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DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT Says No Down 'n' Outz Tour Until November 2020

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Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was recently interviewed by US radio about the new Down 'n' Outz album This Is How We Roll.

Joe spoke to iHeartRadio's AskAnythingChat website to promote the new Down 'n' Outz This Is How We Roll album.

Joe talked about making the This Is How We Roll album, Birthday Parties, Being Part Of People's Lives, Down 'n' Outz Tattoos, This Is How We Roll Album Recording, Down 'n' Outz 2020 Tour, This Is How We Roll Album Title and Hidden Talents of band members.

Joe said it's highly unlikely that the Down 'n' Outz will tour until at least November 2020 due to conflicting schedules. he had previously said "a handful" of tour dates might be likely before Def Leppard's North American tour starts in early Summer.

Watch the full 8 minute interview below.

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Visit the Album News section for more news on new music (based on band member quotes).

Ask Anything Chat - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes - (Transcribed by dltourhistory)


"Hi I'm Joe Elliott from the Down 'n' Outz. Thanks for watching My Nights With Alice Cooper Ask Anything Chat. Thanks to Alice of course and to United Stations for having me on to talk about the new album This Is How We Roll."

Question 1/Vision For The Album?

"OK David from Jackson in Mississippi did I have a vision for this album?. Well, yes and no. We weren't really sure what kind of record we were gonna make, but we were always gonna make a third album."

"I think the initial conversations over a couple of pints of beer were 'OK a third album of covers?.' Who would we cover?. Wings?. 10CC? ELO?. I don't know. And then we moved on to like why don't we actually write some songs. So I said OK give me a couple of months and I'll see what I can come up with."

"And I basically ended up writing a ton of songs on the piano. Which gave this album it's kind of identity of something very different to what Def Leppard would do. So there was always a vision up here. I just had to kind of whirl it round a little bit before it kind of became obvious how I wanted ti to be."

Question 2/Best Birthday Parties?

"Fran from Columbus, Ohio asks who has the best birthday parties?. Well probably Keith Moon did back in the 70s. I have decent ones, but only about every ten years. I don't really know many people who throw birthday parties. And if they did they're normally on tour. You know Viv's birthday was on tour. My birthday would have ben on tour. It was Rick Allen's birthday a few days ago. We weren't together."

"So when it comes to my world me!. I throw the best birthday parties."

Question 3/Being Part Of People's Lives

"Sherry from Fayetteville asks how does it feel to be a huge part of people's lives?. Well I suppose it's quite flattering really. And it also sounds quite narcissistic to say this, but it's all you've kind of crave. As a musician you start out as a teenager watching other people do it and then as a late teenager into your early 20s if you're lucky you actually start doing it. And then you wanna keep doing it forever. Like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and Paul McCartney. And the Aerosmith's and the AC/DC's and the Bon Jovi's of this world."

"It's flattering. It's absolutely flattering. To be around for 42 years and still be able to sell the amount of tickets we sell and we seem to be as important as people hold us or the kind of regard that we're held in is an astonishing feat. And it makes you feel all kind of tingly and warm inside."

Question 4/Down 'n' Outz Tattoos

"Christine from Kansas City asks whose got the best tattoos in the Down 'n' Outz?."

"To my knowledge there's only myself and Phil Martini the drummer's that's got any. Share, Shaz has got some. I'd say probably Share, the bass player. She's probably got the best tattoos because she's a girl so they look even more cool on her."

Question 5/This Is How We Roll Album Recording

"Jessica from Wichita asks what inspired us to go back into the studio to record this third album This Is How We Roll."

"Well the fact is that we just, you know, we are now a legitimate side band for myself and for everybody else. When we do have a few spare minutes we lie to get together and make music. We've made two records. We've done the Mott The Hoople tribute thing. to death. I really really, once we got our head round the idea of doing it, wanted to make an album that would stand on its own two feet."

"And show that there's more to this band than just covering other people's songs. So yeah I think the inspiration to just see what we could do. It's just the challenge. I've got one aspect of working with Def Leppard. And then I've got the other aspect of working with the Down 'n' Outz and they're two very different scenarios. Even though the music is still under the umbrella of rock and roll."

"You can't imagine a Def Leppard writing session round a piano. But there was lots of them on the Down 'n' Outz. And that's the distinguishing difference between the two. So it's just a kind of an ambition and to just see what you can come up with."

Question 6/Down 'n' Outz 2020 Tour?

"Erika from Miami asks will there be a 2020 Down 'n' Outz tour?."

"The simple answer to that is mmmm probably not. When you say a tour and a tour that would go as far as Miami. It's highly unlikely, but we always say never say never."

"I've actually just been filling in sheets of paper with the little squares numbered 1 to 31 with the months above them. And putting big red crosses where nobody's available and the whole thing is filled with red crosses."

"So the earliest that we could possibly do any shows is November 2020. Which will be a good 13 months since this album came out. If something rears it's head and it seems doable then it's always a possibility. But it would more than likely be a UK tour."

Question 7/This Is How We Roll Album Title

"Kelly from Knoxville pretty much asking where did we get the name pf the album title from, This Is How We Roll. The story behind the actual phrase, not that I invented it by any means. It's kind of a common enough statement. But the band were in Sheffield and my birth town watching back a private showing of the first ever gig that we played back in 20099 at Hammersmith Odeon. Which was at the time gonna be the only gig that we ever played."

"So we had it filmed for prosperity. It did eventually come out as a very limited release on DVD. And we were watching the private screening of it in a bar and Guy Griffin the rhythm guitarist snuggled up next to me with a whiskey in his hand and he just kind of nudged me and he just pointed at the screen and he said 'This is how we roll'."

"And I just made a mental note thinking that's a great phrase. And when I wrote the song and I managed to get that to fit in the chorus pretty well. It just became logical because the story itself is about how the band met. How we got together. Like the opening line 'Thrown together like rats in a cage."

"They were a suggestion to be my backing band. And I didn't pick them. It was just like these guys will work with ya and I went OK let's see how it works out. So it was a blind date if you like. Which was a lot of fun and worked out pretty well 'cause ten years later. here we still are together. Or the majority of us."

"And once the song came together and the song was the story of the band. And this album is a self written album. It just seemed logical that we would call the album, name of that song and that would become the title track. So the album became This Is How We Roll because this is literally how we roll. This is what we do."

Question 8/Hidden Talents?

"Rose from Toronto is asking if there are any hidden talents in the Down 'n' Outz band?. No I think all their musical talents are on, they're right on the surface because they're all phenomenally great musicians and such a pleasure to work with. Paul Guerin the lead guitarist is a practical joker. Who likes to, one example. Break into somebody's hotel room, lay under their bed for a good seven or eight hours motionless until they come into their room and then pretty much just scream Boo! when they turn the lights off as he did to Keith the keyboard player. Who probably shat his pants. So they all like a drink, but Paul is, he loves a good joke and a good practical joke."

"So that's about it. Thanks to Alice Cooper for having me on the show t answer your Ask Anything questions. Hopefully we can do this again one day down the road. Either Def Leppard or Down 'n' Outz and maybe I'll see you on the road. Definitely as Def Leppard. Maybe one day with the Down 'n' Outz. Fingers crossed."

Down 'n' Outz - This Is How We Roll - CD

  • 01 - Another Man’s War - 4:17
  • 02 - This Is How We Roll - 3:06
  • 03 - Goodnight Mr. Jones - 5:08
  • 04 - Creatures - 4:37
  • 05 - Last Man Standing - 4:29
  • 06 - Music Box - 1:07
  • 07 - Boys Don’t Cry - 3:55
  • 08 - Walking to Babylon - 5:42
  • 09 - Let It Shine - 6:03
  • 10 - Music Box Reprise/Griff’s Lament - 0:46
  • 11 - White Punks on Dope (The Tubes cover) - 6:22
  • 12 - The Destruction of Hideous Objects Part 3 - 1:00
  • 13 - Goodnight Mr. Jones (Stripped Down Version) - 5:10 - (Japanese Bonus Track)
  • Total Time - 46 Minutes

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