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JOE ELLIOTT Gives More DEF LEPPARD UK Hysteria Tour Details

Def Leppard 2018. By talkSPORT

Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott was interviewed by talkSPORT radio on 25th January about the 2018 UK Hysteria tour and the full audio is available.

Joe was speaking to Hawksbee and Jacobs on talkSPORT radio on Thursday afternoon.

Joe talked about the streaming/download digital deal, recent Sheffield Wednesday/Sheffield United derby match, the 2018 UK Hysteria & More tour, Elton John/retirement, still enjoying touring, the 1993 Don Valley Stadium show and Sheffield United.

Joe says the UK tour setlist will include a 45 minute opening set followed by a film clip and then the full Hysteria album.

He also gives more explanation about the changes at Universal Records which led to the new digital deal.

Listen to the full 14 minute interview via the radio link. Joe's part starts at -25:00mins during the 15:00 to 15:30 segment.

The HYSTERIA & More UK/Irish Tour went on sale on Friday morning at 9am.

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

Hawksbee and Jacobs - Joe Elliott Interview Quotes

Digital Streaming/Download Deal

"We were apparently the biggest standout, you know, holdouts is what they call it. They called us the largest holdout. Sounds like a bank robbery doesn't it?. Yeah we basically, the thing is our record deal with Universal lapsed in 2009 and there was no digital deal in place 'cause we'd been around so long. There was no such thing as digital in '79 when we signed the deal. And we wanted to make sure that if we were gonna do it that it wasn't just some kind of a fad that came and went in three weeks. And you've done all this work and there's no point you know. And we just let it drift away and we were off doing other things. We were touring, we were making a new album. We just literally only finished promoting that in June."

"And then last June new people came in over the last few years at Universal and wanted to ressurect the deal that nearly happened eight years ago and didn't. And it's the same company but different people. It's like a football team, when you think about it. It's like the name Manchester United is the same but under say David Moyes, not quite as successful as it was under Ferguson and now it's coming back. It's the same thing with the label, you only need one guy on your side and all of a sudden everything changes."

"And they ressurected the deal as the grown ups did, you know the lawyers and all that stuff. We as musicians just waited for the call and then it was a case of like wanting to put everything out at once. Then you've got an enormous catalogue of music that needs digitally remastering for downloads and streaming. So you're talking hundreds of songs that have gotta be treated and EQ'd and all that kinda stuff. So we were doing all that while they were dotting the i's and crossing the T's and de da da da. And then we were ready to go and we'll just wait, we'll save it until we announce the tours so it makes a big splash."

"You know I'm from that generation that's a bit more tactile than most. I like to sniff, hold and smell and lick my vinyl and my CDs. Most people want to download it onto their phones. No it's brilliant there's no doubt, but we wanted to make sure it wasn't just a passing fad."

2018 Hysteria UK Tour

"We are. We've just announced a huge 60 date tour of the USA with a band called Journey which is gonna be in stadiums and such iconic venues as Madison Square Garden and the LA Forum and stuff. But more importantly for the British audience, we are bringing Hysteria to the UK and Ireland starting December 1st in Dublin. It finishes in Birmingham on the 17th."

Playing the Full Hysteria Album/Set Times

"Yes from first song to last song. Few things... you know what we'll do is we'll open with just, you know, we'll probably change it out every night with a bit of luck. As we did when we did this in Vegas five years ago. Do 45 minutes or so of whatever and then take a, you know, have some kind of film roll or whatever. A big drum roll or a film roll. And then play the album and then encore with something else. It'll be a big night."

UK Hysteria Tour Dates

"They start on the 1st of December. So it's a nice run up to Christmas. Tickets I think they're just about going on sale about now. Starts in Dublin on 1st and it works its way to Belfast and Cardiff and then all round Britian into Wales, Scotland, England, the lot. It finsihes in Birmingham on the 17th."

Buy 'Hysteria 30th Anniversary Edition' Online

  • Amazon - (Box Set/Super Deluxe Version)
  • Amazon - (3 CD Deluxe Edition)
  • Amazon - (1 CD Version)
  • Amazon - (Double Vinyl)

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