Joe Elliott’s Birthday – August 1, 1959
Posted 8/1/2014 12:00:00 AM

Joe Elliott’s Birthday – August 1, 1959

Conversation Starters

  • Joe Elliott celebrates his birthday today! What’s your favorite Def Leppard song?
  • Happy Birthday Joe Elliott! How will you celebrate the Def Leppard frontman?
  • A very Happy Birthday going out to Def Leppard frontman Joe Elliott! Which of the band’s songs do you think best shows off his vocal talent?


Fast Facts

  • Born: Joseph Thomas Elliott on August 1, 1959 in Sheffield, UK
  • Age: 55
  • He is best known as the frontman for Def Leppard
  • His first stage appearance was at age 11 when he was impersonating Elvis at a school play
  • Elliott met his future band mates by chance after missing his bus to school
    • All members were in their teens when they formed Def Leppard
  • Elliott first tried out on guitar for “Atomic Mass” – the precursor to Def Leppard – he was later switched to vocals
  • It was Elliott’s suggestion that the band change their name to “Deaf Leopard” which he had made up in his youth – the band’s name was eventually changed to “Def Leppard”
  • Def Leppard rose to fame in the 80s, and their 1981 song “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak” was one of the first rock songs to be played on MTV; they have since sold more than 100 million records
  • He is one of only two original members of Def Leppard to appear on every one of the band’s albums
  • Elliott is a devoted Mott the Hoople fan
    • He formed a tribute band for them with the Quireboys called Down N’ Outz and the band released the album My ReGeneration in 2010 and The Further Adventures Of in 2014.
  • Elliott was also the singer for a David Bowie tribute band called Cybernauts along with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen; they released one album online in 2001
  • He has worked with several other artists including the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and Thin Lizzy’s Ricky Warwick
  • Elliott hosts a radio show on which airs on Saturday nights


Personal Info

  • Elliott currently lives in Dublin, Ireland
  • Parents: Joe Elliott Sr. and Cindy Elliott; he is an only child
  • He attended King Edward VII school
  • Married Karla Ramdhani in 1989 – they divorced five years later
  • Currently married to Kristine Wunschel  (2004)
    • Together have a son, Finlay (2009)







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