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Interviews : “We don’t need a reason to do this…” – An Interview with Joe Elliott (Def Leppard)

By on June 18, 2015

Def Leppard – Joe Elliott

It’s 6am on a Friday morning in Australia, the phone rings and Joe Elliott is on the other end of the line. Dave “Higgo” Higgins recently had the pleasure to speak with Def Leppard front-man Joe Elliott. Joe shares details about Def Leppard’s forthcoming new album (due for release in October), touring Australia past and present, the band’s influences and much more!

Click the “play” button below to listen to the full interview.

British rock royalty Def Leppard, famous for such hits as ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’, ‘Hysteria’ and ‘Love Bites’ have announced they’ll be returning to Australia this November.  Joining them will be special guests LIVE, famous for their ground breaking album “Throwing Copper” which spawned hits ‘Lightening Crashes’ and ‘All Over You’. This will be the first time Live’s new front man, Chris Shinn, will be introduced to Australian audiences, who joined the band in 2012.

Local rock icons Baby Animals and Electric Mary will take care of support duties in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, respectively.

Def Leppard’s Australian Tour goes on sale Thursday 11th June.

The packages includes:

Def Leppard Meet & Greet Package
$700 + booking fees and processing surcharge

Package includes:
. One General Admission Ticket
. Meet & Greet with Def Leppard
. Priority VIP Check In and Early Entry into the venue
. Personal photograph with Def Leppard
. Exclusive Def Leppard VIP Merchandise
. Autographed 8×10 photo
. One Commemorative Def Leppard VIP laminate & lanyard
. On-site VIP host

Secure your VIP tickets from One World Entertainment.


Qantas Credit Union Arena – November 17

Def Leppard with special guests LIVE & Baby Animals

Tickets from Ticketek


Rod Laver Arena – November 18

Def Leppard with special guests LIVE & Electric Mary

Tickets from Ticketek


Red Hill Amphitheatre – November 21

Def Leppard with special guests LIVE & Baby Animals

Tickets from Red Hill Gigs

Def Leppard, one of the world’s dominating powerhouses of rock have announced their 2015 Australian tour.

With over 100 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards to their name, Def Leppard have gone on to become one of the most highly praised bands in rock music. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott (lead vocals), Rick Savage (bass, backing vocals), Rick Allen (drums, backing vocals), Phil Collen (guitar, backing vocals), and Vivian Campbell (guitar, backing vocals).

Def Leppard’s trademark sound and groundbreaking albums, such as Pyromania and Hysteria, have earned them massive hits – songs such as Pour Some Sugar On Me, Photograph, Hysteria, Let’s Get Rocked, Animal, Rock of Ages, When Love & Hate Collide and Love Bites have all dominated the airwaves globally. These powerful melodic rock anthems, along with their spectacular live shows are what makes this super group one of the most impressive rock bands out there.

Def Leppard will be supported by special guests Live, who achieved worldwide success with their 1994 album, Throwing Copper, which spawned the huge hits Lightening Crashes, I Alone and All Over You. Rolling Stone and MTV both dubbed the album “one of the 25 Greatest Rock Albums of All-Time”, while tastemakers from Spin to The New York Times lauded it with equal praise. This is the first time Australian audiences will be introduced to Live’s new front man, Chris Shinn, who joined the band in 2012.


Higgo is a radio announcer of 16 years, most recently at Triple M where he hosted 4 shows including the metal show Distortion nationally. He also writes for Heavy Magazine, and hosts a weekly podcast called Distortion. You should follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.