title track of the Scorpions 1979 album Lovedrive which featured and apparently was written by Michael Schenker."

Lone Star

"Two songs back to back there both featuring ex-guitar players of UFO. We just heard A Million Stars featuring Paul Chapman on guitar from the debut album back in 1976 purely called Lone Star."


"You are listening to the Joe Elliott Show on Planet Rock. It's a kind of UFO special this week. We're gonna take a little break, and when we come back, it's lights out for one of the classiest things that they ever recorded."


"And before that we heard Girl from the Sheer Greed album who I saw supporting UFO back in 1979 I believe it was. And it was the night that I bonded with Phil Collen because him and Phil Lewis stayed at my mum and dad's house instead of going back to their hotel and we got on like a house on fire. And well the rest is history."

The Quireboys

"Very close to my heart indeed because 50 percent of that band are Down 'n' Outers when we go out down and outing. They are of course The Quireboys from their brand new album Amazing Disgrace. That's the new single Seven Deadly Sins. Their connection to UFO?. Well once upon a long time ago Nigel Mogg was a member of The Quireboys. He of course is cousin to Phil Mogg singer in UFO."


"Now UFO are of course what we like to refer to in a good was as old school. In other words they toured and they toured and they toured. And they toured with a lot of bands including this crowd."

"And before that Rainbow. A band who Def Leppard and UFO opened for. The only time that we ever played a gig with UFO was opening for Rainbow in a bull ring in Barcelona. But there from the Catch The Rainbow collection we just heard Man On The Silver Mountain."


"I remember a really funny review back in 1979 in I'm guessing Sounds magazine. So I'm guessing Geoff Barton did it. Of a Rush gig where UFO were opening up and Rush were on stage in three to four feet of dry ice and I'm guessing they must of been in the middle of doing Xanadu when Phil Mogg and Pete Way crawled through the dry ice and nailed pink bunny slippers right next to Alex Lifeson's wah wah pedals. Oh to have been a fly on the wall when all that dry ice dissipated. There from their debut album is Rush from 1973 with Finding My Way. "

Show Outro

"And that my friends on this sort of UFO special is about it for this week. It's been a real pleasure as always. But it's been an extra special pleasure revisiting some of these songs and some of these stories. And can I just add to the members of UFO past and present thanks guys for your service. You really were an inspiration to a lot of people."

"So on that note I'm gonna leave you with the first song by UFO that I ever heard. From 1974 the album Phenomenon this is Doctor Doctor. Until next week see ya!."

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