DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott was interviewed for the first episode of Kylie Olsson's "Music And Me" podcast. You can now listen to the chat on iTunes.
Asked what song he would like to have played at his funeral, Elliott said: "Well, I've already written it into my will that I want 'Anthem' by THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND; 'All The Young Dudes', of course, by MOTT THE HOOPLE; and probably 'Rest In Peace' by MOTT THE HOOPLE, which is an obvious choice, but it's just a great song. I might even record my own version and get them to play me doing it. [Laughs] Yeah, just play my own funeral. It's been overdone to play things [like] Monty Python's 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', because it's been done. But I will probably throw in some ironic song that will make the ones that are sniffling burst into laughter. I've got to throw something mad in there; I don't know what it is yet. But 'Dudes' and 'Anthem', because they're grand and they sound like… Well, 'Dudes' doesn't sound like a death march, but 'Anthem' by THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND has got the drum roll and the piano and then the bagpipes come in and take you out. It's almost like a New Year's Eve song; it's very Scottish. And it sounds like a great song to see my ashes blow off into the distance — hopefully in quite a few years' time."
On June 1, Bludgeon Riffola/Mercury/UMe will release the first in DEF LEPPARD's projected four-volume career-spanning box set series, when the appropriately dubbed "Volume One" appears in multidisc LP and CD collections. The collection arrives in time for this summer's highly anticipated DEF LEPPARD co-headline tour with JOURNEY.
DEF LEPPARD and JOURNEY's American tour will mark the first time the groups have performed together since 2006. The North American trek will be composed of both stadium and arena concerts, with half of the shows being closed by JOURNEY and half by DEF LEPPARD. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, kicks off May 21 in Hartford, Connecticut, at the XL Center and will feature complete sets and all-new production from both bands. The 58-city tour will hit ten stadiums — Toronto's Rogers Centre; Atlanta's Sun Trust Park; Detroit's Comerica Park; Chicago's Wrigley Field; Denver's Coors Field; Minneapolis's Target Field; Boston's Fenway Park; St. Louis's Busch Stadium; San Francisco's AT&T Park; and San Diego's Petco Park — as well as world-famous arenas, such as Madison Square Garden in New York and the "Fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, California.