A tribute to Joe Elliott Sr. - by Malvin Mortimer (friend & tour manager)

Jul 10 2011 - 14:13

Joe’s Elliott’s father (“Joe Senior” to all that knew him well) suffered a significant heart attack in April this year, whilst in ICU he suffered two more attacks. He was very low for a week or so.

I was not surprised to hear from Joe a few days later that his dad was making a remarkable recovery. Not surprised because I knew him to be made of old style bricks and mortar, upright, forthright and as tough as nails. He was a gadget maker, he showed Joe how he devised home made radios, model aeroplanes and air rifles amongst other projects, in his spare time.


At the hospital Joe discussed the upcoming tour with his recovering father. Joe Senior insisted that his son go ahead and do the thing that had always made him proud. Joe packed his case and departed to start the 2011 tour.


When Joe recently heard that his dad’s condition had deteriorated severely he had to think seriously about his next move. We had already arrived at the next show when the news arrived. Joe decided to go home to support his father and mother but he insisted on doing the show that night in honor of his father: a tribute to the person who, had he not supported and financed his son and his friends, then Def Leppard, as we know them, might never have been - and we might never have had the pleasure of listening to the music that spans more than 30 years from a group that has survived amidst great challenges and against all odds.

That night Joe appeared to be tearful coming off the stage for a change of shirt, at the end of “Love Bites”, I checked to see that he was OK…He explained that it was his dad’s favorite tune. The next day, I took Joe to the airport and he flew to his father’s bedside.

A few days ago, his condition worsening, Joe Senior finally succumbed to his increasing illness and passed away quietly in hospital. Joe and his mother were together at the hospital.


At the age of 18 Joe had an opportunity to join a band. The band met regularly in Joe’s bedroom in the family home in Sheffield, UK- with the full support of his parents.

That band came to be known as Def Leppard.


In 1978 Joe asked his dad for some help to finance the recording and release of the first few songs written by the young and up and coming musicians. Joe senior put up 150 UK pounds. (at that time, about $500.) They recorded at Fairview studios in Hull, East Yorkshire, it cost 148.50 and with the loose change they shared fish and chips on the way home. (Joe’s mother Cindy played guitar and taught Joe his first few chords, Joe Sr. actually recorded, on a primitive cassette device, Joe’s first ever song. Joe was eight years old. The song was entitled "Goin' Forever").

Joe Senior will be missed by Cindy, Joe and all of us that knew him.


Here is a photo of Joe's Dad & Mum with the band backstage at New Jersey's Meadowlands (1988)



khysteria 07/10/11 2011 02:46:13 PM

My very deepest sympathy goes out to Joe and his family in their time of grief and sadness. May Joe's return be very soon. xxoo

DefTan 07/10/11 2011 02:58:18 PM

What a beautiful tribute, there's never a good time to lose someone so loved. Sending love and peaceful thoughts your way.

Linda Folgers 07/10/11 2011 03:30:10 PM

I am sorry to hear about the loss of Joe's dad. It's very difficult to lose a parent. I will pray that during this time Joe and his mother find support and comfort. We love you Joe and hope to see you soon. Linda

smalltowngirl 07/10/11 2011 04:17:25 PM

My deepest condolences to the Elliott family. My husband lost his father on June 25, 2011. We know the pain the Elliott family is dealing with. I hope they are able to find comfort in their wonderful memories.

We were at the Milwaukee show and we knew there was something big going on....you could feel it in the air. The show was an absolute fantastic tribute to Joe senior. Godspeed Joe senior. Peace to all, Julie

Jorge Neaves Escobar 07/10/11 2011 04:23:37 PM

God bless Joe Elliot sr. rest in piece, and Joe Elliot jr. c'mon man, your father is very proud of you, keep on doing the best you can for the people that we are here.

Ness Avalos 07/10/11 2011 04:24:33 PM

I'm so sorry..... My thoughts and prays are with you and your family Joe!!!!!!!

weitendorf 07/10/11 2011 05:10:10 PM

joe, for all the years of enjoyment you gave me i say "thank you", and for your tremendous loss " keep the faith "

Heather FeatherBelle Chikamori 07/10/11 2011 05:27:58 PM

What a wonderful tribute, Malvin! :) Thank you for sharing that with us and for taking the time out from your own grief to write in the first place. My love & sympathies to the entire Leppard family.

Spunky2517 07/10/11 2011 05:32:00 PM

Wow. Can't stop crying. Was at that show and knew Joe was happy. I don't know them personally but I know how wonderful love is from a father. I'm glad Joe left the tour to be with him.

Margaret Hough 07/10/11 2011 05:56:08 PM

Sorry to hear that your dad passed on, take note that he didn't give up without a fight. Heart attacks are funny things, and what i mean by that is i had my heart attack in 2007, my concerns were oh i'm having a heart attack but that i was going to miss The Rolling Stones at Slane, which is exactly what happened. At 35, young female as i was constantly being reminded i was lucky to be alive as i was near to DOA travelling to the hospital. I still wonder how the hell i managed to get out of that!! My motto now is 'ce nullis' or Yield to None, it seems to personify my attitude to life now. Miss your dad for all the right reasons ie the help, support and love he gave. He would have known that without words crossing. It'll be there in you, the person you are, and what you have achieved.
Thoughts and prayers. Joe Snr RIP.

Breege Corr 07/10/11 2011 06:05:19 PM

Thinking of you at this difficult time, Joe. Take care of yourself and do what you need to do and be with your family right now. Us fans will be here for you when you get back. God bless you and your mum! Love

mikeleppard 07/10/11 2011 06:16:29 PM

Malvin's right, Joe's father was kind of like the key that kick started this 30 years old machine called Def Leppard back in 1977-79... when they recorded the very first EP.
That 3 song little vinyl should be included on a future BIG Def Leppard box set with a picture of Joe Senior on the booklet...

My condolences and respects to Joe, his mother, family and friends...

Miguel Angel Santomé from the end of the world in Argentina.

kwbtjb 07/10/11 2011 06:25:49 PM

Thanks Malvin for sharing this tribute with Leppard Fans. As I'm typing this message, I'm listening to "Love Bites" in honor of Mr. Elliott. May he rest in peace. Joe and his family are in my thoughts.

Brynn Holloway 07/10/11 2011 06:28:23 PM

Such a wonderful tribute to a man who impacted a lot of lives. RIP.

Clyde Carroll 07/10/11 2011 06:36:24 PM

Stunning tribute Mal and from the heart! Joe Snr may you rest in peace . Joe cudnt have better people around him at this time family ,the band and friends like Mal! stay `undefeated` Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!

slang67 07/10/11 2011 06:55:06 PM

A very touching tribute, Malvin. I am very glad to know that Joe was able to be there for his Mom and Dad.

lemlotr 07/10/11 2011 06:57:01 PM

Thank you so much Malvin for sharing this with us. Our deepest sympathies go out to Joe,Cindy,and the rest of the Elliott family. May you all find strength and comfort in each other during this difficult time. Laura

Debbie holman 07/10/11 2011 07:14:41 PM

As a Def Leppard fan, I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Elliott for helping their son and the other lep boys become one of the worlds greatest bands. Thank you for believing in them and encouraging them all. Sending love to Mrs Elliott, Joe and the rest of the Elliott/ Def Leppard families. RIP Mr Elliott and thank you for sharing your son. Xxxx

tina_berg 07/10/11 2011 07:17:48 PM

Thanks for sharing that wonderful tribute to Joe Sr. I know how much Joe loves his parents.. I'm praying for cindy and Joe to have strength through all of this...

Shirley D Verner 07/10/11 2011 07:21:22 PM

Thoughts and prayers go out to Joe, his family and the band. When I heard the news I thought of what a significant part that Mr. Elliott played in the band we know and love. Thanks Mal for sharing this with us and my love to all.

tina_berg 07/10/11 2011 07:27:21 PM

Thank you for sharing that wonderful tribute of Joe Sr. I know Joe loves his parents very much. Praying for strength for Joe and Cindy through all of this, and all of the Lep family.

Eve Marshall 07/10/11 2011 07:44:09 PM

Thanks Malvin, for a wonderful tribute to a great man.
I was also at the show and Joe was a true professional, he gave us his all and didnt give us a clue anything was wrong.
RIP Joe Sr. Thank you for kick starting an amazing band who has helped me through some tough times. My deepest sympathy goes out to Joe, his Mum and the rest of the Leppard family.

Eve xoxoxo

Angela Jordan 07/10/11 2011 08:06:53 PM

Thank you, Joe Sr. for everything you did for your son and Def Leppard. I know Joe will miss you terribly but he'll always have great memories of his wonderful, supportive father. God Bless you Joe, Cindy and all of the Elliott family.

kasb1961 07/10/11 2011 08:07:26 PM

That was a beautiful tribute,My prayers are with Joe and his family.I,m sure Joe made his father very proud.I hope he knows that millions of people love Joe and Def Leppard,and that we are all truly GREATFUL for all the support his Mom & Dad gave the band so we all could listen to the music and fall in love with not only the music but with his son & also and the rest of the band. Rest In Peace Mr. Elliott.

rugdnit 07/10/11 2011 09:24:55 PM

Mal-- As a little 8 yr old I have followed you guys from the High N Dry years. Even though many of us are not a part of the circle I appreciate that you let us in from time to time. I have always been inspired that Joe's parents believed in him and his mates so much. I want to be that kind of inspiration and support system for my daughter. I can't wait until she is old enough to go to her first show. Until them I hope the warmth and love from so many of us will help you guys through this.

stegerm515 07/10/11 2011 09:37:06 PM

Sorry to hear about your father. I know what it is like to lose your father. I found my dad dead on christmas eve of 1999. I was 26 years old at the time. I am now 38 and think of him often and miss him all the time. The pain lessens eventually but never goes away completely. The memories are what is important and the support of family and friends. I hope the best for you and your family. I will see you in Tinsley Park Il.
Fan for life

Carletta Kay McKellips 07/10/11 2011 11:33:34 PM

That was an amazing tribute..I couldn't stop crying..My thoughts and prayers are with Joe and his family!! We love you..God Bless you all.

marcalpers 07/10/11 2011 11:34:21 PM

We are sorry Joe for your loss. Thank you for the sacrifice of your entire family through the many years you've entertained us.

All the Best
Joe Sr is Rockin in Heaven to Def Leppard.


bubblelight 07/10/11 2011 11:48:52 PM

That was beautifully put, Malvin. He sounds like an amazing man and I'm sure will be missed greatly by all that knew him. My sympathies to Joe and family during this sad time.

sgtortorici 07/10/11 2011 11:51:25 PM

Malvin, That was a beautiful tribute for Joe's Dad. All our love goes out to Joe and his family and friends during this time.

Lepplady 07/11/11 2011 12:12:30 AM

Lovely words.

Pamela Woodruff Hall 07/11/11 2011 12:36:20 AM

Thank you so very much Malvin for this wonderful tribute to Joe Sr. I was worried that Joe, might not have made it home in time, because of you, we know he did. Thank you for that. Sending all my love and prayers to Joe and his family at this most difficult time. He does so much for us, I wish I could do more for him.

Dana Rosner 07/11/11 2011 12:51:38 AM

Dearest Joe, my love goes out to you and your family. Thank you so much Malvin for sharing with us your moving and loving thoughts. I've been crying on and off all day. We love you so much Joe, and I wish you comfort until you're ready to come back. You give so much of yourself to us and we love you for it xoxo

LisaF1163 07/11/11 2011 12:56:36 AM

That was a lovely tribute to Joe Sr., Malvin. My most heartfelt condolences go out to Joe and his family.

Katie Cramer 07/11/11 2011 01:00:04 AM

I'm really sorry about that Joe. My prayers will be with u and your family.

HollyFaith 07/11/11 2011 01:53:16 AM

Thank you for sharing this Malvin. I don't think I will ever listen to Love Bites the same way again. A remarkable son from a remarkable father.

Kelly Barnett 07/11/11 2011 01:56:46 AM

That is such a wonderful tribute, Malvin---hats off to you! Still keeping Joe and his family in my prayers, as well as the rest of the band. A giant hug to all.

Erica DiTomaso 07/11/11 2011 02:43:26 AM

i read this and cried. Keeping him in my prayers. I also lost my father but i was very young, i was 3. but knowing they ARE a good person and looking over u is a good feeling. keeping the family in my prayers

Mandy Tyzack 07/11/11 2011 03:09:25 AM

RIP Joe Snr. Thinking of you and your family at this very difficult time

Michele Lynne O'Dell Boeke 07/11/11 2011 03:26:33 AM

What a wonderful tribute Malvin! The whole Elliott family, I'm sure is very greatful to you for that! I was at the Milwaukee show and had a sign saying things about Radiation treatments, chemo. treatments, and seeing my 28th DL show being priceless!! I hope all the guys are looking for memories of Joe Sr. at his best, for comfort and closure! Love to you all!! Michele

Paige Graves 07/11/11 2011 03:37:00 AM

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i just lost my son on fathers day by having a seizure and suffercating. he would have been 15 on july 14. so i know what you are going through. pray for my family and i will pray for yours. you can check out my facebook page under paige graves. god bless!

my husbands poem that is so beautiful!by Paige Graves on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 7:35am
Goodbye, my son

by Andrew R. Graves on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:54am


You flew through our lives, like a brief shooting star,

But, oh, how you burned so brightly!

With a shy little smile, and a quick helping hand,

You moved through our lives so lightly.

With bright eyes, so wide, and a keen mind, so quick,

With joy at the wonders around you;

You took them all in, laid hold to their secrets,

Their “Where’s” and their “Why’s” and their “How’s,” too.

You grasped at life’s song, you noted the beat,

You touched it to make it your own.

We thought you’d been given to be a joy all our lives,

But, alas, you were only on loan.

Your life, far too brief, your smile, it is gone,

How we long for the touch of your hand.

With our hearts, oh, so heavy, and our eyes, oh, so sad,

We know that out on the field, you're marching in Heaven’s band!

Goodbye my son, my friend,

March on,


Paige Graves

crazeehart 07/11/11 2011 07:15:20 AM

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I remember my dad showing me how to saw a piece of wood or swing a hammer, or helping me build a miniature catapult for a school project. He wasn't a super-talkative guy but he really didn't need to say much,in retrospect. J think I learned as much from what he didn't say as from what he said. Now I'm retired with my beautiful wife and my favorite thing to do is to see how I can improve something with whatevers laying around the house. The desciption of Joe Sr. Just brought that back to me. I miss bim so,15 years later. If I just improve on one thing in this world everyday, I honor his memory. Thank you for the memories your music has given us.

shellbell122969 07/11/11 2011 07:17:27 AM

My deepest sympathies to you Joe and your family at this horrible time. I can relate to your loss, I lost my father three years ago to a massive heart attack, which shocked everyone cause we all thought he was in great health. I have been sending loads of prayers your way and will continue to do so. I'm also sending all my love to you and wishing there was something I could do to help. I was at the Milwaukee show on July 5th, Joe, your father is, was, and always will be very proud of you, don't ever doubt or forget that. God bless the Elliott family in this terrible time. I love you Joe, you will always be #1 in my eyes!!


ignatius 07/11/11 2011 09:25:22 AM

Thank you Mr. Elliott for making of Def Leppard a reality. R.I.P.

Malee10 07/11/11 2011 10:30:28 AM

What an incredibly beautiful family - the way families should be! We're so sorry for the loss.

Brenda Guild 07/11/11 2011 10:55:07 AM

Malvin, Thank you for sharing and to Joe for allowing you to share something so personal about his father. After 30 years of being a fan it warms my heart to know you all are as close as you were back then and you have each other for support. Tell Joe, the band and his family that his fans are only "Two Steps Behind" and we send our thoughts and prayers. When ready we look forward to Joe and the band doing what they do best and we'll be here ready to support you all forever and always! We love you guys!

Claire Silcock 07/11/11 2011 10:59:06 AM

So sorry to hear the loss of your Dad Joe. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.


Poem - He only takes the best

God saw you getting tired, 
The cure was not to be 
He wrapped you in His loving Arms, 
And whispered "Come with Me" 
You suffered much in silence, 
Your spirit did not bend 
You faced your pain with courage, 
Until the very end 
You tried so hard to stay with us 
Your fight was not in vain 
God took you to His loving Home
And freed you from your pain 
A golden heart stopped beating, 
Two working hands at rest 
God broke our hearts to prove to us, 


Thelma 07/11/11 2011 12:40:10 PM

A good tribute with good memories.

Angie Brown 07/11/11 2011 12:46:11 PM

Thank you Malvin for sharing that wonderful tribute to Joe's father with all of us. My heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time.

ptre69 07/11/11 2011 12:50:35 PM

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to you Joe, and your mother, as well as well as anyone else who knew and loved him. Your father sounds like a great man and I know he will truly be missed. Having read what Malvin wrote I am glad that he was such a good man, since if he wasn't so supportive and proud the world may never have known about Def Leppard. Thank you Mr. Elliott for the love of your son. You will be missed.

Ammie 07/11/11 2011 12:57:49 PM

Wow, what a moving tribute! Joe was blessed with wonderful parents and I'm sure the memories of his dad will help him and his mom through this tough time. Thank you for sharing about Joe Sr. I'm sure it touches Joe's heart to have you and the rest of the band so supporting!

marie 07/11/11 2011 03:52:20 PM

It's with sadness that we learned of the death of your father.We present to you,and your family,our sincérest condolences.We are wholeheartedly with you,and all our thoughts are for you.

From members of french forum.

carolinagirl2011 07/11/11 2011 03:53:21 PM

My prayers are with the Elliott Family at this difficult time..Love and Sympathies to the entire "Leppard Family"...We Love You, Joe, and hope to see you soon....Take Care!!!!............Judy

Lepheadforlife 07/11/11 2011 04:42:10 PM

So sad to hear. This was a touching tribute Mal. I am glad you took him back so he could be there with his Dad & support his Mom. Love those guys & when they hurt us fans hurt along with them. They have our full support in these sad times.

Jenette Thorson 07/11/11 2011 05:10:19 PM

I don't think of death as a sad thing. To me, it is a beautiful crossing over where you feel no pain, you are young again and walk hand in hand with the LORD. All your family and friends are there to give you a giant hug and greet you with love. Many people who have crossed over and back share the same type of story. The beautiful blinding comforting white light. (I survived, beyond and back) the t.v. show I watch brings me to happy tears. I am not afraid of death, I would welcome it when my time comes. Joe Sr. was in pain. He is released from that pain now. I am not trying to sound cold. I want to let everyone know that he is truly happy now. The grieving process is natural, to feel sad and cry. Joe Sr. would want us to be happy for him now. As he said, the show must go on. He would have wanted this. He lived a truly great long life full of joy and family and riches, I know he had a chance to meet Finlay I am sure. So let's dry our tears, have a drink and a moment of silence for him. Let's follow his wishes and continue this great legacy. Rest with Jesus now, Joe.

Maggie 07/11/11 2011 05:29:21 PM

What a lovely tribute. RIP Joe Senior x

Melissa George 07/11/11 2011 06:11:54 PM

My deepest sympathy to the entire Leppard family, especially to Joe and his Mom. I still miss my Dad every day, but remembering all the happy times does make it a bit easier. Thank you for the beautiful tribute, Mal. RIP, Joe Senior!

gunfighters 07/11/11 2011 07:19:01 PM

Very sorry for your loss Joe my heart goes out to you and family

rockbrigadelady79 07/11/11 2011 07:54:42 PM

Joe Sr. was a wonderful man to totally support his son's passion for music from the very start. We fans will be eternally grateful to him for that. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Elliott family and friends at this sad time.

sjk1397 07/11/11 2011 08:00:41 PM

I was lucky enough to see you guys in Scranton before some of the postponements. I lost my mother less than six months ago at what I think was a very young age of 68. Not a day goes by where I don't have that huge void in my life. I'm glad you postponed the shows so you could be with your dad. A child's love for their parents can never be underestimated. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Good luck to you and the rest of the band when you resume the tour. Malvin that was a very moving tribute. I'll never listen to Love Bites in the same way again. Love and Peace Scott K.

VeronicaLeppard 07/11/11 2011 09:10:07 PM

terrible losses

catvodo 07/11/11 2011 09:16:29 PM

Joe and all:
Larry, LJ and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts nad prayers are with you!

The Vodopivecs

MarisaAndBen 07/11/11 2011 09:19:50 PM

Heartfelt condolences to Joe and the entire Def Leppard Family. Your music has always brought me peace during my own times of struggle, and i truly hope that you are able to find your peace during this tough time. Godspeed.

dknj50 07/11/11 2011 09:40:23 PM

Joe, you can tell a man who came from a loving home by the way he treats others. I've never met you, but I've seen you engage with people in a variety of settings countless times. How reputably good of a person you are, especially given the years of fame and accolades you've earned, is truly a testament to the kind of man your father must have been. He raised you well, Joe. It's why you've always been the coolest rock singer in the world to me. My deepest condolences to you and your family during this most sad time.
And thank you Malvin, for always handling the Lep's fans with such love and dignity. Your writing is always from the heart.
Dan Kellmer

danielliott 07/11/11 2011 10:04:42 PM

Malvin, that was a beautiful tribute. It brought tears to my eyes and made me realize how much I have to be grateful to Joe Sr.for. Not only did he bring into this world a beautiful man, his son, but without that great support he gave to Joe and the band, many of us wouldn't have 30+ yrs of fantastic memories and daily joy through the music Def Leppard has shared with us. My deepest condolences and much love to the Elliott family, the Def Leppard family and all those who have been touched by Joe Sr. God bless!

foreverafan 07/11/11 2011 10:07:30 PM

Dear Joe,

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. It is never an easy thing. You never really get past the loss. But then again of course you know that, you know because of the loss of Steve Clark. In any event, I am truly sorry. Try to remember the good times. Take care and I will certainly pray for you and your family. Sincerely, Janine.

Kiwi G 07/11/11 2011 10:22:32 PM

The spirit of our loved ones live on in our hearts forever.

Adam Klimas 07/11/11 2011 11:51:37 PM

So Sorry for your loss Joe. Sounds like your dad was the kind of father we all aspire to be. Condolences and sympathies go out to you and your family in this terrible time.

lenczartsound@hotmail.com 07/12/11 2011 01:08:50 AM

My deepest sympathy to the Elliot family. I lost my dad a few years ago and I understand the terrible loss. I wish you love and peace.

Julie Pfluger 07/12/11 2011 01:53:24 AM

Thoughts go out to the family and friends Joe Senior.

You live on earth only for a few short years
which you call an incarnation,
and then you leave your body as an outworn dress
and go for refreshment to your true home in the spirit.

spanky0217 07/12/11 2011 03:37:35 AM

My very deepest sympathy goes out to Joe and his family in their time of grief and sadness.

Jennifer 07/12/11 2011 04:41:40 AM

Very nice photo of Joe and his parents with the band! Our thoughts are with all of you.

Stephen Galbraith 07/12/11 2011 05:24:22 AM

My condolences to Joe, his family and the band. Just another reason I love this band... they are real people who care deeply for those around them. Very genuine. What a great story about family and unconditional love. Thank you for sharing!

neenie3269 07/12/11 2011 12:49:28 PM

Joe, I am so sorry to hear about your father. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Dylan Singleton 07/12/11 2011 03:56:08 PM

I just wanna say i totally understand and that it would be a good thing to postpone shows because it'll be a while for him to feel ok again :(

Tina Sieberg 07/12/11 2011 05:25:04 PM

My deepest condolences to not only Joe and his family, but to the whole Def Leppard family who knew Joe Sr. and loved him as well. My thoughts are with you.

Anna Booth Haner 07/12/11 2011 06:13:05 PM

Well put Malvin!!! Made me cry. Definately need to rerelease the book. Sending big hugs, love and prayers to everyone in this difficult time.

dlbabygurl 07/12/11 2011 06:26:54 PM

I'm real sorry about Mr. Elliott. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. If you need anything I'm here for you. Love You.


jblvsdflpd 07/12/11 2011 07:27:27 PM

Joe, I was so sad to learn of your dad's passing. I'm glad you and your mum were there with him when he left this earth; I could tell from Malvin's tribute that your dad was extremely proud of you. Death is not easy; my mom has been gone for 16 years. I miss her terribly sometimes, but watching her suffer from the cancer that took over her body, death was welcomed. I saw DL in concert in VA Beach, VA on 25 Jun 11, 4th row, and it was awesome! I bought VIP to be where I was, and at one point, I felt like you looked right at me! I did not leave disappointed, and DL's music always makes me smile, no matter how down I am. I love you Joe, and all the guys in Def Leppard, and please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin to heal from this terrible loss. I know when the time is right, you'll get right back out there and do what you do best. If it takes a little longer than planned, that's okay, you're true fans will understand. God bless you and the entire Elliott & DL family. Rest in Peace, Joe, Sr. - thanks for supporting your son in his dream!

ladyluck 07/12/11 2011 08:08:54 PM

Dear Joe, I am sorry for your loss. I hope this cheers you up: My husband got kicked out of the arena for smoking a ciggarette at the Uncasville show, July 2. We were there for maybe 5 minutes, watching Heart. Had great seats!! Of course my wonderful hubby gave the security guards an attitude, after they tapped him on the shoulder and as soon as I realized HE wasn't getting back in, I lost my cool and that was when they decided I was out as well!! Anyway, Joe, we have loved you guys since '88, and we've already bought new tickets for the July 30th concert in NY!! We'll be right in the middle!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours, Joe! We can't wait to see you kicking ass on stage as always! You guys have always helped us through hard times! God bless!


Michael Rainsforth 07/12/11 2011 08:14:43 PM

Deepest sympathies to Joe & his family, from all of us fans in the u.k keep ya head up son

dflpfn83 07/12/11 2011 09:27:22 PM

I want to give my sincere condolences to Joe & his family for his father's passing. I also want to thank Malvin for his great tribute
in his honor. Forever your fan - NYS

SixString_Chris 07/12/11 2011 09:59:36 PM

That was awesome, Mal - thanks! I think the smiles in their faces say it all.

Thoughts and prayers, mate(s), thoughts and prayers to you all.


from Daytona Beach, Florida.

luvcatz7 07/12/11 2011 10:01:38 PM

Joe, if you read this, I want you to know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm very sorry.

Leppard1972 07/12/11 2011 10:11:21 PM

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to Joe and his whole familly. I understand what you are going through as I lost my father as well.
Mel this is a beautiful tribute to Joe's dad.

AlejandraSavage79 07/12/11 2011 10:54:21 PM

Joe...we are with you...my sincere condolences to you and your family. i know that the death of a member of the family is very hard, and i just want that you know that here in colombia we support you with prayers for you dad.
melvin: the tirbute was beautiful! i'm gonna cry :(
i love you joe

katakal 07/12/11 2011 11:18:26 PM

My condolences go out to Joe and his family. May GOD be with the them in the days to come. May Joe and Mom Elliott lean on each other to get through this time. I went to my first DL concert in Charlotte, NC, back in August 2007 for my 35th birthday. I have loved DL since they started and always will! I have lost both my parents and know what the days ahead bring. Again, I pray GOD guides you and eases your pain(From Mourning to Joy). Thank you Joe SR for bringing your son to us! Rest In Peace. Sending Peace and Love, Karen Burnett, Denver, North Carolina

Elizabeth Strauch 07/13/11 2011 02:20:59 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Elliott family.

Elizabeth Strauch 07/13/11 2011 02:21:09 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with the Elliott family.

Sheryl Cobb-Weeks 07/13/11 2011 03:18:19 AM

There aren't any words....I'm so, so sorry. One day at a time. ~Sheryl

Regina Horne 07/13/11 2011 03:23:58 AM

Thank you, Malvin for this wonderful tribute to Joe Elliott, Sr (& thanks for sharing the picture as well) My heart goes out to Joe, his mom & his family. They are all in my thoughts & prayers. God bless Joe, Sr & may he rest in peace.

Billy 07/13/11 2011 03:29:46 AM

Hey Joe. I am very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Me and every other Def Leppard fan is there for you. I look forward to seeing you again this year in September in Washington. Thanks so much for all the great music. -Billy

Rose_63 07/13/11 2011 05:00:41 AM

What an awesome tribute, very well written. I know what Joe is going through at this time, as I have just lost my Father this past March. My heart aches for you, as it still does for the loss of my Dad. It's so hard to lose a parent, harder than I ever expected. It takes time to deal with it, but you never get over it. Sending Love and prayers to Joe and his family at this most difficult time.

Betty Green Hansen 07/13/11 2011 05:15:54 AM

my sincere sympathy to joe and his mom...in time may you find joy as you pass Joe Senior's legacy of love to finlay and share all the great stories about his granddad with him...thank heaven for loving dads who believe in their sons and their dreams

beansandcornbread 07/13/11 2011 05:41:42 AM

My condolences out out to Joe and his family at this difficult time. I just wanted to thank you for all you've given to us fans for so long. Your father's support must have meant a great deal. My life wouldn't have been as good without you guys in it. Take care, and thanks Malvin for posting this.

Sarah Cameron 07/13/11 2011 05:46:07 AM

Thanks Melvin. Thats a beautiful story and a wonderful gift to Joe, Def Leppard and us fans who care. It brought tears to my eyes but made me feel happy that there are people who are there to support and care to Joe and his family. I look forward to seeing you in NZ in October. Much love. Sarah

kem192 07/13/11 2011 09:16:37 PM

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Think about the wonderful times you shared with him and know that he is in a better place and will always be with you.

Tami Popoff 07/14/11 2011 01:13:11 AM

My condolences Joe and family / + members of the band whom are like family. Our thoughts are prays are with you all. It's hard when parents get old and at times we have to say farwell its never good-bye....the memories and imagines stay in our hearts and thoughts. Lots of love from a Long time Fan and always will be. Def Leppard is and will always be my first love.


Angela Haggbe Costanza-Wallace 07/14/11 2011 02:27:59 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May God Bless You and Your Mama and your family.we all love you and we we will say a prayer for y'all ..

JMPUR 07/14/11 2011 02:33:13 AM

My deepest sympathies to you Mr. Joe Elliott. There is no greater bond than one's parents. I lost my father on 11/25/2008. The pain of not having him here still hurts but from what I see in your biographies he saw that you made him proud. My father also saw me at my finest and geatest accomplishments in my life and that is what makes me feel better. The only one he is not seeing is my beautiful daughter growing up with him.
I want you to know that I know how you must be feeling and hope that time will fix the sadness in your life. Best of luck to you and your family.
JP , one of your biggest fans. Hope to see you in Cleveland 8/24/11

Theresa 07/14/11 2011 03:16:58 AM

Malvin, Thank you so very much.

My sincere condolences to Joe and family; please know that much love and support is being sent your way in this difficult time. Holding you all close to our hearts. Please take care.

Starrbear71l 07/14/11 2011 05:44:32 AM

Wow, Malvin, that was a beautiful tibute to Joe Elliott SR, I have tears in my eyes from reading this and I will never be able to listen to "Love Bites" the same again. I love that song and it is one of my very favorite songs, Joe I am so sorry for your loss, cherish the memories that you have, I do, as I lost my Dad in 2001 and I was just getting to know him. The memories that we did have, I will always hold close to my heart and I hope you and your Mum will be able to do the same. I am sending you and your Mum as well as the entire Leppard family and friends lots of love and big hugs, you are in my prayers. Looking forward to seeing you in Kansas City, but only when you are ready

Love and Hugs

mkhiggins4 07/14/11 2011 01:49:10 PM

So sorry Joe. Please know you are in many of our thoughts and prayers.... take all the time you need. It's what we'd all do! Much love, Mary K

Julie Sarnoff-Clark 07/14/11 2011 09:12:45 PM

A very touching tribute. Sorry about your loss, Joe. It's never easy to lose a parent, we're thinking about you during this difficult time.

_deflepgirl 07/15/11 2011 05:28:31 AM

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Love Christine XOXO

_deflepgirl 07/15/11 2011 05:29:47 AM

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.
My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. Love Christine XOXO

April Bartlett 07/16/11 2011 07:42:07 AM

im so so sorry for your loss. My dads 74 an I cant imagine losing him,Im really glad you was with you mum thru all this. I wish there was sum magic words to make your hurt go away,but im sorry, All I can tell you is Im still here prayn for you an your family . Dont worry bout anything to do with us fans we can an will wait as long as it takes for you to grieve an heal your hurt. to Joe an Cindy an the rest of your family " sending you all my love an support an prayers to aid you theu this terrible time....Please heal yourselves first before you move on .. lots of love an sendn a cyber hug to you all..............may God Bless each an everyone of youns.

April Bartlett 07/16/11 2011 07:45:58 AM

btw thank you to the tribrute . without it I never would of known how sad of time this was for Joe or the band. Thank you for careing enough to include us fans. may your heart be blessed always. thanks agian

Jessica 07/16/11 2011 12:20:41 PM

Sorry for Joe and his family's loss. Thoughts and prayers for Joe and his family and friends who were close to Joe Sr.

Jennifer Zambri-Dickerson 07/17/11 2011 12:50:55 AM

I am so very sorry to hear about your father, Joe. I lost my mom when I was 24 and even 15 years later, it is still hard to believe. I know how difficult this must be for you, but it will eventually hurt less and leave you with happy memories. I just saw you guys in Camden on June 26 and now, to know this was going on at the time, makes me appreciate the performance even more. That had to be rough, but no one would have ever known...you put on an amazing show, like always. I was right up against the stage and you were wonderful. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. With much love...Jenn

Brad T 07/17/11 2011 03:04:11 PM

I was saddened to hear of the loss of your father, it is never an easy thing to lose a loved one especially someone who has been so supportive & nurturing from the very onset of your career - something which I can personally relate to & i feel for you & your family at this sad and difficult time.
In ur industry it can always be such a challenge to juggle life on the road/tour dates & concerts with a personal life and missing so much that is going on back home, dealing with what life throws at us - something which I can also personally relate to. I was however glad to hear that you made it to back to see ur father and be by his side before his passing.
I do hope u can take the time to morn & reflect on the life you had together.
The effect Def Leppard's music has had on the last 30 years of my life is almost unexplainable and if not for the support and help of such a caring father (& Mother I'm sure) this may never have been - so for that if nothing else I say "Thank You Joe Senior".
I was so excited to be seeing u guys perform back in OZ in October but now feel it may be a little bitter/ sweet knowing what you are dealing with.
So from my family to yours - please accept our sincere condolences Joe

Brad & Jo T - Cairns, Australia

Lara Coimbra 07/17/11 2011 11:21:11 PM

I cried reading this...
it must be really hard to lose a father, and I'm sure he'll be watching Joe and his band mates from heaven.

Barbara Klose 07/19/11 2011 01:16:28 AM

Wonderful Tribute, Mal! I truly know the sadness Joe is feeling at this time, as I have lost both my Father, and more recently, my Mum. Basically, it feels as if you've lost your Best Friend. Time passes, things get a little better, but good memories and scrapbooking my photos got me through the toughest of times. Keep him in your heart forever and may peace be with You and Your Family, Joe. God Bless!

Lepfan4ever 07/19/11 2011 02:12:17 AM

My deepest sympathy and prayers are with Joe & his family.
May the days ahead give you & yours strength and health at this difficult time.I know what its like to lose a parent. God Bless you Joe

canurockme37 07/19/11 2011 03:47:15 AM

My love and Prayers go out to Joe and his family !!

DannyC8888 07/19/11 2011 08:24:09 AM

Deepest sympathy's and prayers to Joe and his Family...

Danny, Fresno Ca.

Pamela Jones Presley 07/19/11 2011 05:19:17 PM

Sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for your family.

Can't wait to see ya in Dallas, Texas. Sorry Heart isn't going to be with ya but excited to hear who will. Fingers crossed for Aerosmith.

Bugmeat 07/20/11 2011 02:51:51 PM

My deepest condolences go out to the Elliott family and friends. I believe that last night was in Milwaukee, and I must say Joe gave an inspiring performance! Thanks!

TexasT 07/21/11 2011 07:38:04 PM

Dads are great, especially those that will do anything to see their children succeed. God bless you and the family, Joe. Remember the great times. Peace.

4everDefLepfan 07/22/11 2011 03:06:13 AM

Sorry to hear about the loss of you dad. My prayers go out to you and your family.

SSG-Martin 07/23/11 2011 02:19:41 PM

Joe, it sounds like you had a very supportive father, like mine who encouraged you and was into your music. Know that your father just left the physical world Joe, and that he will be with you forever spiritually and he will look out for you and guide you. On a sidenote I personally want to thank the band for helping me endure two very violent and chaotic tours in Iraq from 2003 to 2005. I was a tank commander and playing the Leps music made the insanity alot easier to deal with. I had Hysteria playing through the intercom on my tank and the younger guy's loved it.

Thanks again guy's for making kick ass music and making some amazing memories :p

Leapyear64 07/26/11 2011 09:52:50 PM


My deepest sympathies on the passing of your father. You and your family are in my prayers. I was shocked to hear the news. You have been through so much but I'm sure this is the hardest. Take it one day at a time and you will all pull through. May the support of friends comfort the family. Mal, thank you for a beautiful tribute to a man who obviously loved his son dearly.
I don't know how familiar you are with music artists in the U.S., but I'd like to tell you that an album by Tim Mcgraw, "Live Like You Were Dying" has a song on it that helped me cope with death of my grandfather. The song is entitled "We Carry On". The theme of the song is that no matter what adversities we face in life, we are capable of overcoming and moving on. The album has a lot of soul searching songs on it. I hope you get the opportunity to listen to it.
I've listened to the band's music since high school (early 80's). I have to thank my husband, who's my high school sweetheart, for introducing me to your music. He left his cassettes (WHAT!) with me while he did a 6 month tour in Japan with the U.S. Marines. I figured why just have them sitting around. He had the Pyromania album. I was a fan after listening to the album just once. I'm happy to announce that I just replaced the tape with a CD.(Better late than never).
I've only started reading about the band since I saw you in concert in Scranton, Pa on June 29th. That's why I was shocked about your dad's passing. As countless others have said, we are behind you during this difficult time. May God bless you and your family

Deanna S.

dflpfn83 07/31/11 2011 01:28:46 PM

Joe, I hope you have a nice day on your birthday & many more.
Forever your fan - NYS

Holly F O'Dell 08/01/11 2011 01:59:55 AM

I hope you have a very wonderful 52nd birthday Joe because you deserve nothing less. Have a great birthday.

Talia Jurgens Borders 08/01/11 2011 06:04:21 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOE!!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!! Looking forward to the show!

dlbabygurl 08/01/11 2011 08:03:52 PM

Happy Birthday Joe! Love You.

Carla Rodgers 08/04/11 2011 08:03:35 AM

I lost my dad in 2001. We did not have a great relationship. I know by reading and seeing the different photos that Joe Sr. loved his son and supported his dreams. I am really sorry for your loss and he isn't really completely gone, he is always with you.

Thank you Joe Sr. for giving your son the money to record and giving the rest of us in this world a hero to look up to.

Carla Rodgers

dflpfn83 08/25/11 2011 01:40:41 AM

Vivian, I hope you have a great day on your birthday & many more.
Forever your fan - NYS

NorthernMonkey 08/31/11 2011 05:27:17 PM

Hi Joe,sorry to hear of the news about your dad,both myself ( Granville and my sister Shirley) send our condolences at this sad time.
My parents Mary & Fred lived opposite your mum & dad at Skegness at #8 and when my dad passed away your parents attended his funeral and we really appreciated that Joe.
I used to 'pop' in to see your dad and we would chat in his garage about R/C Model Aircraft, cos' like ur dad, I also built and flew them.We had a laugh at the time he told me about the model rocket he had made and had accidently lit the fuse on it by the blowtorch he was using in the garage...WHOOOOOSH!!!!! off it went outta the garage, skimmed a house roof across the road and was last seen heading for Skegness Airport,he never knew of where it went....said he pulled the garage door down and kept low.
We certainly had a good laugh.
I don't know if u read these msg's but thinking of you and your mum at this sad time.

Granville & Shirley

Betty Singley 09/01/11 2011 01:42:37 AM

Joe, i am so sorry for your loss. i have recently lost my mother and best friend. it takes awhile to get over this but it does get alittle easier. just remember that your father is always watching, and he is your angel. love you and the band forever, betty singley a huge fan for 30 years.p.s. i hope you have a great tour. i was hoping to see your concert(ive never been to any concert) but i was diagnosed with breast cancer so i could not go. my best wishes!