Brian Johnson’s “A Life on the Road” returns this Sunday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV. This week, AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson sits down with Def Leppard lead vocalist Joe Elliott to discuss his prolific career.
In a sneak peek clip, Elliott talks about the “responsibility” artists have to play their biggest hits to a live audience. The British native singer-songwriter told Johnson that he has no problem playing older hits because that’s what fans want to hear most.
“I have no problem playing the hits on stage,” said Elliott. “When I go and see the [Rolling] Stones or [Paul] McCartney, I'm not really bothered about hearing ‘Flowers in the Dirt,’ I wanna hear ‘Eleanor Rigby.’ It’s like if you didn’t play anything off ‘Back in Black,’ there’d be a riot. If we don’t play things off ‘Hysteria,’ we are pleasing the one percent that criticizes it. I’ve always said, and I’ll say it a million more times before I die, no doubt, if you can’t handle the responsibility of writing a hit, don’t write it.”
“It’s not an education center when you come to see a big band. It’s a place—I don’t want to sound pretentious when I say a place of worship—but you’re coming to celebrate what you know. And part of going to see AC/DC, Def Leppard, U2, Duran Duran, Iron Maiden, doesn’t matter who it is, is to hear all the stuff that you saw on MTV, or that you heard as a kid.”
Classic rock fans everywhere most likely agree with what Elliott is saying. Bands are launched from their breakout hits. Naturally, concertgoers want to hear them.
Def Leppard has been making music and performing for over 40 years. The UK native hard rockers have sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Some of their biggest hits include “Photograph,” “Rock of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Love Bites,” and more. These songs have transcended generations and are understandably fan favorites at live shows.
It’s clear in the preview clip that Brian Johnson understands what Elliott is saying about the necessity of playing your hit songs for fans. Without those hits, fans buying the records, and attending live shows, a group or an artist will not succeed.
Brian Johnson’s “A Life on the Road” airs every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV. Next week, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich will guest star (Oct. 13)
“A Life on the Road” follows AXS TV’s original series “Paul Shaffer Plus One,” which airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. This week, Shaffer interviews ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons. Find AXS TV on your TV.