Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock Features Def Leppard Singer, Extended Interview Online
On Tuesday, Aug. 11, Def Leppard singer and guitarist Joe Elliott joined Paul Shaffer for an exclusive interview on Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock. The feature aired on affiliate stations throughout the country and can be heard online here. An extended interview is now available online at http://bit.ly/1NqbAvn. In the interview, Elliott discusses new music from Def Leppard, the band’s live shows and Hysteria on the High Seas – their first-ever cruise that will set sail in January 2016.
After being a band for 40 years, Elliott explained how – despite drastic changes in the music industry – touring has remained relatively constant.
“The stage goes at one end and the seats are there and that’s not changed in probably a hundred years. The crowd, obviously, updates. People go. People come back. People have kids. They go away [and then] they come back 10 years later with their kids. There’s a constant kind of regeneration,” Elliott said.
Elliott also talked about Def Leppard’s forthcoming self-titled album. The band opted to produce it themselves, as Elliott elaborated, “We know, after 35 years, what kind of record we want to make.”
Elliott continued that the album will have “a bit of everything.” In explaining their decision to title the album Def Leppard, he said that it is “very representative of who we are right now.” Listen to the full interview here.
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Paul Shaffer served as David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years. Shaffer spent five years with the original “Saturday Night Live,” during which he played keyboards, composed special musical material, served as musical director for The Blues Brothers, and was a featured performer (which included his unforgettable Don Kirshner impression). Shaffer composed the LATE SHOW theme song and co-wrote the timeless classic “It’s Raining Men,” and has recorded with such diverse artists as Diana Ross, Yoko Ono and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers, in addition to his own albums, “Coast to Coast” (1989) and “The World’s Most Dangerous Party” (1993.) He has appeared in numerous feature films, including portraying prototypical promo man Artie Fufkin in the seminal mockumentary “This Is Spinal Tap.” His first book, We’ll Be Here For The Rest of Our Lives – A Swingin’ Showbiz Saga, was released in 2009.
Grammy-winner Shaffer continues to serve as musical producer for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony since its inception in 1986, and led the band for the “We Are the World” finale of “Live Aid.” Shaffer hosted CBS’s 1994 New Year’s Eve special from New York’s Times Square and was musical director of the closing concert at the 1996 Olympic Games. He appeared with the Blues Brothers at the 1996 Super Bowl halftime show and was musical director of the 1999 “Concert of the Century” at the White House, featuring Eric Clapton, B. B. King, Gloria Estefan, and ‘N Sync. He was the musical director of Paul McCartney’s “Concert for New York” and appeared with Faith Hill on the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon, both of which honored and raised money for victims of 9/11.
Paul Shaffer holds two honorary doctorate degrees, was inducted into the National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame, and was recently awarded a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He is currently the National Spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. He lives in the New York area with his wife and two children.
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