Joe Elliott tells AC/DC’s Brian Johnson why Def Leppard will always play the hits live

Def Leppard's Joe Elliott
Def Leppard's Joe Elliott (Image credit: Slaven Vlasic - Getty)

The next episode of the US broadcast of Brian Johnson’s Life On The Road (opens in new tab) will see the AC/DC (opens in new tab) frontman chatting to Def Leppard (opens in new tab) vocalist Joe Elliott (opens in new tab).

The show will be screened on AXS TV (opens in new tab) this Sunday (October 6) at 9pm EST and will see Elliott reflecting on the band's Pyromania (opens in new tab) and Hysteria (opens in new tab) tours, as well as the tragedies the band suffered along the way and more.

In a new clip from this weekend’s broadcast, which originally aired in the UK in 2017, Elliott says he has “no problem” with playing the band’s hits live onstage.

He adds: “When I go and see the Rolling Stones (opens in new tab) or Paul McCartney (opens in new tab), I'm not really bothered about hearing Flowers In The Dirt (opens in new tab) – I want to hear Eleanor Rigby.

“If you didn’t play anything off Back In Black there would be a riot. If we don’t play things off Hysteria, we are pleasing the 1% that criticise it. 

“I’ve always said, if you can’t handle the responsibility of writing a hit, don’t write it.”

The following Sunday’s episode will see Johnson travel to San Rafael, California, to meet Metallica (opens in new tab) drummer Lars Ulrich (opens in new tab), who shares stories from his band’s Wherever We May Roam tour and more.

Brian Johnson: A Life On The Road - remaining episodes
Oct 06: Joe Elliott
Oct 13: Lars Ulrich
Oct 20: Nick Mason
Oct 27: Billy Joel
Nov 03: Joe Walsh
Nov 10: Dolly Parton
Nov 17: Paul Rodgers
Dec 01: Mick Fleetwood

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