Def Leppard member Joe Elliott recently celebrated Paul McCartney’s 80th birthday by playing the opening lines to The Beatles song “I’ve Just Seen A Face” during Def Leppard’s June 18 concert in Miami, Florida as part of “The Stadium Tour”.
Joe Elliott opens up on performing the Beatles cover song
Elliott reflected on his attempt at performing the track during the second episode of Def Leppard’s “Behind The Stadium Tour” YouTube video series. He said: “I took it upon myself to try and play ‘I Just Saw A Face’ [sic] by The Beatles and I completely bollocked it up. I couldn’t remember the words. I forgot the chords. I wouldn’t have passed the audition for ‘America’s Got Talent’, put it that way. But I did get the entire audience to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Sir Paul McCartney, which was very special. Hopefully he’ll see it on YouTube or something like that and he’ll know that we were thinking about him, because he’s a big part of our lives.”
Def Leppard recently had a bout with rain for much of its performance on Thursday night (June 16) at the opening show of “The Stadium Tour” in Atlanta, Georgia. The veteran rockers closed out the show at Truist Park that included co-headliners Motley Crue and support from Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
Def Leppard’s long-delayed North American trek with Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts was originally planned for 2020 and later moved to 2021 and then to 2022. “The Stadium Tour” will conclude on September 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“The Stadium Tour” marks the Crue’s first live dates since wrapping its 2014/2015 farewell tour. Crue toured with Poison back in 2011 and Def Leppard teamed up with Poison for a string of road dates in 2017, but this tour marks the first time all four acts have hit the road together for an extended tour.