Happy Birthday Joe!

08/02/2014 - 03:01

Our favorite singer is celebrating today in Boston as Leppard gear up tonight for the 2nd leg of their summer tour w/ KISS.  Have a great day, Joe!

 

With the recent tour break, Joe had some time to answer many of the great questions that were submitted last month to his Facebook Q&A.  Thanks to all that sent in their questions. For those who’s questions were not answered, we will do this again soon.  Look out for parts 2 and 3 of the Joe Elliott Q&A coming in the next few days!

 

Listen to Pt. 1 of Joe’s answers on SoundCloud NOW!

 

Joe discusses family life, touring with KISSDOWN 'n' OUTZ side project and more.  Listen NOW!

 

DREAD - Jackson custom PC1 with reverse Jackson headstock

If you've seen any dates on this tour I play DREAD on "Armageddon It" and "Pour Some Sugar On Me". This guitar is one of my touring guitar favorites. It's basically a PC1 body with the Jackson driver/ sustainer in the neck position and a DiMarzio Super 3 in the bridge position. You can't see the pickup as it has a plastic cover on it to enhance the extremely elaborate paint job executed by the excellent visual and graphic artist Johnnie Grez. I heard that this paint job took 52 hours to complete. When you hold the guitar up to the light you can see why-especially on the back. Some of the water designs and dreadlocks are raised which you can feel when you touch it with your hands and/or look at it from a distance. It's almost 3D. The other thing is that Johnnie painted DREAD with glow in the dark paint (my other glow in the dark Jackson BELA gets much love and is currently imprisoned in a glass coffin at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Check it out if you're in Cleveland cause I'll be bringing it out for that one show only for those of you who keep asking about the 'vampire' guitar).

 

The subject matter of DREAD is a deadlocked monster loosley based on the creature from the movie "Predator" hence the name DREAD. We skipped the middle pickup on this guitar to give Johnnie a little more artistic freedom plus I never use the middle pickup when I play live. It has FU-TONE titanium block and bridge saddles and a Floyd Rose tremolo bridge. It's equipped with 13-54 gauge D'addario strings.

 

This guitar also has a...

Joe’s side band DOWN ’n’ OUTZ have released a video for their cover of the Mott the Hoople classic “One of the Boys”, taken from their critically acclaimed album “The Further Adventures Of…”.   The single was originally the b-side to MOTT THE HOOPLE’s “All the Young Dudes” and is a classic slice of Hunter/Ralphs song writing.

 

Read the article and watch the video now on Classic Rock Magazine HERE

 

April 2014 saw the release of the album The Further Adventures Of…, which is the third instalment of the project fronted by Joe, and features tracks connected to Mott the Hoople. Click here to purchase on iTunes & Amazon.

 

UK & Eire dates include:

5th  Dec - Bristol (Bierkeller)
6th  Dec - Trecco Bay (Planet Rockstock Festival)
8th  Dec - London (Garage)
9th  Dec - York (Fibbers)
11th Dec - Sheffield (Corporation)
12th Dec - Wolverhampton (Slade Rooms)
14th Dec - Newcastle (Riverside)
15th Dec - Glasgow (Garage)
17th Dec - Belfast (Limelight)
18th Dec - Dublin (Academy)

 

Ticket are priced Bristol, London, York, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Newcastle and Glasgow are £20...

Next in my guitar blog is Jackson PC1 Natural (BIG BOY)

This is one of my classic signature models from Jackson Guitars-the PC1. I've been playing BIG BOY on "Let's Get Rocked" most nights on this tour. It's named BIG BOY cause it has a big neck. I like massive necks because it improves the tone of the guitar and prevents the neck from warping especially as I play really aggressively and use heavy strings by rock guitar standards (D'addario 13-54 string gauge). My guitars take so much punishment on our tours. They'll be drenched with sweat. Yeah I know its gross but I ooze when it's 100° on stage. Then the next day they may get blasted with ac. So I find bigger necks respond better to such violence plus I like the way they feel. This is something I custom order when my guitars are made. The standard necks are way smaller. Big Boy is a brother to one of my other natural PC1s. I use it as a touring guitar and the other one stays at home since I record with it a lot. In fact you can hear my other natural PC1 on "All I Wanna Do" by Manraze. It also appears on what is probably my favorite solo that I play on "Mistreated"-a song on the Delta Deep album that'll be released sometime this Fall.

 

The PC1s have a mahogany body with a beautiful maple top, a maple fingerboard, Dimarzio pickups (a Super 3 humbucker in the bridge position and HS2 in the middle). The neck pickup is also a sustainer/driver by Jackson that allows me to get all that screaming feedback and emulate the sustain that I used an ebow for on the Hysteria album. It sounds like a keyboard or strings on the record especially when you multi-track it. I have a Floyd Rose bridge with FU-Tone titanium saddles on the bridge and a titanium block. Just for those who wonder...

Jackson PC X-STROYER  

Here is my new guitar which I play on our summer 2014 tour and is the 2nd guitar I play during our set. It's been introduced before but I want to give a few more details since it's based on something so memorable and folks seem interested in my guitar details and setup.

 

The X-STROYER has a mahogany body with a maple top much like my PC1s. It has a trans black finish on it so from a distance it looks black. But when you get up close on it you can see the glorious maple grain…mouthwatering. This is neck through. It has DiMarzio Super 3s. My original guitar' had DiMarzio Super Distortions (kind of similar). This guitar has a Jackson sustainer, a Floyd Rose tremolo system, and FU titanium saddles and block. The neck is monster huge with an ebony fingerboard. I haven't got the dimensions with me at the moment but I can let you know later. This guitar has a thick, rich, creamy chunky low end that screams like crazy when you play leads. It's a perfect sounding rock guitar. My X-STROYER is different from my other guitars. It sustains like crazy and kind of plays itself. It feels like its a system that overrides the player (sound wise) and just does its thing.

 

This weeks show will feature tunes from Utopia, The Quireboys, Bad Company, Framton, UFO amongst others, as well as tour updates from Joe. 

 
Radio show time is Saturdays at 6pm (GMT) / 1pm (EST) and repeated on Tuesday nights @ 9pm (GMT) / 4pm (EST).
 
For those in the U.K. tune into Joe's weekly radio show on PlanetRock.com. For those listening outside the U.K. listen live from this site HERE.

Joe talks to The Jolt about the current summer tour w/ KISS, new album status, and shares his thoughts on current lineup w/ Queen.  LIsten NOW!