DEF LEPPARD FRONTMAN JOE ELLIOTT AND ROLLING STONE EDITOR DAVID FRICKE TO TAPE NEW EPISODE OF SPEAKEASY
On May 18th, Public Television’s critically acclaimed conversation series Speakeasy, will return to New York City’s Iridium to film an all new episode featuring legendary frontman Joe Elliott and Rolling Stone Editor David Fricke. Doors will open at 1:30 pm and the show will begin promptly at 2:30 pm.
Joe Elliott became the lead singer for the metal band Def Leppard in the late 1970s. With Def Leppard, Elliott wrote songs, drawing pop and soft rock sounds from a variety of musical influences, including Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. Def Leppard gained an incredible amount of fame in the early 1980s, with such songs as “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” (1981)—one of the first hard rock songs played on MTV—and 1983’s “Photograph.” By the mid-1980s, Def Leppard was a household name. The band’s success continued into the late 1980s and ’90s. Their 1987 album Hysteria, which produced two huge songs, “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites”—a No. 1 song on Billboard‘s Hot 100 list. Following their 1993 album, Retro Active, Def Leppard produced a greatest-hits project, Vault(1995). Throughout Def Leppard’s decades-long career, the band sold more than 100 million albums and is considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 1980s.
Speakeasy is the ground-breaking public television series from the producers of Front and Center which pairs Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award and Tony Award winners, and iconic musicians with and interviewer of their choice. The result is an intimate conversation that leads to stories, experiences and compelling viewpoints that may not have been heard before. Speakeasy will return to public television for a fourth season November 2018.