Brian Johnson & Joe Elliott A Life on the Road: Season 1, Episode 5

2017 • 0h 45m

Brian travels Dublin to meet his old pal Joe Elliott of Def Leppard. They hook up in the Temple Bar district and Joe takes Brian to his local pub, The Porterhouse. Joe tells Brian about Def Leppard’s back-story and their rise to success—one of a bunch of ordinary lads from Sheffield who loved T.Rex, Mott the Hoople, Queen, and Thin Lizzy, as well as heavier rock artists and went against the current music trends to spearhead what became known as the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

They talk in detail about the Pyromania and Hysteria tours and the tragedies that befell the band along the way: the sacking of guitarist Pete Willis (for uncontrollable behavior), drummer Rick Allen’s car accident in which he lost his left arm, and the death from alcohol abuse of guitarist Steve Clark. Joe then recounts some of the unique moments on those tours—the concept of playing in the round and being smuggled on stage in laundry baskets (once by Robert Plant!); the day in 1995 when they played three gigs on three continents and took their place in the Guinness Book of Records; the Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel where they supported themselves (in disguise!); and the recent Hysteria Cruise.

They finish up by covering aspects of Joe’s career after the Def Leppard glory years and some of his various side projects, and they look forward as the band gear up for a major North American tour beginning in 2017.

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