DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott recently conducted an interview with frontman Ian Hunter of the reformed MOTT THE HOOPLE. Read the chat from U.K.'s The Independent.
Elliott will support MOTT THE HOOPLE on the final night of their run of shows on October 6 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England. Elliott and his backing band — which will consist of members of THE QUIREBOYS — will appear under the DOWN 'N' OUTZ banner in what is described by the vocalist as "a one-off performance, not the start of a new project." "Though, Spike [THE QUIREBOYS singer] will be making an appearance of some sort," says Joe. "I would feel bad if he didn't!!"
He adds, "When they guys in MOTT THE HOOPLE made it known they wanted me involved somehow in their run of reunion shows, I was extremely flattered. They know I've been a fan forever, so I guess it's their way of acknowledging that".
As for the setlist, all Joe will say is that it will feature songs that the guys in MOTT THE HOOPLE were involved with AFTER they split up, so expect songs from the back catalogue of Ian Hunter, MOTT and BRITISH LIONS. "There won't be any LEPPARD or QUIREBOYS stuff at all! I'm doing this for that legion of MOTT THE HOOPLE fans who followed them after they broke up, so it all ties in nicely together."
As for how the QUIREBOYS got to be involved, Joe says, "I know Paul Guerin (guitar) from his days playing with Ricky Warwick, and I know the boys are BIG HOOPLE fans, so when someone put us in touch again, I knew it would be the perfect partnership and a great way to get in to see MOTT THE HOOPLE for free!!"